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Cat house! designed for cats’ enjoyment

Enjoy your tour of a creative, comfy cat house!  designed for cats’ enjoyment:


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    • Cover PhotoEnd Puppy Sales - Round Rock Citizens for Animal Welfare  End Puppy Sales – Round Rock Citizens for Animal Welfare   We are working to end the sale of puppies in Round Rock, Tx.

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End Puppy Sales – Round Rock Citizens for Animal Welfare   If you are interested in spreading awareness while celebrating the survivors of puppy mills, at a great event, please come join us Sunday, September 27th from 10a to 2p.  All details here!|By Puppy Mill Awareness Day Texas        End Puppy Sales – Round Rock Citizens for Animal Welfare  Another issue we brought up during our meeting last week with the pet store owner was the insufficient regulations imposed on puppy mills by the USDA. We wanted to provide some education on why it is not safe or ethical to buy from puppy mills even if they are USDA licensed. The Federal Animal Welfare Act does little to protect the dogs in puppy mills. Here a just a few of the major issues:

1.There is no required that the dogs receive regular veterinary exams.
2.There is no limit on the number of times a female dog may be bred in a given time period.
3.It allows dogs to live in the cold and heat as long as temperate is not below 45 deg or above 85 deg for more than 4 hours.
4.In many cases, the USDA continues to authorize licenses even if the owner has a history of animal welfare violations.…/why-the-federa…

End Puppy Sales – Round Rock Citizens for Animal Welfare   September 14 at 10:04am ·  Throughout this week, we want to share some of the info we reviewed in our meeting last week. First, we discussed how wire bottom housing can be detrimental to puppies. Two of our most significant concerns are below.

1.Sanitation: Requiring animals to walk on fecal matter to mash it through floor openings with their feet results in unsanitary conditions and can cause disease-spreading fecal matter to become caked on both the animals and their enclosures.
2.The difficulties of moving naturally on grid flooring can cause animals to restrict their activity in order to avoid discomfort and can also lead to anxiety, depression, frustration, and other behavioral problems in animals denied solid resting surfaces.     For full details, see this fact sheet from HSUS:…/wire_grid_floor_pm_fact_shee…  humanesociety.orgve

City of Fredericksburg, TX, Animal Shelter

The City of Fredericksburg, TX, Animal & & 830-456-5792 & 830-997-1907  (details, below).  Community partnership with PAWS: & animal advocate:  Kelly Musselman:;; & 830-997-5398

The City of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter has commonly been known as the City Pound, WELL THOSE DAYS ARE OVER! We now have a New Name, (City of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter), a New Look & a New Attitude!

The City Of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter is run and funded by the City of Fredericksburg & is under the jurisdiction of the Fredericksburg Police Department. The functions of animal control & the shelter are to enforce the city’s animal control laws, take in lost, stray & owner-surrendered dogs & cats. We are a minimum kill shelter. Dogs & cats that are brought in as strays have to be kept for a minimum of 4 days; if unclaimed, they then become the property of the City of Fredericksburg. After the 4 days, the animals are evaluated and then put up for adoption. At this time, the cats are socialized & the dogs are started on an obedience program as time allows. Unfortunately, due to limited space, some of the dogs & cats may have to be euthanized to make room for the new ones. The dogs & cats, which are adopted, have a small adoption fee that includes spaying/neutering & a rabies shot.

Many dogs & cats are surrendered to the shelter because of their behavioral problems. Most of these problems have simple solutions & can be resolved with some owner education, basic obedience classes, being spayed or neutered & a little bit of the owner’s time.

Fredericksburg has an existing & growing problem with stray & feral cats. We are working hard to get this problem under control, but need your help as a responsible pet owner. We need the citizens of Fredericksburg to start spaying & neutering their cats & dogs to help control this over population!

Our friendly staff includes Micky Moellering (Animal Control Officer) & Yvonne Gerhardt (Shelter Manager).     Yvonne Gerhardt  Shelter Manager      Micky Moellering  Animal Control Officer     Located two miles east on RR 1631 / Olive St. & then right onto 219 Landfill Lane; Fredericksburg, TX 78624     Hours of Operation   Monday – Friday:  9:30A-4P   Closed Weekends   830-997-1907       Weekend or Outside of City Limit Contacts   For information concerning animal control on weekends or outside the City of Fredericksburg (Gillespie County), you can contact the Law Enforcement Office at 830-997-7585

Willow Creek Global Leadership Conference: 250,000+ simultaneous participants worldwide;;; Donnie@BeeCreek.Net;;;;;;;; NHengst;; KarenH@CTESC.Net;;;;;;;;;;;;

David Priem; Gil Becker; Mike Birdlebough; Donnie Burgner; Iris Burrer; Jan Campbell; Carrie Culpepper; Brian & Mary Eckert; Carol Feuge; Kim Gibbs; Harvey Hengst; Nan Hengst; Greg Henricksen; Karen Henricksen; Chuck Jenschke; Shanese Lochte; Doyle & Stacey Moellering; Amy Montgomery; Steve Olfers; Paul Unger; Judy Vordenbaum; Bobby Vitek; Bob Hickerson; Alice White; Penny McBride; Kory Keller

WCA:  wonderful information & looking ahead to 2016 when FBG hosts the simulcast event.

AVW’s de-brief:

My eternal “Thanks!” for having included me in the Willow Creek Global Leadership Conference.  Because I can’t participate in your upcoming de-brief meeting … due to an on-going Tues. evening commitment, here (below) is my three-item follow-up report … for you to e-share, edit, etc. …. as you deem appropriate.  I welcome ideas, requests & offers from others – in furtherance of others’ goals / Life calling / vision – especially those whose goals might naturally align with my animal-welfare activities &/or that I might be able to be helpful with (given that I’m a “connector” & repeatedly identified as “connected” or with “connectedness” ****  ).

As a direct result of the Willow Creek conference:

  1. Several of my newly begun,* animal-welfare activities were validated in my heart, mind & soul;
  2. After having procrastinated for 1.5 yr. (ever since moving from Lubbock to FBG in 2-’14), I have visited in person with The City of FBG Animal Shelter folks & PAWS representative.**
  3. Together we have mutually agreed up some plans, which are now being put into action*** … through increasingly leverage-able opportunities (via Willow Creek Global Leadership Conference, three Rotary clubs of FBG, Leadership Gillespie County & other serendipitous / Divinely inspired connections)

I look forward to serving as an on-site, Year 2016 volunteer when the Willow Creek Global Leadership Conference is simulcast in FBG!       Alice    Trustee, Hill Country University Center Foundation & Texas Hill Country Community Foundation; Pres.-Elect, Rotary Club of FBG Morning …

**  the wonderful manager of the City of FBG Animal Shelter Yvonne Gerhardt, her supervisor Braxton (who encouraged me to update informally at weekly Rotary luncheons … his supervisor Chief of Police Steve Wietz)  & one of  Yvonne’s community partners Bonnie Smith with PAWS.

*  $7.5K-to-be-funded on or before 12-31’20:  City of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter endowment in honor of Yvonne Gerhardt & Bonnie Smith at the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country in Kerrville, TX; PO Box 291354, Kerrville, TX  78029-1354; 830-896-8811 (www.CommunityFoundation.Net & click on blue FundWeb box)

Funded!  $7.5K  Fredericksburg Dog Park endowment in honor of the Rotary Clubs of FBG at the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country in Kerrville, TX; PO Box 291354, Kerrville, TX  78029-1354; 830-896-8811 (www.CommunityFoundation.Net & click on blue FundWeb box)

Funded!  $7.5K  Fredericksburg PAWS endowment in honor of Bonnie Smith & Yvonne Gerhardt to provide resources for spay-neuter of cats & dogs in Gillespie County (with a preference for stray, homeless & feral cats); at the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country in Kerrville, TX; PO Box 291354, Kerrville, TX  78029-1354; 830-896-8811 (www.CommunityFoundation.Net & click on blue FundWeb box)

***  Coincidence?  Divine Intervention?  After the two-day, orientation-retreat of the Leadership Gillespie County Class of 2016 (with LGC classmate Mike Birdlebough, a Willow Creek alumnus / volunteer & fellow Rotarian), the newly elected president of our LGC 2016 class asked me to follow up with the Animal Shelter, PAWS & the Dog Park folks – to inquire about their needs & plans … in case our LGC Class of 2016 might be interested in volunteering &/or adopting one or more of their Wish List project(s), that we can accomplish before our May 2016 graduation.  I’ve done so.  In the meantime, here are my personal, animal shelter-related offers to-be-shared with my 19 LGC classmates:     Three OffersI am willing to pay for three awareness-building &/or perpetual financial-support kinds of services, below, as part of my in-kind services in support of &/or in addition to our class project(s) during our 2015-2016 class year (& beyond … if class members are willing for me to do so) …  to benefit the City of FBG Animal Shelterwhile simultaneously mentioning our LGC Class of 2016.  … something like Sponsored by the Leadership Gillespie County Class of 2016    … within the weekly newspaper ads, monthly Welcome! announcements & annual reports &  on-going social media announcements from the Texas Hill Country Community Foundation.    Details:  Because of my animal-welfare “calling in Life,” I already have the Three-Offer activities well into The Start-up Phase (e.g., approval through director of The City of FBG Animal Shelter manager & sales staffer with the local newspaper; pending approval for new services through Welcome to FBG visits, that I already purchase for other organizations; & to-be-finalized paperwork-pending through the Texas Hill Country Community Foundation where I am a trustee).  Except for Jennifer / Welcome to FBG, I’ve spoken with all folks involved.  They helped me create the three plans, below; & are talking among themselves to put the three plans into action – for the benefit of the Animal Shelter..  The newspaper display ads will start in mid-Sept.  The Welcome services will start after I receive Sept.’s Welcome bill & brainstorm with Jennifer about revising the resources she talks about on my behalf.  I have my $1,000 Animal Shelter “down payment” ready for the Community Foundation as soon as the Community Foundation & The City of FBG / Animal Shelter folks decide exactly which entity will receive the annual, available earnings for exclusive use by the Animal Shelter.  I plan to have completed the Animal Shelter endowment at the $7,500 level  on or before 12-31-’20.  In the meantime & into perpetuity, the legal documents & publicity by the Community Foundation about the FBG Animal Shelter endowment – with class members’ permission – can include mention of our LGC Class of 2016.

****   from Malcolm Gladwell’s  national bestseller The Tipping Point:  How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Back Bay Books; 2000) says that the powerful business strategy of “connecting” is accomplished by a “handful of exceptional people” with “a special gift for bringing the world together” by “moving up and down and back and forth among all the different worlds and subcultures and niches and levels” (pp. 21, 38, 43, 48, 51).       Also, from StrengthsQuest profile:  my “Top 5” Signature Themes are explained, below.    – The Signature Themes report below displays my five most powerful themes, as indicated by my responses to the Clifton StrengthsFinder, The Gallup Organization’s online talent assessment instrument.     ALICE’s SIGNATURE THEMES     Connectedness      Things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. You are sure of it because in your soul you know that we are all connected. Yes, we are individuals, responsible for our own judgments and in possession of our own free will, but nonetheless we are part of something larger. Some may call it the collective unconscious. Others may label it spirit or life force. But whatever your word of choice, you gain confidence from knowing that we are not isolated from one another or from the earth and the life on it. This feeling of Connectedness implies certain responsibilities. If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. Your awareness of these responsibilities creates your value system. You are considerate, caring, and accepting. Certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand, you can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives. The exact articles of your faith will depend on your upbringing and your culture, but your faith is strong. It sustains you and your close friends in the face of life’s mysteries.  … Psychologists at The Gallup Organization have been investigating the nature of human strengths for over 30 years. During that time, Gallup interviewed over two million people — the best teachers, doctors, lawyers, managers, salespeople, leaders, software programmers, and other professionals — to discover what made them successful. From all these interviews, 34 recurring patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior emerged. These patterns, or “themes” as Gallup calls them, are the raw materials for building a strong and productive life.  A person does not need to possess all of these themes; to live a strong life, one simply has to identify which of the 34 are their most powerful — their Signature Themes — and then cultivate them with learning, practice, and focus. The Clifton StrengthsFinder measures a person’s talent within each of these 34 themes and immediately reveals his or her five most powerful themes.  You can learn more about the Clifton StrengthsFinder at

FBG Animal Shelter & PAWS awareness & outreach plans. Also, Big Fix in Kerrville, TX & (830-997-2155; 712 W. Main; FBG 78624),  weekly 5.437” x 3” display ad into the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post.  to engage readers in a wide variety of ways — to save precious canines’ & felines’ sacred lives:  .

  • Invite readers to save &/or share your Keepsake ads about the cats & dogs
  • Call us into Action with all the ways folks can proactively help:  get their own pets spayed/neutered & how to get PAWS’ spay-neuter vouchers; proactively foster roaming cats or dogs; post “Lost” or “Found” cats & dogs on FB & other social media:  maybe even tell us how to electronically post (or recommend that we recruit a child to show us <smile>)
  • Share your own &/or PAWS’ Wish List about what you most need
  • PAWS spayed / neutered 14,000+ dogs & cats since 2004.  In 2015, PAWS fixed 424 pet cats, 235 dogs & 373 community cats.  100% volunteers & funded only by individual donors.  PAWS’ expenses between $6K-$7K / mo.


  • An unspayed female cat, her mate & all of their offspring can total:  11,606,077 cats in 9 years:  1 yr. = 12 cats; 2 yrs. = 67 cats; 3 yr. = 376 cats; 4 yr. = 2,107 cats; 5 yr. = 11,801 cats;  6 yr. =66,088 cats; 7 yr. – 370,092 cats; 8 yr. = 2,072,514 cats; 9 yr. = 11,606,077 cats!  Prevent senseless euthanasia in shelters:  spay & neuter your pets.


  • Invite Rotary Interact Clubs or other in-school, after-school (like Boys & Girls Club members) or faith-based Youth Groups like Young Life … to collect & donate dog food or cat food or save old newspapers for bedding; or provide gift cards for the shelter, or offer to become a PAWS volunteer coordinator (Bonnie, I LOVE your packet of PAWS information!!!); etc.
  • Invite other individuals or organizations to $pon$or display ad(s) in the newspaper (to give me extra cash to get a $7,500.00 endowment started at the Community Foundation for the FBG Animal Shelter)
  • Invite other individuals or organizations to mention the FBG Animal Shelter FB page or Website &/or PAWS FB page or Website in their new or on-going ads in the newspaper or in other media.

Cat grooming at Pedernales Veterinary Clinic:  Yvonne Gerhardt:  830-997-1907 & 830-456-5792

Also:  Hill Country Animal League with affordable spay & neuter services; 924 N. Main St.; Boerne, TX  78006: & & 210-232-6156  & 830-249-2341.  Minimizing the overpopulation of unwanted dogs & cats in the Hill Country area by providing affordable spay-neuter & preventive-care services.

in Kerrville, TX: & 830-896-6053; P.O. Box 294003; KVL, TX  78029; JudySavage@ATT.Net & Sheila Gallagher at 830-377-1411.

Spay-neuter of dogs & cats in Gillespie County (Fredericksburg-area), TX

Spay-neuter of dogs & cats in Gillespie County (Fredericksburg-area), TX: & & 830-997-5854

PAWS’ Mission is to end animal cruelty through an aggressive spay/neuter program, coupled with an educational program on responsible pet ownership.

PAWS works in coordination with the veterinarians in Fredericksburg, Texas to provide spay/neuter assistance for cats & dogs in Gillespie County.  PAWS is a  non-profit organization solely run by volunteers.  Learn more about us!

Contact Us   830-990-1018

To schedule spay/neuter for your pet, or to receive information about Trap/Neuter/Return assistance. You can also email us at  for more information about our services & programs, or to volunteer with PAWS.

Contribute to spay-neuter endowment through the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country:  “Fostering philanthropy by helping our partners achieve their charitable goals in the Texas Hill Country … since 1982; 501c3 organizations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service & providing services in Kerr County & the communities of Fredericksburg, Harper, Stonewall, Comfort, Bandera, Medina & their outlying areas may apply for grants from the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country.  www.CommunityFoundationNet;;; Exec. Dir. Paul Urban Paul@CommunityFoundation.Net; 830-896-8811:  office;  830-343-7712:  cell; P.O. Box 291354   Kerrville, TX  78029-1354; 301 Junction Highway, Suite 346-B at the Main Wells Fargo Bank Building at Five Points in Kerrville, TX; Tax Identification # 74-2225369

Other spay-neuter, foster-adoption, no-kill animal-rescue organizations in the Texas Hill Country:  Blanco County Cat Coalition & Kerville’s Big Fix

Shadow Cats Rescues in Austin / Central, Texas

Shadow Cats Rescues in Austin / Central, Texas: &

former cat-related arrangements with Lubbock veterinarians & rescue organizations

$pon$or $y$tem  Since <October 7, 2013 through Feb. 2014 upon Alice’s move from Lubbock to Fredericksburg, TX

 Humane Society of West Texas’ S-N voucher + Acres North Veterinary Clinic-to-Lubbock Animal Services

Rescuers take cat(s) &/or kitten(s) directly to Acres North Veterinary Clinic at 13th & Slide Rd. [clinic uses AVW’s pre-paid blue-colored Humane Society of West Texas Spay-Neuter vouchers + AVW’$ full-vetting (including sedation if needed for upper-respiratory shot, microchipping, blood tests, full medications for spay-neuter, de-worming, bath) + Lubbock Animal Services picks up from Acres North Veterinary Clinic to place all-financial-profit cats &/or kittens onto LAS’ Adoption Row

Provided to community folks, via referrals from South Plains Wildlife Center & via word-of-mouth

No-charge Humane Society spay/ neuter/ vaccination/ vouchers

  • Take them directly to Acres North (5205 13th: SW corner of Slide & 13th: & 806-793-2863) or the Animal Hospital of Lubbock (7902 Slide Rd. & 806-794-4543);
  • Drop them off
  • Pick them up the next day & release them back (or ask Acres North to call Lubbock Animal Services to pick up kittens & cats for their Adoption Row)

*No-charge vouchers from the Humane Society include the spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination & an ear notch (to let folks know that the cat is spayed/neutered/vaccinated).  Donations to HSWT (to pay for the $67 cost of vouchers) are welcomed.

  1. HSWT President provides no-charge vouchers from the Humane Society for Texas Tech feral cats – for spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination & an ear notch (to let folks know that the cat is spayed/neutered/had rabies shot). Donations to HSWT (to pay for the $67 cost of vouchers) are welcomed.
  2. HSWT volunteer Janice Barnes (806-790-8979).
  3. Beverley Nichols (Beverley@SBCGlobal.Net& 806-792-1983) the go-to person for kittens & appreciates donations.  She gives excellent care to baby cats.
  4. Nancy McCutchen & her sister JoBeth feed/rescue TTUHSC feral cats @ S. Quaker & Loop 289:  806-632-0527 or 806-281-9953.
  5. Helpful cat-lovers:  Robin Bingham ( & 806-742-2976.
  6. TTU Housing has cat trap to help with Trap/Neuter/Release.
  7. & or 806-799-PETS.   Humane Society of West Texas’ every-Tuesday evening Wellness Clinic/Lubbock (, 6p until finished (usually about 9p): low-cost vaccinations for dogs & cats.  Get into the queue for your animal’s vaccinations/check-up exam.
  8. Carol Harber rescues & fixes cat: 806-794-3471 via G.Harber@SBCGlobal.Net / TAHFI Nom. Comm.


146 in-home Beloved, Eternal Foster Cats, 2 $pon$ored Dog$, 4 $pon$ored cats & 5 guests

through & or

806-799-PETS (7387); P.O. Box 67645; Lubbock  79424

 Since October 2010

146 placed  = 128 adopted (includes trap-vet-LAS) + 13 elsewhere + 5 Ferals = 146  [13 elsewhere = 3 all-white & deaf ferals released together at Sherrie Davis,’ animal-friendly apt. complex + 3 cats to Amarillo barn [2] Julie Lopez + 1 Pampa cat in dog cage for 2 yrs. + 3 cats to TTU/Education Dean Ridley’s Hereford ranch:  Onyx, Coal & Chloe; keep relocated feral cats indoors only & fed & watered for 4 weeks; must have on-site donkey to kill predator; Hot Shot Wildlife Center-Nichols; Margaret Hite buried in AVW yard]; + 1 feral Kyle back to his neighborhood & 1 Little Sweetheart Yeager returned to TTU / Art-Education]+ 5 FeralsAmanda Rogers [in-out 7- & 9-’12; ?limper?]; Ashes Timmer [8-‘12], Daisy Orfila [ 7-29-‘13];  Nancy / Ned  McCutcheon Sugar-&-Spice look-alike [?limper? semi-monthly night-time diner];  Spice Wilkinson [ 4?-’13; regular visitor for nightly diner]; & 4 guests:  black-&-white Felix Dodd; tiny, cold, wet, noisy, gray-white tiger kitten with Persian-like face from TTU Civil Engineering to Jamie Reed; & Julius Olson [Sept. to 10-20-‘12].

Many thanks to Jennifer Timmer, Beverley Nichols, Sherrie Davis, Jamie Reed, Amanda Rogers, Krysti Agosta & all Humane Society of West Texas (Janice with HSWT Wellness: 806-466-1310 after 5p); PetSmart / Canyon West & PetSmart / South Slide Rd.; Dr. Jorgelina Orfila & Lubbock Animal Services [7 + 5 + 3] for helping beloved SPFB farm kittens, various Pampa cats, Snowflake, Buttons, Houdini & others find their new, forever families.

Facts about Cats:

Facts about Cats:

Cat as a bear repellant!  What’s it’s like to live with a cat

a Cat’s Guide to Taking care of your human & “Welcome” to a new kitten from the veteran cat of the home: & continuing videos (including  “Dear Kitten:  Regarding the Dog”  Hilarious, endearing … true!  “Dear Kitten regarding The Big [football] Game” (about humans’ TV-watching habits & how to get wet, cat food on demand).

Friskies cat food has a wonderful, cat-video series that continues automatically (see whether you can watch just one video — bet you can’t!): &

Perpetual “wildness” of “domesticated” cats:

Hilarious videos of cats

Hilarious videos of cats:

Cats’ intimidating dogs:

Facts about Cats:

Cat as a bear repellant! 

Bluebonnet Equine Rescue / Humane Society in Austin, TX, USA

2015 marks Bluebonnet’s Tenth Year – and it’ll be the best year yet!

We’re off to a busy start this year, helping needy horses get a second chance at life!  If you haven’t already joined or renewed your membership to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, please consider becoming part of our team.  Memberships start at just $25 for twelve months.  When you join the rescue, you become a part of a team that’s helped over 750 horses in ten years!  Membership fees help us with the horse’s expenses, and members gain access to our email lists and Facebook groups and receive free and discounted admission to some events.  You can join Bluebonnet at



Membership Meeting and Social Hour

All current Bluebonnet members are invited to our membership meeting on February 21 in Austin, Texas.  We’ll present a history of the rescue, discuss our upcoming events, and have a Q&A session.  You can email for more information.


Pampered Chef Fundraiser 

Let’s kick off 2015 right and help Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society’ with a great donation!!!!!

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society is holding an ONLINE Pampered Chef Fundraiser!
10-15% of your total purchase will be donated to them!
This is your chance to purchase with a purpose! Make your cooking and entertaining a breeze with the help of Pampered Chef products!

To support Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society and order through this online fundraiser:
1. Go to
2. Choose your items, and check out.
Please choose direct shipping and please no PO Boxes.


You can get more information at


Scentsy Fundraiser

Team Party Paws here to host a fundraiser for Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society! We are one of the largest online Scentsy fundraising groups on FB! I am here to host a party to raise the most I can for Bluebonnet via Scentsy sales. I give my ENTIRE commission to every rescue, shelter, humane society, sanctuary etc that I hold fundraisers for via selling Scentsy. I don’t make money off selling Scentsy, but to be able to help this many animals across the US is unimaginable and touches my heart each time a rescue says yes, let’s do one! That means I can help even more animals smile emoticon Inside I get giddy!!! I love doing it and most of the people on my team are the same way! So with that said, let’s get this party going!


Go to, click Open Parties, and select Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society – then shop!  Get great products while helping deserving hoses!

More information at



Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge Sponsors Needed

The Training Challenge is a competition in which professional trainers, foster homes, and youth work with a BEHS horse, pony, donkey, or mule for four months and then compete over an obstacle course and in a freestyle event at the Bluebonnet Horse Expo.  The goals of the Challenge are to get each horse the training he/she needs to find an adopter, to show off what rescue horses can do, and to get the horses adopted.

We’re seeking sponsors for this event.  Sponsor funds will help cover the cost of prize money, prizes, and advertising for the event.  Sponsorships start at just $25 and come with great benefits – the best being that you have a direct hand in helping needy horses find their forever homes!  For more info,



Foster Homes Needed

Foster homes critically needed for horses and other equines throughout Texas!

Be part of a team who helps rehab horses like Neela (below) – meet other horse lovers and expand your horse knowledge all while making a change in the lives of needy horses! We’ve recently had six different counties ask us to help with a total of nearly 25 horses, and we need more people on our fostering team!

BEHS pays/reimburses for pre-approved vet care, medications, and supplements. We also reimburse for de-wormered, $40 per farrier visit, and 60 cents/mile for pre-approved trailering. Hay, grain, and misc expenses are tax-deductible since we’re a nonprofit.

Learn more or download a fostering application at

The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures Of All Time

The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures Of All Time:

for fun: Cats’ Hallowe’en costumes

for fun:  cats’ Hallowe’en costumes:

PAWS: Pedernales Animal Welfare Society of Fredericksburg, TX

Pedernales Animal Welfare Society:  Saving Lives through Spay-Neuter:  830-990-1018; P.O. Box 2794, FBG, TX 78624; & &

Would you – &/or willing designee(s) – be available to assume any, some or all of the following roles? 

  1. Monthly Board of Directors meetings (FBG Morning Rotarian Kim Kimmey, Exec. Dir. of the Hill Country University Center, is our champion. Kim keeps the PAWS meeting-agendas focused, positive & on track.  She was part of an animal-friendly non-profit in Houston … that resulted in a no-kill program.)
  1. Quarterly Advisors meetings to ensure that PAWS board & volunteers are “on track” to accomplish our vision, mission, strategies & tactics (e.g., resuming the spay-neuter of 1,000 kittens/cats/puppies/dogs per year in this geographical area; applying for & receiving grants that align with PAWS’ mission, doing educational outreach with youth & the community; supporting the new FBG Dog Park & the new FBG Animal Shelter in whatever ways are helpful to you &/ to Yvonne Gerhardt.
  1. On-going or episodic volunteer(s) with specific PAWS programs, projects or activities: answering the PAWS telephone calls, responding to needs of telephone calls & other requests for help from PAWS:  trapping & transporting to-from veterinary appointments for spay-neutering; making TNR / trap-neuter-return presentations to community groups, donating, grant writing / fund-raising, etc.;
  1. Being on our contact list for updates & announcements about emerging opportunities to serve, donate, participate – to meaningfully collaborate with PAWS, e. g., collaborative advertising / public relations / marketing; community presentations to iOpener, Leadership Gillespie County, FunAfter5 for non-profit organizations; etc.

Please say “Yes:” &


Pedernales Animal Welfare Society:  Saving Lives through Spay-Neuter:  830-990-1018; P.O. Box 2794, FBG, TX 78624; & & & 830-990-1018   PAWS:  Pedernales Animal Welfare Society of Fredericksburg, TX; P.O. Box 2794; FBG, TX 78624.  The best reason to spay or neuter your pet was killed in a shelter today.  We cannot adopt our way out of our animal over-population.  Bonnie Smith:  830-997-5854; 409   East College St.; FBG, TX

Twice-annual garage sales to support spay/neuter program:  call 830-997-0888 to donate gently used goods (no clothing or electronics).

Andre & Marley’s Haven: Forever Home for abused … Exotic Birds

Andre & Marley’s Haven:  a forever home for abused, abandoned, neglected or surrendered exotic birds

Stacey, Steve & Kayla York; P.O. Box 2796; Fredericksburg, TX  78624; 830-456-1897 & &


Our goal:

1.  To give a loving, happy, healthy, clean & enriched forever home to all the birds in our care

2.  To education people about our birds & tell their stories

3.  To help people keep the birds they have & help them work through their birds’ behavioral problems.


Birds are shown by appointment only.  Contact us to schedule a time to come view them, or we will bring some of them to you.

You will have to sign a release form.