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November National Adoption Weekend is Here!

November National Adoption Weekend is Here!

National Adoption Weekend Texas Animal Guardians The November Petsmart National Adoption Weekend is Here!

The November National Adoption Weekend is this weekend! This is the last Petsmart Charities adoption event of the year. We hope to close the final quarter of 2014 with an event total of 40 adoptions. Several groups are participating so there’s going to lots to choose from.

The National Petsmart Charities adoption events are a terrific opportunity to spend time with your family while meeting and greeting a possible new family member. If you are thinking of adding a furry member to your family, now is the time. Texas Animal Guardians will team up with Canyon Lake Animal Shelter (CLASS) to bring you the cutest, the sweetest, the most adoptable variety of dogs and cats you’d ever hope to meet.

The Petsmart Charities sponsored National Adoption Weekend will be held from November 14-16. Texas Animal Guardians is an approved animal rescue agency at the New Braunfels, Texas Petsmart store. This store is located at 315 Creekside Way, New Braunfels, Texas 78130. For additional information on our group or another group’s schedule please contact the store directly at (830) 620-7738. Several groups will be participating!

Each precious fur baby at this adoption event will be spayed/neutered and current on their vaccines. All you need to do is bring them home. Once you have them home it will be a blooming good time for all. Just shower that fur baby with lots of love and watch how your new “baby’s” personality will blossom. There’s just nothing more powerful than love to bring out the best in these pets.

While you are at the store you can purchase all the necessary items for your newest addition, from accessories to food to treats and don’t forget the nice fluffy bed! These National Adoption Weekends are a sure way of having family fun. Bring the kids, bring grandma and grandpa and let’s go adopting!

 

 

 

 

 

Adoption Event a HUGE Success!

Adoption Event a HUGE Success!

Adoption Event at Petsmart Store in New Braunfels Gives 22 Dogs and Cats New Homes!

Saturday, September 13, 2014 was the day slated to transport animals to the September Adoption Event hosted by Petsmart Charities. It was a drizzly morning but that didn’t faze any of the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society volunteers who were all busy with the annual garage-sale fundraiser. While they were busy with the fundraiser, our Texas Animal Guardians’ volunteers were rounding up adoptable dogs and cats for transport to the Petsmart store in New Braunfels.

Every available vehicle was commandeered to aid with transport. Loaded up with crates each transporter was at-the-ready to receive their precious cargo. Trying to make room for more crates became a bit of a challenge as carriers, wire crates and accessories were moved around, much like a jigsaw puzzle, to make room for more adoptable pets. At last, the caravan of vehicles was ready for the journey to the Petsmart store in New Braunfels. Little did the dogs and cats, who probably felt a bit confused by all the commotion, realize that for some of them it would be the most important journey of their lives!

The Texas Animal Guardians team of volunteers was greeted at the store by an eagerly awaiting group of onlookers. The Petsmart store manager, Sandy, confided that she’d received a number of calls inquiring about adoptable pets. It sounded like there was a lot of excitement in the air! Setting up can often be a daunting task, not to mention time consuming, but the volunteers made it all seem quick and easy. The doggie playpen was set up and within moments it was occupied by two  sweet pups: Arabella and Pepsi. (As it turns out Arabella wouldn’t be returning to the shelter that day. Instead, she’d be spending her first night with her new family.) Everything was set and ready for an exciting day of adoptions. Anticipation was high!

Texas Animal Guardians volunteers split up into three groups: One group worked the exterior front of the store, another group worked in the vestibule area and a single volunteer headed for the Cat Adoption Center. Families eager to find their perfect new family member were asking questions about the available pets, some snapped photos with their phones, still others stood quietly by — observing. It was as if the atmosphere in the store had become electrified with some type of adoption magic dust!

Soon momentum gathered and adoptions started happening. It seemed as if every nook and cranny of the store was now occupied by people who wanted to get to know their new four-legged friend. Adopted pets were being scooped up by their new families for the shopping spree of their life! Some actually rode in the shopping cart, others walked beside the cart on a leash. Soon carts were filled with fluffy beds, squeaky toys, chewy bones, catnip mice, kitty loungers, yummy treats, not to mention some great food and of course carriers, food bowls and the list goes on and on. It looked like Christmas. And in a way it was, for them and for all of us here at Texas Animal Guardians. What more could we possible ask for? Twenty-two sweet babies got new homes, new families and a secure, happy future. All in all, it was a an amazing day!

For more information about Texas Animal Guardians, our mission, our work, our programs please see this link on the GiveBack website.

 

Many of the animals received into our adoption program need expensive medical care. Your tax deductible contribution helps pay for this. Won’t you please consider a small donation to help needy animals get well? This gives them a chance at adoption and a new life. Thank you in advance!




We are Participating in September National Adoption Event

We are Participating in September National Adoption Event

NAW_Facebook_post_USTexas Animal Guardians will be participating in the National Adoption Weekend sponsored by Petsmart Charities from September 12-14. The Petsmart store we hold our adoptions at is located in New Braunfels at the Creekside Shopping Center, 315 Creekside Way, New Braunfels, TX 78130 Phone:(830) 620-7738.

We are partnering up with Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS) to bring their dogs and puppies to this adoption event. There will also be plenty of cats and kittens too! All pets available for adoption will be spayed/neutered, current on all vaccines and chipped. Adoption fees will vary so please ask us if you have a specific pet in mind.

Volunteers are needed! We need help with transporters, dog walkers, kitten players, someone to help set up and/or close up. Please contact us if you can volunteer for a day or even just a few hours.

Everyone is welcome to come out and meet all the adorable pets we have available!

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Many of the animals received into our adoption program need expensive medical care. Your tax deductible contribution helps pay for this. Won’t you please consider a small donation to help needy animals get well? This gives them a chance at adoption and a new life. Thank you in advance!




Feral Cat TNR Project

Feral Cat TNR Project

Emergency Feral Cat TNR Project at Local Campground

September 2014 — Texas Animal Guardians is currently working on an emergency TNR project that involves spay/neuter and relocation of 25 plus feral cats/kittens from a local RV camp in Comal County, Texas. The cats, more than likely former pets of campground residents who moved on, are unaltered. So it hasn’t taken long for these former pets to produce a colony of “feral” cats.

Texas Animal Guardians (TAG) became aware of the situation through a Good Samaritan who was feeding the cats/kittens. TAG’s volunteers stepped in to help round up the cats for spay/neuter surgeries. The clinic visits also included testing for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeL), rabies and combo vaccinations, internal and external parasite control and medications for existing medical concerns.  Sadly, a lot of kittens were in serious ill health. They were removed first and taken to TAG’s veterinarian for hospitalization.

Unfortunately the good Samaritan was evicted from the campground for feeding the cats. Despite the fact that TAG is actively engaged in the TNR, removing the cats/kittens as rapidly as possible, some of the campground residents are shooting them. It’s completely unnecessary to kill the cats in this manner. Texas Animal Guardians (TAG) has removed the majority of the kittens and many of the mother cats. The humane trapping is an ongoing process and TAG is confident that all the cats will be removed, provided with vet care, spay/neuter surgeries and relocated.

However, Texas Animal Guardians is placing a plea for help to the Comal County, Blanco County and Hays County communities. TAG desperately needs relocation placement for the adult cats. The adoptable kittens have been transferred into our adoption program. For obvious reasons, the adult cats can not be returned to the campground. They have been outdoor cats the majority of their lives and will prefer living outdoors. They are friendly, approachable and used to people, other cats and dogs. They’d make great barn cats or resident cats for rural businesses. We provide help with the acclimation process. We just need local residents willing to give them outside homes.

Please, contact us if you can help in any way, either financially or by providing a few cats an outdoor space to live. Thank you in advance for spreading the word and giving us your support!

 

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For more information about and studies about TNR please see these links:

PDF Booklet on TNR vs. Alternatives

Key Scientific Studies on Trap-Neuter_Return

 

NOTE: Please remember that all dumped and abandoned animals, domesticated cats included, are the victims of inhumane (and illegal) treatment by humans. Dogs, not just cats, are dumped now in larger numbers than ever before. America is now dealing with feral dog issues the likes of which is unprecedented. This is largely due to a declining economy and a growing American population from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Both documented and undocumented immigrants bring cultural taboos against neutering male cats/dog. This mindset increases the likelihood of unwanted pet over population. Not to mention that undocumented immigrants exceed documented ones and most do not speak English. So getting the message of spay/neuter out to them is almost impossible. How can we help? By providing education with easy-to-understand visuals. And informing people to NOT get pets if they can’t afford them.

Many of the animals received into our adoption program need expensive medical care. Your tax deductible contribution helps pay for this. Won’t you please consider a small donation to help needy animals get well? This gives them a chance at adoption and a new life. Thank you in advance!




Texas Animal Guardians has moved to Fischer, Texas!

Texas Animal Guardians has moved to Fischer, Texas!

For Immediate Release

June 7, 2013

Texas Animal Guardians has relocated from Blanco, Texas to Fischer, Texas. The decision was made for several reasons, principally the fact that Fischer is in Comal County and TAG has been active in this county since its inception. The other reason is that Comal County is one of several counties in Texas that are under served by animal welfare organizations.

The change made sense on many levels: Our veterinarians are in Comal County as is the Petsmart store where we hold adoption events. All in all, it just made sense to have the small town of Fischer become our official location.

Fischer is a lovely little town midway between Blanco and New Braunfels. This little town is known for its Fischer Hall, Fischer Store and Fischer Bowling area. Popular annual events are held at the Fischer Hall and it is hoped that future event planning will include this lovely old structure.

Our official new address is:

Texas Animal Guardians

P.O. Box 106

Fischer, Texas 78623-106

 

Additionally, TAG has revised its mission statement.  Initially TAG wanted to provide aid for pet owners experiencing difficult life transitions. That original vision has proven to be difficult to execute, not only because of funding but because many well-meaning folks were not able to reclaim their pets after the initial three months of boarding. This placed a financial burden on our volunteer boarding facilities and also tied up available foster homes.

The Kibble Kare program is still available whenever funds allow. This program gives temporary help to pet owners by providing pet food for both dogs and cats.

TAG’s primary focus is getting as many cats and dogs as we can out of the shelter system and into loving homes. Last year TAG placed over 85 cats and dogs into homes. This year TAG is well on the way to exceed that number. To help with this effort, TAG has partnered with PALS (in San Marcos) to foster kittens and place them into homes. Our director, Penny Solis, supplies the love, care and shelter for these little “babies.” Naturally TAG will continue to pull from “high” kill shelters. Each dog that is placed into a home opens up space for another dog.

We couldn’t do it without all the support we receive from our second “family” at the New Braunfels Petsmart store, our wonderful veterinarians at Canyon City Animal Hospital, and the fantastic community of adopters, supporters and volunteers.

Thank you to all!

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Kibble Kare Maiden Voyage

On Monday, November 8, 2010 Texas Animal Guardian volunteers loaded up their vehicles with pet food and treats for distribution in the towns of Boerne and Bandera, Texas. Heading up the project was Joanna Benedict, a volunteer at the Hill Country Animal League (HCAL)  located in Boerne, Texas. Although the Kibble Kare program is not officially launched, Joanna’s plea for help set the course to up the schedule for the Kibble Kare’s maiden voyage.

Hayden and Hanna Perryman with Sweetie

Our first stop was a visit with a senior dog named Sweetie, whose owner, Annie, has been hit by hard times. It was an emotional meeting as Sweetie’s mom thanked volunteers for the much needed help. Food was passed out, treats were distributed and Sweetie posed with Hannah and Hayden, a lovely smile of joy on her face. Later we received a touching email of thanks, as Sweetie’s mom requested a copy of the photo of Sweetie and the kids so that she could have it framed. “It was hard to see people struggling, but it was so sweet seeing how much they care for their animals,” said Hannah.

The Kibble Kare Kar made its next stop in Bandera where food was unloaded for more folks in need. Some were feeding large feral colonies of cats, these people are the cat’s only source of food. While some volunteers chatted with the humans others wandered around visiting with the cats. From the looks on the kitties faces it appears as if they approved. All were thankful and happy about the program and it is our hope that the food can get them through another month.

As the day wore on another memorable stop was made at the home of a former nurse, the pet parent of several large dogs. Without transportation and a partner in a long-term care facility, there is just not enough money in her account to manage all the bills. It’s one of those situations where you wish you could wave a magic wand and make it all better. Unfortunately it’s not that easy! “I liked giving the food for the animals,” said Hayden, “but it was very sad to see good people having a hard time.” On the up side, the dogs enjoyed visiting with the kids and they were delighted with the treats.

More Appreciative Dogs

While the Kibble Kare program will not ordinarily involve delivery of food to people’s homes, this first-hand experience was beneficial to volunteers on many levels. First, all of us learned that each person has their own story, their own unique situation, and no two circumstances are alike.

And thanks to Joanna, we now have a much better idea of who the Kibble Kare program will help. Second, Texas Animal Guardians was able to forge a partnership with HCAL in Boerne to secure future pet food deliveries for people in need.

The day was eventful, emotional, and very satisfying. It is such a blessing to bring joy into the lives of people who might otherwise be forgotten. The benefit of helping pets stay healthy and well-fed is an additional bonus that brings warmth to our hearts. We only wish we could do more ….