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ASVT: Celebrating The 4TH of July… What Does It Mean To Animals?

ASVT: Celebrating The 4TH of July… What Does It Mean To Animals?

Celebrating The 4TH of July… What Does It Mean To Animals?

We all love to celebrate and July 4th is traditionally a day for respectful fun and thanks for the freedom that was made possible in 1776. Now, here we are in 2024 Independence Day in Montgomery County, but it is a tough time for Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas (ASVT) to celebrate wholeheartedly when animals in our community are suffering. ASVT are in the trenches daily striving to give “independence from suffering” to animals in need. We are contacted daily about starved, abused and unwanted dogs and cats and there are more out there that are not being helped.

Our community and animal shelters are overflowing and there is no end in sight….unless we promote SPAY & NEUTER.

So many animals were taken in by ASVT since January and more keep arriving. If you have ever considered adopting, now is a perfect time, but we still need to concentrate on spay/neuter.

Don’t worry – we will not run out of puppies or kittens! We are at disgraceful epidemic levels of unwanted, neglected and abused animals.

You can visit our website to see all our pets available for adoption. All pets shown in this article are available for YOU to adopt!


Transports Save Lives!

Our most recent “puppy only” transport journeyed to Siouxland, Iowa on May 30, arriving May 31. Within 5 days all were adopted.

Thanks to our very own volunteer/foster Jim Murray for getting this precious cargo safely to Iowa!

Ava, Baxter, Belle, Brent, Bosley, Bonnie and Benji have a wonderful life in the north. Never forget your Texas roots!

Seven puppies Iowa bound!

ASVT Promotions

Now is the time to add a new feline friend to your family! Visit our website to see all our adoptable cats included in this Catapalooza.      

Montgomery County has a TNR program and it works!! TNR is reducing the number of suffering, unwanted cats and kittens in the county!

The stray animal population in Montgomery County is HUGE! Public and private shelters are overcrowded. The community at large is mostly unaware of the problem and doesn’t realize there are relatively easy, inexpensive ways to help solve the problem. Spaying female and neutering male animals guarantees no new puppies or kittens are born.

ASVT has allocated $20,000.00 to their Community Spay/Neuter Program. We are offering a limited number of free surgeries to help lower income community members be responsible pet owners. Proof of income status or government assistance is required to confirm eligibility.

The pet owner is required to pay a REFUNDABLE deposit ($50.00/cat, $75.00/dog) prior to an appointment being scheduled. The surgeries are performed at Texas Litter Control. The package includes the surgery, microchip insertion, rabies vaccine (if needed) and an e-collar. The refundable deposit is returned after ASVT receives an invoice indicating the surgery was performed. For more information or to complete an application, please email ASVT at [email protected].

If you would like to donate to this cause please do so!  Visit our website to donate.


This month we celebrate our Independence Day and also celebrating National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets, according to a data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.

Prevent your pet from starting fires…

  • Extinguish open flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Remove stove knobs – Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove is the number one piece of equipment involved in pets starting a fire.
  • Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Beware of water bowls on wooden decks – Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck.  The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.


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!




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.

The accomplishments of ASVT would not be possible without partners like Wiesner Automotive, Ransoms Steakhouse, Animal Hospital of Montgomery, Bruce and Toni Sellers, Dock Line Magazine and so many more.

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