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Texas Animal Guardians saved 195 Lives in 2015

Texas Animal Guardians saved 195 Lives in 2015

195 lives saved in 2015! Texas Animal Guardians, a small rescue organization located in the New Braunfels, Texas area, achieved a big victory in 2015. It saved 195 cat, dogs, puppies and kittens from certain death by disease, starvation or euthanasia at high kill shelters. Considering that Texas Animal Guardians is only a small group of volunteers, this number is impressive.

Our goal for 2016 will be 250 lives saved! We can’t do this without the help of all our supporters. Each dog, cat, puppy and kitten costs on average $250 for routine vet care, food and medications. IF the animal is sick, injured or in need of special medical attention, that amount jumps up — often reaching over a thousand dollars.

But we consider every penny spent well worth it when we see the happy looks on the faces of the families who adopt from us.  For us that’s what it is all about: Bringing People and Pets Together!

Naturally, we couldn’t do this alone – we have the help of strong supporters who contribute their money to help pay for expenses. AND we have the help of a great veterinarian and his staff. Dr. Keith Leakey of Canyon City Animal Hospital is not only on our Advisory Board but he plays an active role in the care of the animals we save. He is there to offer a guiding hand, a word of advice and exceptional medical care. Without him and the Canyon City Animal Hospital staff we would be lost.

Thank you to all our supporters, volunteers, foster families — we couldn’t do it without you!


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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!

Bark-O-Ween and Fun Raiser (fundraiser) all rolled into one!

Bark-O-Ween and Fun Raiser (fundraiser) all rolled into one!

Bark-O-Ween and Fundraiser (fun raiser!) — what a great combination!

Bark-O-Ween! Texas Animal Guardians Contest - voted Cutest

Voted Cutest!

October 31 wasn’t the least bit scary or ghoulish! At least not at the Petsmart store in New Braunfels. Instead of monsters, vampires and zombies there were darling fur-bearing critters bedecked in costumes at the store to celebrate the most awesome of scary days — Bark-O-Ween! Never heard of it? Well, it’s a lot like Halloween — except instead of screams you’re gonna hear a lot of barks. And these guys really DO tricks for treats!

Texas Animal Guardians hosted the fun-filled Bark-O-Ween contest on October 31. There were three prizes given out: Cutest, Most Original and Scariest. The judges took their job very seriously and pondered the decision for a while. Then the great prizes were given out! These prizes, valued at over $70 each, were donated by Texas Animal Guardians (TAG) and TAG supporters. There were some mighty sweet contestants — all worthy of mention. The vote is in! Bark-O-Ween will be an annual event!

Bark-O-Ween judges (lL-R) Taylor, Selina, Colton, Mark

Bark-O-Ween Most Creative! Shark Dog!

Most Creative!

Bark-O-Ween! Texas Animal Guardians voted scariest!












While all this hoopla was going on there were other fantastic things happening in the background (or should we say the foreground). Supporters gathered together to hold fundraisers to help TAG pay down the vet bills. Stationed at the front of the store was Diane with her Yummy Halloween Bake Sale. Diane, a TAG supporter, showcased triple chocolate brownies, lemon pudding cake (a HUGE hit), and cookies and cupcakes of all kind. All baked goods were hand-crafted, all were beyond delicious and all a HUGE hit. That sale raised over $600 in two days!


Then there was the Add Some Sparkle to your Life! hosted by Almut, another Texas Animal Guardians supporter. The sale featured brand new, precious metal and gemstone jewelry. It added an additional $200 to the total. Earlier in the month, Kim another fantastic TAG supporter, raised an additional $100 at the Austin City Limits festival. All totaled TAG raised over $900 to pay down vet bills. We couldn’t be happier! And so very thankful to all our supporters and volunteers who made this possible.

Bake Sale $$$! Paid down vet bill …






Cat Adoptions are on the Rise!

Cat Adoptions are on the Rise!
Cat adoptions are  on the rise at Petsmart store in New Braunfels

TAG Director Penny works on updating the old Cat Adoption Center Calendar.

The New Braunfels Petsmart store has always been a popular destination for families to visit with their children. After all, what’s more fun than watching the colorful fish, the lovey birds, the interesting reptiles, the fur-puff Guinea pigs and all the other intriguing small pets the store has to offer? Yet, of all the pet displays that draw the crowds on either weekdays or weekends, the Cat Adoption Center wins paws down. Located at the back of the store, near the fish tanks, the cat adoption center is a showcase of adoptable cats and kittens. The plexiglass windows offer a nice view of the cats, giving everyone a chance to observe them as they eat, sleep and play. On any given weekday and weekend you can find families crowded around the area, peering in at the kitties, who are (for the most part) oblivious to their crowd-drawing appeal.

Cat adoptions are on the rise.

Recently the cat adoption center at the New Braunfels Petsmart store (located at the Creekside Shopping Center) underwent a complete re-vamp. Kennels were taken apart, disinfected, scrubbed clean with disinfectant, from floor to ceiling the center received a total cleaning. This was all in anticipation of receiving a new batch of cats and kittens. Working in conjunction with Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS), Texas Animal Guardians has placed shelter kittens and cats at the center to help boost their cat adoption numbers. After all, CLASS is a local no-kill shelter supported by the community it serves. It seems only fitting that TAG would work hand-in-paw with them to increase cat adoptions.

The first new batch of kittens and cats arriving on June 24 consisted of six four-month-old kittens in various colors and coat lengths. Making their debut were two adult cats named Angel and Sherbert. Both adults are very sweet but a bit timid about the new situation. However, the TAG volunteers are helping them overcome their reservations. Angel even decided she wanted to venture out of her kennel and do a little exploring. Of course, the kittens are completely unaware of the change in their surroundings. Instead they are delighted to stretch their legs in the roomy kennels at the cat adoption center.

Cat adoptions are on the rise

Volunteer Jessi with new kitten at the center.

All these sweet babies are spayed/neutered, current on vaccines, have been fully vetted and have received the best of medical care from the CLASS veterinarian, vet techs and staff. Once they are at the Petsmart store cat adoption center they become the pampered “babies” of the dedicated Texas Animal Guardians volunteers. Our volunteers ensure that the center is clean, the kitties are cared for, played with, brushed, loved and well fed. There isn’t a day that goes by when you won’t find one of the TAG volunteers working hard to make the cats’ living quarters as cozy and clean as possible.

If cats are your passion then Texas Animal Guardians would like to invite you to sign up and join the growing group of Cat Adoption Center volunteers. TAG is initiating a new program that will feature regularly scheduled adoption times at the cat adoption center. If you are able to offer help on the weekdays from 4 to 6 PM please contact TAG by email at or call/text the TAG volunteer coordinator at (512) 557-2286. You will be trained to be a Cat Adoption Ambassador! And, if you are seeking a new kitty to add to your family don’t hesitate to stop by the store and see all the lovely kitties that are available.



Cat adoptions are on the rise!

Hayden with his new family.



This cat was adopted with his brother. Their owner had recently passed away leaving them without a home.

This cat was adopted with his brother.

The Big Give S.A.! TAG’s First Year!

The Big Give S.A.! TAG’s First Year!

save the dateTAG’s first year!  The Big Give S.A.

Texas Animal Guardians is excited about participating in The Big Give S. A. If you haven’t heard about this fantastic event then here’s the scoop: The Big Give S. A. is a 24-hour online donation event that takes place on May 5th only. Donations as low as $10 are accepted. This is a fun way to give locally. As the days countdown to the event pledges are accepted. These pledges help with the anticipated total donations to be received on May 5th. Anyone signing up for the pledge will be emailed a reminder on giving day.

Texas Animal Guardians is looking forward to receiving help from our local supporters. The donated funds will offset the cost of food, medications, veterinarian care and supplies for the kittens, cats, puppies and dogs in our care. With kitten and puppy season upon us these funds are now, more than ever, necessary to continue providing help for the otherwise helpless pets in our care.

We want to thank you in advance for helping to promote this event by sharing it with your family, your friends, your neighbors, your business partners, your church, your civic organizations, your community leaders and even with people you know who live out-of-state.

As the much anticipated date arrives, won’t you please take a moment and  click on this link to make a pledge to donate to Texas Animal Guardians. This link will take you directly to The Big Give S. A. pledge page.

On the actual day of the event — May 5th — please go directly to our The Big Give S. A. donation page.

We thank you in advance for all your help!



Furry Valentine’s Day Adoption Event!

Furry Valentine’s Day Adoption Event!

Furry Valentine’s Day! This was one fun adoption event.

Texas Animal Guardians hosted a multi-rescue-group adoption event at the New Braunfels Petsmart store on Valentine’s Day weekend. Participating in the festivities were ARF (Animal Rescue Federation) and Homes for Pets. The atmosphere was supercharged and we were thrilled with the turnout. The result was lots of fun for everyone. There were confection sweets in special Valentine’s Day Gift baskets filled with candy and chocolate. PLUS we showcased the sweetest kitties, puppies and dogs in New Braunfels. What happens when you combine crowds of people with all this furry sweetness? Lots of adoptions! The total count for the entire weekend was 32 adoptions. We are thrilled with this number which more than tripled last year’s number of 10 adoptions. It was heartwarming to see so many wonderful pets get into good homes.

A HUGE thank you to all our fantastic volunteers. You are what helped make these adoptions possible. Give yourself an extra serving of Valentine’s Day treats!
Almut W. — Dog Transporter, Dog Handler and Kitty Korner attendant
Amber J. — CLASS Dog Adoptions Supervisor
Chelsea B. — Dog Transporter & Dog Handler
Colten J. — Dog Handler
Cruz W. — Dog Handler
Daniel G. — Dog Transporter & Dog handler
Grace H. — Dog Handler
Gracie W. — Dog Handler
Jessica H. — Dog Handler
Kalyn F. — Dog Handler
Lester W. — Dog Transporter, Dog handler
Lorena R. — Dog Handler, Kitty Korner attendant
Maribeth W. — Set up, Gift basket table
Sara L. — Kitty Korner attendant
Sara Y. — Set up, take down, decorations, Kitty Korner attendant
Selina F. — Dog Handler
Terrie G. — Delivery of rental tables, chairs, set up, decorations
AND — a bowl full of chocolate kisses to all the fantastic directors of the partcipating organizations for their help and support: Barbara with ARF, Josie with Homes for Pets and Penny with Texas Animal Guardians. A red ribbon thank you to Laura, CLASS volunteer dog trainer, for her tremendous help in coordinating CLASS volunteers for this event. And an extra serving of Valentine’s Day treats to Amber and Angie of CLASS for their support and assistance.

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BOOMING Year for Adoptions!

BOOMING Year for Adoptions!

DustyAdoptionTexas Animal Guardians closes 2014 with record number of adoptions!

Texas Animal Guardians’ adoption numbers for 2014 are officially in: One hundred and sixty-three adoptions! This includes both dogs and cats and it is our best number yet. Not only has 2014 been a banner year for adoptions but it has also been a year of growth. Our volunteers are helping to make this growth possible. Thanks to them we have expanded the Petsmart Cat Center adoptions program. With this program, we are able to house more cats and kittens at the New Braunfels Petsmart store. Here they can be viewed seven-days-a-week by potential adopters. Our TNR (Trap Neuter Release) program has also grown. Thanks to the efforts of TAG hundreds of otherwise doomed cats and kittens were given a new lease on life. The TAG Dog Squad program was also out there helping homeless people with dogs by distributing collars, leashes, harnesses, food and treats. To ensure that people who are low on funds can still feed their pets the TAG Kibble Kare program provided pet food whenever possible.

Texas Animal Guardians Dog Squad Program

Ladybug, a regular feature in South Austin,
is a Dog Squad recipient.

It is traditional to make goals for the New Year. Like people, organizations do the same. Texas Animal Guardians is no exception. So what are the hopes and aspirations of TAG for 2015? First and foremost, to reach 210 adoptions in 2015.  TAG would like to distribute pet food to the needy on a regular schedule and give the Dog Squad homeless people more support with food, blankets, dog sweaters and flea/tick preventatives. And TAG has a brand new endeavor: to start a pet therapy program for children, nursing home residents and those in hospitals.

Naturally, these goals can only be achieved with more volunteers. To adopt out 210 dogs and cats in 2015 we will need more foster homes. Fostering a puppy or a kitten is rewarding on so many levels. It’s a fun-filled, family activity that has lots of memory-making moments. And, who doesn’t love a puppy? Even the resident dogs seem to accept tiny puppies. Adult dogs help to potty train puppies, they teach pups appropriate manners and help socialize them. Children learn how to be selfless by giving their time to a help a little creature. Kittens are adorable! And so much fun. They don’t need much space, a spare bathroom or bedroom will do. They only stay in foster care until they can enter the Petsmart Cat Adoption Center. Experienced bottle feeders are also appreciated since they can help out with abandoned or orphaned kittens

Texas Animal Guardians TNR program has saved hundreds of otherwise hopeless cats.

Chuy, a TAG TNR program recipient,
was given medical aid and
recovered from a severe upper
respiratory infection. He was recently adopted
into a loving family.

Texas Animal Guardians would also like to expand its current programs to include an animal therapy program. As mentioned, this program would go into children’s homes, nursing homes and even hospitals. Let’s face it, furry balls of fluff epitomize organic mood therapy. It’s a proven fact that interacting with puppies or kittens will brighten the mood of even the most crestfallen person. They don’t even need to do anything special, just sit there and be cute.Without trying they naturally lift the spirits of those around them. With enough willing volunteers we could bring joy to others while socializing puppies and kittens. This will be a double-good therapeutic program because it ensures positive results to all participants.

The bottom line is that volunteers are needed in every aspect of the Texas Animal Guardians organization. Whatever your skill is, whatever your schedule allows, whatever your passion is – we will find a way to utilize and accommodate it. The results are what count: more adoptions! If you feel led to join the cause please do not hesitate to contact us. We value each of our volunteers. Just go to our forms page, fill out the volunteer application, list the areas you are interested in and someone will contact you.

In conclusion, we would like to thank all our adopters, volunteers, Petsmart Charities, and the New Braunfels Petsmart staff for a most wonderful 2014. And, we wish each and everyone a very Happy New Year. A special wish goes out to our fellow rescue workers: here’s to lots of successful adoptions in 2015!

Texas Animal Guardians adoption program has saved 163 lives in 2014, including this little puppy.


Adoption Weekend HUGE Success!

Adoption Weekend HUGE Success!

Texas Animal Guardians November 2014 Adoption Event Adoption Weekend a HUGE Success!

November’s Adoption Event at Petsmart in New Braunfels Garnered Twenty-Two Dogs and Cats new Homes

November 17, 2014

As Thanksgiving approaches the Texas Animal Guardians team has a lot to be grateful for. We certainly want to pause and give thanks to Petsmart Charities and everyone who participated in this past weekend’s adoption event. This is the last Petsmart Charities sponsored National Adoption event of the calendar year. (Texas Animal Guardians will continue with their regularly scheduled weekend adoptions.) Everyone worked hard to make this adoption weekend a huge success, from the Petsmart store staff, to the wonderful volunteers who gave up their weekend to help out. Thanks to this team effort a dreary, cold winter’s weekend was turned into a warm-fuzzy, happy ending for twenty-two of the Texas Animal Guardians/CLASS dogs and kitties.

There was quite a flurry of activity inside and outside the store. For many of the CLASS shelter dogs this was their first time at an adoption event. Some were a bit shy. Some were wary. Most acclimated to the hubbub quickly. Others were just little hams, lapping up the attention. While the dogs got to parade around outside or inside, cats received a front-row seat at the window area. Their sweet furry faces peering out of their crates were an immediate attention grabber.

Texas Animal Guardians 2014 National Adoption Weekend Speaking of attention grabbers, CLASS volunteer Laura, brought in six adorable little pups. There were three min-pin girls and three bully pups, (one boy and two girls). It was a veritable puppy delight! The puppy pen was strategically set up at the store’s entrance. Everyone entering the store had to stop and check out those little sweeties. After all, who can resist a puppy?

Amidst the oooohhhhs and aaaaaaahhhhhhs there were some serious companion seekers. Some knew immediately when they’d found their soul mate. They grabbed onto their new baby and started the adoption process. Some went home to think about it. The next day they were back to claim their  “baby” and finalize the adoption. Many potential adopters snapped photos of fur babies that caught their eye. Sharing photos, texting, talking and conferring with those at home helped clinch the adopter’s decision. After decisions were made adopters took their new family member on a shopping spree. It was an early Christmas for these furry babies. Shopping carts were filled with fluffy beds, colorful toys, delicious food and yummy treats. Then it was off their new homes and a new life!

Texas Animal Guardians November 2014 Adoption Event

Texas Animal Guardians November 2014 Adoption Weekend



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!


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!