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Shelters are Overcrowded… How can you help?

Shelters are Overcrowded… How can you help?

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Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas (ASVT) has found homes for more than 700 animals during 2020 in our foster program and it is a revolving door – we take them in – give medical care – spay and neuter and find them homes – take in more & repeat. Every animal has a story and how it came to us.

ASVT takes in unwanted, discarded, community animals to lighten the load on shelters and we place them in temporary ASVT foster homes until adopted. Unfortunately we can’t take them all. Unwanted animals are at an all-time high and the local shelters are bursting at the seams and there is no sign of slowdown in sight.

We thank Dock Line Magazine for allowing us to share information on what is happening right under our noses here in our Community. This is not meant to sadden the public but to share awareness of the issues and the options for helping improve the situation.

Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS), located on Hwy 242 houses more than 900 animals, plus has hundreds in foster care! Can you visualize what that must be like? They arrive unwanted, some starving, sick and neglected. Quite often you will see MCAS personnel going beyond their regular work hours and volunteering extra hours to help the animals in need.

ASVT, other rescues and MCAS are working together to re-home shelter animals and increase SPAY AND NEUTER in our community!

Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic that is plaguing us right now has made the animals in need coming in higher numbers. Shelters are limited on intake and hours of operation. ASVT and other rescues are having to pick up the higher influx of homeless stray animals in our community.

The past months of this pandemic is bringing so many abandoned puppies and kittens. We can take them in only if we have fosters so the dilemma continues. 

There is FREE and LOW COST SPAY AND NEUTER AVAILABLE! There should be no excuse in the world to not have animals spayed and neutered when it is there for the taking! Please spread the word on spay and neuter! 

Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas is a foster based rescue organization. We depend on foster parents to help us improve the quality of lives for animals in our community. ASVT has been active in rescuing homeless and abandoned pets since 2010.

I personally became involved with fostering for ASVT about 6 years ago. I was asked if I would like to foster an injured Chihuahua named Soldier that was having his leg amputated. My first thought was how can I ever love a dog and then let him go. Everyone assured me I could do it, so I went with it. Well, I was right. When it came time for his first meet and greet I was in tears. Soldier was my first “foster fail”. But, I did try again and it didn’t become easier to let them go, but I realized I was saving a life and making sure my fosters were placed in a safe and loving home. After more than 180 fosters, many tears of joy, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.

All fosters shown here are waiting to be adopted. Please consider adopting a rescue pet.

WHAT IS A PET FOSTER HOME? Being a pet foster parent, you provide a temporary home for a pet on the way to adoption. The number of pets that ASVT can save depends on the number of fosters who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

WHY DO ANIMALS NEED FOSTER CARE? Fostering saves two animals lives when shelters are full. The one you foster and the one that can now use the kennel freed at the shelter.

Whatever the reason, these pets need extra love and care before they can be adopted. Providing foster care can be a lifesaving gift for a homeless pet.

Fosters find their forever homes by ASVT networking on numerous pet finder websites, on our website, Facebook page and adoption events. This gives people looking to adopt a rescue pet a wide venue to look for their dream pet.

THE JOY OF FOSTERING A HOMELESS PET 

If you would like to help the homeless pets of our community and become an ASVT foster, just visit our website and submit a foster application. We would love for you to foster volunteer, adopt or donate.

www.ASVTexas.org

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Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas (ASVT) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. We are dedicated to helping abandoned, abused and neglected animals. NO ONE IS PAID and we appreciate the Donations, Fosters and Volunteers to help us continue.

KROGER PLUS CARD

Kroger grocery stores will donate a percentage of your purchases to ASVT. Every time you shop, be sure to use your Kroger Plus Card or Alt-ID at checkout.
Use the link below to sign in or create a Kroger account. When you edit your Kroger Community Rewards information, be sure to enter ASVTs NPO# HJ136. THANK YOU Kroger shoppers! https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

HOW CAN YOU HELP US HELP THEM? 

ADOPT, SPONSOR, VOLUNTEER, FOSTER, DONATE! 

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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