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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 more than 10 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 rollercoaster 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?

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.

Jaylo and Jasmine

Imagine you are driving on a road near your home and spot two tiny puppies in a ditch. A Good Samaritan did just that, took them home and called us for help. Our President, Kathy Joslyn was there the next morning to pick them up from the finder. They are now vaccinated, dewormed and all safe in a foster home. They will be ready for adoption soon.

Patty and Puppies

A plea was posted on Facebook for a mama in distress and her five puppies. ASVT answered that we would take them in and get mama to the ER clinic. Our Vice President, Hillary Dumas rushed out at midnight to get them and made the trip to the ER with them. She waited there the rest of the night until Patty was released. She got home in time to take her kids to school. Patty and her puppies are doing great with the Dumas family and puppies will be available soon.

This is what we do every day. We couldn’t do it without the support of all of you!

Adoption Events

ASVT is starting back up with events on each Saturday and practicing social distancing!

Thanks to our co-hosts that have us at their location every month. McCoy’s, Pet Supplies Plus, Ransom’s Steakhouse all in Montgomery and B52 Brewery in Conroe. Please stop by to see our fosters for adoption or just to say hello!

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Thanksgiving For Your Pet

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.

Our Annual Holiday Wreath Fundraiser is in full swing. All wreaths are handmade and double-faced with real balsam fir greens. They harvest their balsam, cedar and white pine boughs only after the needles have set for the winter. This makes for fresher and longer lasting wreaths. Orders can be placed through November 28.




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, Ransom’s Steakhouse, Animal Hospital of Montgomery, Bruce and Toni Sellers, Dock Line Magazine and so many more. 

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