Rescue pets make your heart happy!
By: Ruby Cross, Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas, 501c3 (ASVT)
You could be the world’s most romantic person, enjoying a lovely evening with your significant other, or happily single. Love works either way and our compassion to give and receive has no boundaries. So before you plan your evening take time to remember all the pets this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to introduce yourself to your next “true love” and Animal Shelter Volunteers (ASVT) will help you!
You have to ask yourself sometimes, who is really getting rescued, the animals or us. A pet’s 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. Pets have a positive impact on our lives. From unconditional love and friendship to helping with health issues. Pets not only help keep us stay healthy, they make us happy to be alive too.
ASVT has been dedicated to helping the homeless animals of our community since 2009. 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”. The variety of different types of animals and the different situations they come from are many.
Puppies arrive by the box full – innocent and hungry. They usually have a good chance of being adopted – others may wait for 3 or 4 months for their special person.
This is what happened to Bruno…
Bruno was born in a shelter with 7 siblings. His family, mom included, was pulled by ASVT and a foster home was found. Unfortunately when puppies are born in shelters, they are susceptible to many illnesses and diseases. When Bruno and his litter were 4 weeks old they were placed in a foster home with Katy Simmons and her family. Bruno went on to stay in the ER for eight days, on oxygen, IV fluids and meds and was the sole survivor.
As expenses were rising, we needed to pull him from the ER. With the help of many, Katy’s family made a make shift portable oxygen tank and picked Bruno up. He had to be on oxygen even for the 20 minute ride home.
Bruno was put on stronger antibiotics and within 12 hours he was able to be taken out of the oxygen tank for hours at a time. He is now three weeks out of the hospital and you would never know this little ball of fur was sick and knocking on death’s door.
Katy Simmons said, “When a plea went out about needing a foster home, I immediately took them on. Fostering is not for the faint of heart. It’s incredibly difficult at times. But the payoff, watching this puppy fight for his life, fighting with/for him, seeing him go from being weak and underweight to a fat, normal puppy is worth every tear, every sleepless night. He is growing into such an amazing puppy and we can’t wait to see where he goes from here”.
In the first two weeks of January ASVT took in more than 60 puppies with and without moms to nurture them. We couldn’t do this without our fosters.
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. Fostering gives an animal a second chance and can be a wonderful life experience for the entire family. Fosters are the unsung heros of rescue!
The Spring season brings kittens, so ASVT is preparing for them. We try to be proactive for what we expect, but it can still be overwhelming. We are fortunate to have a partnership with Pet Supplies Plus in Montgomery that has an ASVT Cat Adoption Room. We have adopted out a number of cats and kittens from this venue.
ASVT has many cats in foster homes that are looking for their forever homes. Please consider adopting if you are looking to add a cat or kitten to your family.
On Valentine’s Day there are some dangers to pets that go unnoticed. These dangers can be prevented, if these simple safety tips are observed:
- Chocolate is the food for lovers but it is very toxic to dogs and even a small amount can cause serious consequences and even death. Be very careful with all of your chocolate treats and remember to contact your vet immediately if you suspect your pet has gotten into the “sweets.”
- Flowers are very romantic but they are also harmful. Certain plants and flowers are toxic to your pets. And the freshness packets that come with some floral arrangements seem quite interesting and even tasty to your cat and dog causing serious stomach upset.
- Planning a nice candle lit dinner for your loved one? That’s great but cats and dogs are intrigued by the dancing flames and not only will whiskers get burned but sometimes the hot wax will cause harm.
- Pets love things that sparkle. Diamond bracelets, rings, necklaces, etc. will often end up in your pet’s stomach if you’re not careful.
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, Dock Line Magazine and so many more.