Resolve to Help A Homeless Pet This Year

As you’re ringing out the old and ringing in the new tonight, consider adding a resolution to your list that will help homeless pets in your community. Here are some resolutions to think about:

1. ID your Pets. Every day, here at the SPCA-BC, lost pets find their way to our shelter. Many of them are never reunited with their families because they have no identification. Don’t let this happen to your pets. Start with a sturdy, snug-fitting collar. If you can slide it over your pet’s head, it is too loose. Remember that as your pet’s weight changes, you need to readjust the collar to insure it is not too tight or too loose. Then firmly attach an identification tag. Check your pet’s tags periodically to make sure that your phone number is current and legible. We see many pets at our shelter with id tags, but the information is worn off. Then, MICROCHIP your pet. Microchips are your pet’s best bet at getting returned to you. A microchip is a small identifying chip about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted just under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. Even if your pet’s tags fall off, the microchip will still be there. If your pet ever ends up in a shelter, the shelter staff will be able to contact you immediately. Some animal control officers can even scan for microchips in their vehicles and return pets before they are ever impounded. Microchips at the SPCA-BC only cost $22.50–a small amount to pay for peace of mind. Once you have your pet microchipped, be sure to keep your phone number updated with the microchip company.

2. Walk with a Buddy. Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight? Why not leash up your pooch and take on that challenge together with daily walks and play time? Or better yet, come up to the shelter at 141 Canna Lane in Lake Jackson, borrow an exercise buddy, and you’ll never have to walk alone again. The Wilderness Trail is right around the corner from us, or you can hit the track at MacLean Park. You’ll be getting fit, and giving a homeless pet much needed exercise at the same time. . . it’s a win-win!

3. Make Adoption Your Only Option. Next time you are considering adding a pet to your family, adopt a homeless pet. We have pets of all shapes, sizes, and ages, and every one of them is waiting for a loving home. We have full-bred dogs and cats, puppies, and kittens, and mixes of all kinds. We also frequently have rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, and just about any other pet you can imagine. Adopting a homeless pet saves TWO lives–the one you adopt, and the one who gets the newly-vacant kennel space. Whoever said “money can’t buy you love,” never paid an adoption fee.

4. If you can’t Adopt, then Foster. Fostering a pet gets it out of the shelter. No matter how hard we try, we can’t completely eradicate the threat of disease or the stress that comes with living in a shelter environment. Puppies and kittens and pregnant dogs and cats are particularly vulnerable. A pet that is already sick may need a home where she can recuperate quietly. Fostering does not have to be a huge commitment. Let a homeless pet live in your bathroom or garage for just a few weeks, and you may be able to save her life. 

5. Volunteer. Whatever it is that you love to do, we can use that skill at the shelter! Walking dogs and playing with cats are part of the job that our volunteers do, but we can also use MICRO-VOLUNTEERS. Work at one event. Take a few photos of shelter pets for our Facebook page. Tweet for us. Network and share our information. Work at one spay neuter clinic. Be a “Pet Detective” to help reunite lost pets with their families. Organize a donation drive. Enter data. Make copies. File papers. Deliver Ani-Meals. Whatever it is that you do best, you can do it for us and make a difference in the lives of homeless pets!

6. Donate. Time, money, stuff. It doesn’t matter, we’ll take whatever you can give. If you have a few bucks, we can put it to good use. If you have old blankets, toys, pet beds, leashes, we can use them. If you are decluttering your home or office, our thrift store can sell your old stuff and use the proceeds to spay and neuter pets! Speaking of spay and neuter. . .

7. Spay or Neuter Your Pets! If your pets are already spayed or neutered, offer to spay or neuter a friend or neighbor’s pet. The only way to completely end pet homelessness is to stop allowing our pets to indiscriminately reproduce. Every pet born into this world adds to the pet overpopulation problem. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the greatest gifts you can give your pet, your family, and your community. Find out more about our low-cost spay neuter program and the benefits of spay neuter by clicking on our “Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic” tab above.

8. Provide Healing Care. Every day animals enter our shelter in need of life-saving medical care. Some have urgent injuries and illnesses that need immediate attention, and some need simple veterinary care to help them become healthy again. Your donations can truly save a life. You can send donations directly to us earmarked for veterinary care, or you can deposit funds into our SPCA-BC account at one of our partner veterinarians. Most of our partner veterinarians work with us with discounted rates, so your funds can go a long way toward helping our shelter pets get the medical care they so desperately need.

9. Most of all, love and enjoy the pets you have. If you invest time in your pets, they will reward you ten-fold with unconditional love and loyalty. Pets who spend a lot of time with their human families are better-behaved and become better companions. Just as children need love and gentle discipline to learn, dogs and cats thrive when you gently guide them to be the pets you want them to be. A dog banished to the backyard lives a lonely existence. Bring them inside and share your home and life with them. If you need tips on training or behavior problems, give us a call. We want to help you and your pets have the best lives possible.

Here’s to 2013! May it be a GREAT year for people and their pets! We wish you love and blessings.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas. . .(read more)

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‘Twas the twelfth day of Christmas, and the SPCA would truly love to receive:

Twelve forever homes,

Eleven Wal Mart gift cards,

Ten Kong toys for chomping, 

Nine cat toys for playing,

Eight dog groomers grooming,

Seven fosters fostering,

Six volunteers dog-walking,

Five Kuranda dog beds,

Four boxes of litter,

Three bags of pet food,

Two heartworm treatments, and

An adoption tent with roll down sides.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas. . . (read more)

‘Twas the eleventh day of Christmas, and the SPCA would truly love to receive:

Eleven Wal Mart gift cards,

Ten Kong toys for chomping, 

Nine cat toys for playing,

Eight dog groomers grooming,

Seven fosters fostering,

Six volunteers dog-walking,

Five Kuranda dog beds,

Four boxes of litter,

Three bags of pet food,

Two heartworm treatments, and

An adoption tent with roll down sides.

On the Tenth Day of Christmas. . . (read more)

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Dogs experience a lot of stress in a shelter. Stress compromises the immune system, which means the dogs frequently become sick. Kong toys give dogs relief from stress by giving them something to focus upon. Therefore, more Kong toys = healthier (and happier) shelter dogs! So your donation of a Kong toy will make a shelter pet healthier and happier.

http://www.kongcompany.com/

‘Twas the tenth day of Christmas, and the SPCA would truly love to receive:

Ten Kong toys for chomping, 

Nine cat toys for playing,

Eight dog groomers grooming,

Seven fosters fostering,

Six volunteers dog-walking,

Five Kuranda dog beds,

Four boxes of litter,

Three bags of pet food,

Two heartworm treatments, and

An adoption tent with roll down sides.

Nate’s Christmas Gift

Those of you who have ever rescued an animal know the range of emotions we shelter workers can feel in a single day. . . anger at the horrible things some people do to animals, frustration at the abuse, neglect, and misery we see each day, hope for a special little critter that captures our hearts, despair when we get them too late to save them, gratitude for the generosity of volunteers and donors, and love, love, love for the pets and the families that we are able to help.

Nate is one little dog that put our hearts through the entire spectrum of emotions in the short span of a single day.

Nate on the day I first met him.

Nate was brought in by an Animal Control Officer. He had been found wandering the streets. A small Yorkshire terrier, Nate was so matted that the Officer who brought him in noted on his kennel card that he was blind. Mats were so thick around his eyes that the hair pulled the skin around his eyes shut and a heavy crust of filth and matted hair completely obscured his vision. Mats pulled one ear downward, while more mats held the other ear permanently upright. His toenails were so long that it was painful for him to walk. Thick mats held filth against his skin all over his body. The odor that emanated from his tiny little frame was unbearable. He sat in his kennel and barely moved. He had been miserable for so long, he had just about given up on life. How Nate ended up this way we will never know.

But this wasn’t the end for Nate. . .

There are good people in this world, and here at the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter, we are sometimes graced by the presence of angels. Nate was blessed by two of these angels. . . Jan and Mel at Hot Dogs Grooming Salon in Angleton.

Thursday was a busy day at Hot Dogs, but when Jack Brown called upon them, they did not hesitate for a moment to agree to care for Nate. They took him in and cared for him and gave him some of the first human love and attention that this little guy has had in a very long time. It took four baths to rid him of years of filth. They removed the mats, shaved him, cleaned his ears, trimmed his toenails, and treated him to a day of luxurious compassion. And underneath all those mats, they found a sweet little dog who decided that he still had some life left to live.

Nate is smiling with me now. . . in front of the Hot Dogs' "Before and After" photo wall.
Nate is smiling with me now. . . in front of the Hot Dogs’ “Before and After” photo wall.
Nate after being transformed by Hot Dogs Grooming Salon
Nate after being transformed by Hot Dogs Grooming Salon
Nate loves riding in the passenger seat of my car.
Nate loves riding in the passenger seat of my car.

Nate is available for adoption at the SPCA-BC. He is not completely blind, but he does have some vision loss. He will need a good check-up from a veterinarian to check for any other health issues that may have resulted from years of neglect, but he is a sweet and loving little guy. We can tell from his behavior that he was loved by someone once; he has been a perfect little gentleman at the groomers and at the animal shelter. He loves car rides, back scratches, and long leash walks. He will make a great pet for the right family! Merry Christmas, Nate! You and the Angels at Hot Dogs have given us hope for the goodness that is still to be found on this earth.

On the Ninth Day of Christmas. . . (read more)

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‘Twas the ninth day of Christmas, and the SPCA would truly love to receive:

Nine cat toys for playing,

Eight dog groomers grooming,

Seven fosters fostering,

Six volunteers dog-walking,

Five Kuranda dog beds,

Four boxes of litter,

Three bags of pet food,

Two heartworm treatments, and

An adoption tent with roll down sides.

On the Eighth Day of Christmas. . . (read more)

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Whether you are an individual who can come in at times and give a dog a bath or nail trim, or if you’re a professional who can take a dog from “bow” to “wow,” or something in between–we are forever grateful for the loving people who volunteer their time and talents to get our dogs from their “street wear” to their adoption party finery. Give us a call and find out how you help take stray dogs from cage to couch-ready.

‘Twas the eighth day of Christmas, and the SPCA would truly love to receive:

Eight dog groomers grooming,

Seven fosters fostering,

Six volunteers dog-walking,

Five Kuranda dog beds,

Four boxes of litter,

Three bags of pet food,

Two heartworm treatments, and

An adoption tent with roll down sides.

On the Seventh Day of Christmas. . . (read more)

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When you foster a pet you save two lives–the life of the pet you’re fostering, and the life of the pet who gets to move into the newly vacant space at the shelter. If you have a bathroom, a laundry room, a spare bedroom, or a garage that we can use for a few weeks, you can save lives! Call us today to find out more.

 

‘Twas the seventh day of Christmas, and the SPCA would truly love to receive:

Seven fosters fostering,

Six volunteers dog-walking,

Five Kuranda dog beds,

Four boxes of litter,

Three bags of pet food,

Two heartworm treatments, and

An adoption tent with roll down sides.