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 13 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.
Always Ready To Help!
Imagine three scared Chihuahuas found running the streets of Huntsville. They were rescued by a good Samaritan and taken into their home. They agreed to foster for ASVT. When ASVT learned the foster family was required to evacuate their property due to the Huntsville Game Preserve fire, two of our volunteers met the foster to take the dogs as the foster had livestock and their own pets to worry about.They were put into foster homes, spayed/neutered and vetted. They are now ready for their forever families. Meet Ana, Amy and Buster.This is what we do every day. We couldn’t do it without the support from all of you! Amy Ana Buddy
ASVT is starting back up with events on each Saturday.Thanks to our co-hosts that have us at their location every month. McCoy’s, Pet supplies Plus, Ransom’s Steakhouse, The Lodge – Luxury Boarding Retreat 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.
While Giving Tuesday happens every Tuesday, the annual celebration of generosity will happen on November 28, 2023. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past 10 years, this idea has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. To participate in GivingTuesday to help Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas please visit our website and make a tax deductible donation with the DONATE button.
HOW CAN YOU HELP US HELP THEM?
ADOPT, SPONSOR, 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 Ransoms Steakhouse, Animal Hospital of Montgomery, Bruce and Toni Sellers, Dock Line Magazine and so many more.