Become a Foster Pet Parent!

If you’ve ever wanted to help the SPCA, but can’t commit to adopting an animal – consider becoming a Foster Parent.

Foster (volunteers) care for our dogs and cats, puppies and kittens when either our shelter is at near or at max capacity, or when a “special needs” animal who needs specific help.  We need dedicated people willing to house, feed and care for our animals.

To be considered, you must first be at least 18 years old, and have the authority to take care of animal in your home, or wherever you rent.  You must fill out a foster application, and provide a valid drivers license.  You will then meet with our Foster Coordinator who will provide our Foster Handbook – it is essentiall you read this document thoroughly to ensure you a) know everything about being a foster pet parent, and b) so we can answer any questions you might have prior to fostering one of our animals.

If you foster a dog, you will be required to participate in off-site adoption events in which interested parties, and the public can come meet your foster pup.  In addition, if you foster and dog or a cat, you must be willing to allow potential adopters to come meet the animal in your home; we never give out your information – we schedule this based on your availability.

Best case scenario is you become a “foster-fail,” meaning you then adopt the animal you’ve been taking care of.

There is no fee associated with fostering an SPCA animal, but you’ll need to provide shelter and food, and possibly administer medication as needed.

If interested, please reach out to: foster@spcabc.org for more information – Thank You!130507-F-ZV089-116

Proper care for your furry friend.

Proper care for your furry friend.

The SPCA is dedicated in making sure every animal has the proper care it needs, but it starts with you, the pet parent.

Your animal MUST have the following necessities to thrive:

  • Shelter – never leave an animal outside for too long. Extreme heat and cold temperatures are considered “harsh elements,” and can hurt or kill your pet.  If your animal spends any extended amount of time outside, you MUST provide shelter for that animal along with…
  • Fresh water. In extreme heat, water can reach boiling temperatures and can scold your animals mouth.  Stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitos and can lead to heartworm in dogs; a deadly mosquito-driven disease.
  • Your pet deserves a daily feeding – failure to provide adequate nutrition can lead to several health issues.
  • Pets are like people – if they don’t move, they can get sick and have multiple medical issues like arthritis and/or diabetes, and medicine to treat these issues is very expensive.  Certain breeds of dogs need lots of exercise or they can become destructive.  Play time and exercise will curb this behavior!
  • Heartworm, rabies and flea treatment. Animals need vaccinations – so whether you get your pet treated at the SPCA or with your local veterinarian, just make sure you take your pet for their annual exam and give them monthly heartworm and flea treatments, and a annual rabies shot.

Other suggestions and common sense:

  • Microchip your pet. If your pet was ever to get lost (or worse) places like the SPCA can scan the animal to see who the pet is registered to.  This helps reunite the animal with its rightful owner quickly.  Many lost pets are never reunited with their owners because they failed to get their pet micro-chipped.  It is an inexpensive  and painless procedure. All animals adopted out through the SPCA will already be micro-chipped, vaccinated, spayed and/or neutered.
  • Your dog needs to go outside to go “potty” several times a day. Being left along for more than 8 hours can put tremendous stress on their bladder.  Make sure you pick up your yard feces as this can breed disease like Parvo.  Don’t forget the “poop bags” on your daily walk as no one likes to see poop on the sidewalk or on someone’s lawn.
  • A cat litter box should be changed daily, especially if you have more than one. Cats will urinate outside of their box if it isn’t clean,  which could lead to urinary tract infections, and even destructive behavior.
  • Pet toys are great but be mindful of the materials and where they are made. Certain toys made in overseas can contain certain contaminants that could harm your pet.  Made in the USA is your best bet, not only for toys but for treats and food as well.  The USDA regulate ingredients, whereas other countries do not.
  • Buy a properly fitting collar or harness for your dog. Many dogs can slip right out of their collars – but don’t make it too tight.  Use the two-finger rule: if you can put two fingers between your dogs neck and the collar, then that should be a good fit.
  • Never leave your dog alone if you go out of town, or for any extended amount of time. Ask a family member or friend to check in on your pet, or even better – hire a pet sitter or find a kennel your pet can visit during your absence.
  • Declawing a cat is not only severely painful to the animal but can inhibit the animal’s long-term health. If your cat is a scratcher, buy a scratching post and cut his/her nails regularly.  If you can’t trim your cat’s nails, ask your vet to help – many will trim both dog and cat’s nails during an annual checkup.
  • If at any time you are unable to care for your pet, contact your local SPCA for next steps to surrender.
  • If your pet goes lost or missing, contact us ASAP to see if your animal has been brought in by one of our partnering city animal control officers, or by a local citizen. You will need to identify the animal with clear photo’s, and/or vet records.  The SPCA reserves the right to return an animal to an owner if we feel the animal has been harmed or neglected in any way.  We report any animal abuse and/or neglect to local police authorities.
  • Animal bites may result in the removal of your pet, in which they will be put in quarantine or worse, euthanized by order of the court. Many cases result in the owner having to surrender the animal.  Be responsible, be mindful.
  • Your pet needs love, and lots of it!  Dogs and cats thrive when they are in a loving home…now that is just common sense!

It starts with you – be the best pet parent you can be, and enjoy your animals healthy, long life!!

We are Brazoria County STRONG

Dear Brazoria County,

We’ve all seen those heartbreaking commercials on TV of the neglected and abused animals needing food, shelter and medical assistance to stay alive. Most people are so disturbed by the view that they walk away or change the channel. Well those of us at the SPCA of Brazoria County live this commercial every day while sending up prayers that all of our animals will soon be in their forever homes.

Today, we find ourselves in dire straits and are being forced to once again make a plea to our supportive community for financial assistance.

We desperately need your help!

We have 618 animals in our care between the shelter and our foster program:

160 cats
146 dogs
270 kittens
42 puppies

We have recently been hit extremely hard with “kitten season” and dogs testing positive for heartworms. Each day we take in more animals than we adopt out. Our shelter is literally wall to wall with the homeless pets from our community.

We at the SPCA of Brazoria are deeply appreciative of the goodwill and support that we have received in the past from you. We are Brazoria County STRONG and we know that together we can overcome this difficult period. By giving, you will instantly be contributing to save the lives of our helpless animals!

All donations are tax deductible. Please donate in one of the following ways:

1. Go to our website www.spcabc.org click the DONATE button upper right corner
a. PayPal is now an option
b. You can also become a Shelter Angel by agreeing to donate monthly

2. Go to our Facebook page at SPCA of Brazoria County and click the donate button

3. Come to the shelter at 141 Canna Lane in Lake Jackson and donate in person

4. Mail a check to 141 Canna Lane, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Only because of the generosity of our community and individuals like you can we continue our life saving mission.

With Warmest Regards,

The SPCA of Brazoria County

Free Barn Cats!

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Are you looking for a barn cat?  We have feral (un-socialized) outside cats available.  These special cats have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated and they are free.

If you adopt one of our barn cats, you must agree to provide shelter, food and water.  During the initial adjustment period, you must be able to keep the cat confined in a barn or shed for two weeks to acclimate to their new home, feeding and watering every day.  COME TO THE SHELTER and ask about our barn cat program.  It’s a win-win!

Help us care for our community’s homeless pets.

Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 8.21.04 AMOur Shelter Angels are the people who keep our shelter operations going day in and day out by providing monthly recurring donations. They are the angels who make sure we have the funds to care for our homeless pets on a daily basis knowing that the money we budget for animal care will be there for us. We couldn’t do what we do without our Shelter Angels. You can become a Shelter Angel by clicking on the Donate Now button on our website and choose “Monthly” as your donation frequency.

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All Shelter Angels will receive a Shelter Angel Photo with their name on it to share on social media. Shelter Angel Photos will also be displayed at our shelter at 141 Canna Lane in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Thank you for helping us save the homeless pets of Brazoria County. Together, we will save them all.

Save Infant Kittens. We need your help today!

Click here to donate now!

Nothing is cuter than a newborn kitten. . . unfortunately, nothing is more vulnerable either. We are working hard 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to save the lives of these fragile infant kittens. These kittens come to us abandoned, sick, cold, hungry, and alone. We feed them, treat them for illness and injury, warm them, and love them. Some come to us as orphans, some come in with their mothers, and some are born in the shelter. We need YOUR help to save them all. We must buy kitten milk replacer, heating pads, nursing bottles, canned cat food, feeding syringes, pelleted litter, wire crates, and more. Once they are old enough to be adopted, they must be dewormed, spayed and neutered, and vaccinated before they can go to their forever homes. Some will need further veterinary care. We are inundated with kittens right now, and we desperately need your help. Your donation today will save a life this week! Without your help, we cannot save our most fragile shelter pets. Please donate and share. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

So what makes us think we will be successful with our #NKBC2020 campaign to create a No Kill community for ALL of Brazoria County? And what exactly does No Kill mean?

No Kill ≠ No Euthanasia. The word euthanasia comes from the Greek for “good death.” To us, this means we reserve euthanasia for two situations: 1. when it is needed in order to give an animal relief from suffering that we cannot mitigate, or 2. when it is needed for an animal that is so aggressive that despite our attempts to rehabilitate, we cannot safely release that animal back out to the public.

We believe that killing pets that are healthy, or have treatable injuries/illnesses or rehabilitatable aggression, is exactly that: killing. We believe that every pet is an individual, worthy of love and a home.

Why do we know that we can create a No Kill community for all of Brazoria County? Because we have already had success in taking our local communities of Freeport, Clute, and Lake Jackson from a dismal 22% Save Rate to a 95% Save Rate.

We know how to do this. But saving animals takes SPACE and MONEY. That’s why we need your support to build a Community Pet Center to give us the space we need to save more lives.

This chart shows our stats as of January 31, 2017. Our stats are organized by our budget year which starts October 1 and ends September 30.

To donate, mail a check to SPCA-BC, Build Love A Home, PO Box 485, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 or donate online at BuildLoveAHome.com by clicking on the “Donate Now” button.

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