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A Time to Give Thanks For a Thanksgiving Pet

A Time to Give Thanks For a Thanksgiving Pet

Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings family and friends together to give thanks and enjoy the tradition of our ancestors. Not sure if any dogs and cats came over on the Mayflower, but assured they are abundant in most households. Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas placed many of these pets in their forever homes. We can be there for you!

Sometimes we have to ask, who is really getting rescued, the animals or us? Animals’ love is unconditional and they are so eager to constantly demonstrate how much they adore us. As with any love that we are fortunate enough to receive, we must not take it for granted.

ASVT has been dedicated to helping abandoned animals of our community for 9 years. Every year we make new goals, every year we help more animals in need and every year we save hundreds of lives. The animals need us and we need you to help us help them.

Puppies and kittens arrive by the box fulls – innocent and hungry. Because they are small and cute, if they stay healthy, they usually have a good chance of being adopted quickly. Others unfortunately don’t survive and there are always one or two that are left behind and spend the first 3 or 4 months of their life in a cubicle at a shelter waiting for that special person.

Fostering is an emotional roller-coaster helping these helpless animals but we are committed to them. ASVT animals are housed in foster homes where they can be socialized and learn to trust humans again. Fostering gives an animal a second chance and can be a wonderful life experience for the entire family. Fosters are the unsung heroes of rescue.

Other ways we help our community animals is by educating youth, transport to other states with high adoption needs and pay for surgeries so they can have the opportunity to be cured and find a home. These are just a few of our adoptable pets. Can you make one or two of them your Thanksgiving Pet?

Reba, Mylie, Roxy and Roo

These four tiny Chihuahuas were part of a seizure case and brought to Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Sadly they had to spend 30 days in quarantine while court decisions were made. ASVT took these four girls in and other rescues took in the remaining from the group. They are now in loving foster homes learning to trust humans again. They are needing and receiving lots of socialization. They will be ready for their forever families soon.

Sniffer and Blackie

Sniffer and Blackie are two beautiful cats whose senior mom went to heaven and were left alone. They came to live with ASVT and need a quiet home. Then, they will become your favorite lap cats. They would like to be kept together. Oh, and if you happen to buy stock in catnip, they will be forever grateful.

Through the years that Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas (ASVT) has been helping community animals in need it is evident that heartfelt thanks are felt from both the animals rescued and the rescuers.

The RESCUE RIDERS event held on September 28 was a perfect example of our community supporting ASVT. Bettyann and Reuben Harp organized the 4th Annual Rescue Riders Fundraiser to benefit ASVT. The parade started at Froggy’s Bar and Grill with a ride throughout the beautiful country of Coldsprings. The parade, escorted by Constable Sam Houston included Bikes and Jeeps. It was an amazing sight to see them ride for homeless animals with flags flying high.

It was a gift of thanks and giving all day long. Special thanks to Bettyann and Reuben Harp and friends for the months of tireless work in preparation for this event.

Rescue Riders will see a 5th Annual event to support the organizers passion to continue ASVT’s spay/neuter program.

Many pet parents want to share their Thanksgiving with the family pet. The best way to ensure that your pet will stay safe while enjoying Thanksgiving festivities is to make them their own Thanksgiving treats.

Turkey breast (shredded) – Every balanced meal includes some protein. Select turkey from the middle of the breast because it is least likely to have absorbed the fatty, salty brine and leave the skin off.

Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and fiber. Mash up some of the boiled sweet potatoes before any butter or spices are added.

Carrots – Carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and vitamin A. They are also high in sugar though so you may want to skip them if your dog is diabetic.

Green Beans – Green beans are filling and low calorie.

Cranberries – Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants.

Apple slices – Apples are a sweet treat for your pup. Just make sure you have removed the seeds and skin.

Pumpkin – Pumpkin can help regulate your dog’s digestive tract. Whether the pumpkin is steamed, baked, or canned make sure that nothing has been added to it.

Remember to keep the portion sizes small if you are using several different foods so you don’t stuff your pet with foods their tummy is not used to.



You can visit our website to sign up to volunteer and/or foster and donate using our DONATE button. Donations help us pay for medical expenses, food, supplies and transporting animals to areas with high adoption needs.

ASVT also sponsors a Spay/Neuter Program for community animals whose owners cannot afford to have their pets altered. This helps decrease the rise of community puppies and kittens that will end up in the shelters.

The accomplishments of ASVT would not be possible without partners like Wiesner Automotive, Empire Electric, Dock Line Magazine and so many more.

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