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Spay-neuter services in & around Gillespie County, TX (south-central TX: Fredericksburg, Stonewall …)

Contact information for two, spay-neuter organizations:

[1] 830-990-1018 & 

[2] FixFurLife: & 830-307-6019

  1. & then click on “Spay/Neuter

In the PAWS Trap-Neuter-Return program (aka spay/neuter)community cats and barn cats are humanely trapped with box traps, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the universal sign that animal has been neutered and vaccinated), and then returned to their outdoor home.   PAWS volunteers assist clients throughout the entire process for spay/neuter services.

Phone:  830-990-1018 (voice message)  E-Mail:  Mail:  PO Box 2794   Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

PAWS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides low and no-cost spay/neuter assistance to help residents control homeless cat/dog and unwanted pet populations in Gillespie County, Texas.    The mission of PAWS is to create a no-kill community that ends overpopulation of homeless animals and results in higher standards of animal treatment through effective educational and spay/neuter programs.    PAWS is funded entirely by charitable donations and is operated by volunteers who work alongside with other community resources to provide a better quality of life in Gillespie County.

PAWS coordinates our Trap-Neuter-Return (also: TNR or Spay/Neuter) Program with the City of Fredericksburg, Texas and area veterinarians.

Frequently Asked Questions:  What Is TNR?  How To Get TNR  Cat Terminology.

What We Do   Our volunteers assist clients by scheduling appointments for spay/neuter services, providing training seminars, and assisting with animal trapping plus other important educational programs.

  1. FixFurLife: & 830-307-6019 &

Schedule an Appointment for Owned Animals, Community Cats, or Animal Wellness Services

Owned Animals

Appointment Request Form and pricing/information for spaying or neutering your companion dogs and cats

Community Cats

Appointment Request Form and pricing/information for trapping and fixing community cats, including ferals, strays, barn cats and porch cats

Animal Wellness Services

Appointment Request Form and pricing/information for low-cost vaccination and other wellness services

FixFürLife is a program of the Hill Country SPCA

Contact FixFürLife
Hotline: 830.307.6019

Contact Hill Country SPCA
Phone: 830.990.9085
2981 S. Highway 16
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
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Hill Country SPCA Hours:
Monday: 1-6 pm
Tuesday-Friday: 10 am-6 pm
Saturday: 10 am-2 pm
Sunday: Closed


Your lifetime legacy through Rotary!

FBG Morning Rotary Club + Rotary International [the organization all 35,000+ Rotary clubs belong to] + The Rotary Foundation [RI’s charitable “purse”] are potentially & eternally powerful … by offering a positive vision & ever-improving systems-of-work … available to each member (who chooses to do so) to partake of & leverage Rotary  resources … in order to make lasting, significant impacts toward win-win, enduring peace & prosperity on earth for all.  A personal “bonus” is that everything in Rotary is replicable to all aspects of each person’s life:  personal, social, financial, family, spiritual, physical.


How about inviting folks to Rotary Leadership Institute & other Rotary events – while continuously & simultaneously reminding us that Rotary has resources to help us meaningfully contribute toward world peace & prosperity for all?!  RI, TRF & our Rotary club offer us the resources to leave a Life Legacy – to help others who come after us …&  that everything about Rotary is potentially replicable to each member’s personal, business / professional, family, spiritual, financial & social life?!

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2018 drive-through Pet Rabies Clinic on occasional Saturdays at Willow City Fire Station: 2553 RR 1323

The Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (near Fredericksburg in south-central, TX) will sponsor the annual pet rabies vaccination clinic in Willow City on occasional Saturdays.

The event will be held at the Willow City Fire Station, located at 2553 Ranch Road 1323, between the hours of 2-4p. The Station will be set up for a drive-through clinic, which will allow pets to be treated from the owners’ vehicles. Also, those with aggressive or timid pets can be treated in the parking lot.

Rabies vaccinations will be administered by Dr. Pat O’Neil, DVM, of Pedernales Veterinary Center.  Cost per rabies shot is $9. Check or cash payments will be accepted.

Other vaccinations will be available upon request, including for dogs:  DHLPP $20 (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza), Bordetella $18, Rattlesnake $25, and/or Influenza $35, and including for cats:  FVRCP $15 (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus infection, panleukopenia), and/or Leukemia $20.

Annual rabies clinics throughout Gillespie County support the regular canine and feline vaccinations and have contributed both to the health of dogs and cats and to the public health. So, “Love your Pet, and Give it a Valentine” vaccination in Willow City on February 10.

Why God made a dog:

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FixFurLife: spay-neuter program in Gillespie County (south central), TX


 Hill Country SPCA, 2981 S Highway 16, Fredericksburg / south-central TX.

The Hill Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HCSPCA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new low-cost spay/neuter/vaccinate program called FixFürLife. FixFürLife will open for business on November 13 & will offer low-cost services for owned pets & donation-based services for community cats (including ferals, strays, barn cats & porch cats).

Thanks to local, caring veterinarians & concerned citizens, FixFürLife’s low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination program offers humane solutions to Gillespie County’s problem of pet overpopulation.

Getting your pet fixed is now easy & cost-effective. Residents of Fredericksburg & Gillespie County can simply request an appointment for their family pets & community cats at the HCSPCA or online at

HCSPCA Executive Director, Elizabeth Loggie commented, “We at HCSPCA are really excited about FixFürLife and are dedicated to its success. As Fredericksburg grows, the need for low-cost spay & neuter services is imperative. With the amount of animal dumping due to unwanted litters in our community, FixFürLife will be the front line to tackle pet overpopulation. This program’s success will directly impact our sheltering system & the health of our community.”

Loggie continued, “We want to thank members of the PAWS Board of Directors for helping us bring this community need to realization.”

To find out more about FixFurLife’s mission and services, to make an appointment for your pet(s) or feral cat colony, to volunteer, or to donate, go to


Spay/Neuter: Good for your pet, good for you & good for our community.


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Dealing with grief: & more

As many years as I’ve been in the health field, it’s never been easy to lose someone, whether personally or professionally. Although it’s something many people avoid talking about, death & the grief that follows it are unavoidable.

I was reminded of this recently after losing a lifelong friend who lost her battle with cancer. We knew some months ago that we would lose her… but it didn’t make it any easier. My grief is something I’m still dealing with (& know I will continue to deal with). I’ve been doing a lot of research for Public Health Corps on this topic lately in an effort to help any of our readers who may be going through a similar difficult time, & I thought I would share some of my findings with you, as well.

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Final Logistics: A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Loved One’s Belongings After Their Death:

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Transformational power of the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA, USA

Transformational power* of the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA, USA!

INSPIRING remarks from

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s attorney daughter, I drew this conclusion:  humans have a choice:  peace or extinction.  She received a prolonged, standing ovation.

Bill Gates:  When The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new pledge of millions more in “$2-for-$1 matching” dollars to End Polio Now, Bill said that as important as the dollars are (to end polio), the most important assets are the Rotarians & friends of Rotarians who go into & throughout the most dangerous countries to administer the vaccine & thus prevent a crippling, potentially life-diminishing, preventable disease.  A photo of an almost completely covered Pakistani woman was displayed at that point.  The photo could also have been of our beloved Judy & John Hutcherson.

The CEO of Coca-Cola mentioned Coke’s three international priorities:  water, women & communities.  Water:  because Coca-Cola uses so much of it, so they’re ever watchful to be thoughtful stewards of the resource;  women:  because women who are encouraged to become entrepreneurs can change the world for the better; & communities – to help them thrive … which also helps Coca-Cola financially prosper as well.   As a direct result of his presentation, today I actually passed over “my” drink-of-choice:  diet Mt. Dew & purchased a diet Coke instead.

Andrew Young — as wise as he was humorous.  He marched next to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King during the 1960s & concluded that much of the civil rights progress in the US was in direct response to businesses’ understanding the financial importance of our brothers & sisters of color. — & that the more they prospered, the more everyone prospered.  Although Young was trained to be humble, he chuckled that it’s hard to be humble when Atlanta named a street in his honor.

PERSONAL THRILLS:  I met a PDG who is in the hometown of my best friend (he just doesn’t yet know it) Dr. Pol – the naturally hilarious, kind, 70-ish-year-old  veterinarian in a National Geographic TV network series.  She promised to give my business card to him & to tell him “Hi” from his ardent “fan:”  me.  He’s an Honorary Rotarian in Mt. Pleasant, MI; a Paul Harris Fellow & regularly invited speaker at Rotary clubs & other Rotary events).

I got to see a woman from India donate $1M to End Polio Now.  What I was sputtering about her generosity, someone said that this is the 5th time she’s donated $1M!

I accidentally got seated next to an incoming trustee for The Rotary Foundation.  After everyone at the table introduced ourselves, she said, “Do you remember that we already know each other?”  Oh, my:  I was clueless & embarrassed not to have recognized her.  She was the RI President’s Representative who came to FBG when we dedicated the Skate Park & inducted 5 new members – the stunning visitor who wore a straw hat.  And there she was again … serendipitously seated next to me.  As you may know, during her time in our Rotary district, she & incoming DG Carol Holmes became best friends.

In the AKS lounge (a quiet, light-refreshment area for donors of $250,000 & more), I met a new friend from Kansas City, KS.  We both vividly remembered the year (1962) when my Wichita (KS) East High School won the state basketball championship by having defeated his Wyandotte High School, the almost perpetual state basketball champion.  Small world.  Also, my “true love” boyfriend & I broke up that night. <sigh>

I met in person, the wonderful Rotarian in India whose project our club just donated $2.5K to – the artificial limb project.  He was so excited & grateful to hear about our donation.  And I got to meet both the leader & his brother – who oversee the girls’ toilet blocks project in India — we just donated $2.5K to.  Not only is the project helping girls AND boys stay in school (“prosperity insurance,” as I see it), they are helping families with sustainable, entrepreneurial projects & teaching hygiene / cleanliness habits to families.  Bottom line:  the project is growing & expanding.

I met a Rotarian from WI who told me about “at large” Peace Scholars (maybe that was the status of our Peace scholar Ghada & her connection with our district – not sure).  Anyway club(s) &/or district(s) may annually request (from The Rotary Foundation) an at large Peace Scholar at no charge to our club.  It would be the role of someone within our club to mentor the prospective scholar through the application process:  “easy if the applicant is proficient in English … more time-consuming if the student isn’t quite so proficient.”  If our board is interested, I’d be glad to share her contact information with the our club’s designee — for further information.

*  my transformational vision:  I eternally compound my exponential relevance … in fulfillment of Eternal Divine Light’s Highest Destiny purposes for ALL.


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Health / medical / dental services of The Good Samaritan Center in Fredericksburg, TX

How much The Good Samaritan Center means to the uninsured families of our community!  The need continues to grow because nearly 90% of the Center’s patients DO NOT qualify for the federal health plan because they don’t earn enough to reach the poverty level.  The Center benefits us all because it takes a very significant load off the HCMH emergency room thereby keeping the hospital’s overall costs down.

Last year The Good Samaritan Center had 2,500+ medical appointments;  1,300 dental & hygiene appointments, dispensed nearly $400K medications at no charge; expanded the Medical Assistance Program to cover 500+ patients who received $1+M worth of medications donated by pharmaceutical companies.  The Center now has a full-time medical director,  who sees patients three days each week; a nurse practitioner who sees patients each Monday; & a Community Health Worker, who reaches hundreds of people outside the Center at health screenings, churches & through in-home visits.

All this is done through private donors who contribute 70+% of the Center’s $900K budget.  No public money, state, federal or municipal funds are accepted.  The Center’s quarterly newsletters  are the principal engine for maintaining contact with donors.

Spay-neuter vouchers for lower-cost spay-neuter of your / your adopted, feral or neighborhood cat(s) &/or dog(s) through the Humane Society of West Texas: & 806-239-2841

Contact & 806-239-2841 to purchase a Humane Society of West Texas (Lubbock, NW, Texas area) low-cost, spay-neuter voucher to have your adopted, neighborhood &/or feral cat(s) &/or dog(s) neutered.  HSWT’s free-roaming cat voucher is $67 & will cover spay/neuter, rabies & ear-tip.*

*  Ear-tipping is to make sure there is a noticeable feature to let animal services or others know that the cat has been spayed or neutered.  It protects the cat in case someone is trapping free-roaming cats & taking them to the pound.

The Lubbock-area veterinarians whom the Humane Society of W. TX works with are really amazing & do a lot to help needy animals in West Texas.  If you are adamant that the ear-tipping be different, you will have to contact the one of the vets & work something out with them; however, if the ears are not tipped in an obvious way, the kitty may be at risk.

Beth Howard, Office Manager, 806-239-2841

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limited number of scholarships for the upcoming McKenzie Conference of Addiction, Recovery & Families. &