By: Ruby Cross, Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas, 501c3 (ASVT)
As we ring in 2019 we reflect back on what we accomplished in 2018 and what we can do even better in the New Year. Resolutions of course, and trying to live up to them as the year goes by.
Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas is proud of all that was accomplished by our rescue since the inception of our group.
We started out as a small group of volunteers at a local shelter in 2010. We could see the desperate need for improvement to the policies and the care of the animals and that is when it all began! We sat around a table and discussed what we felt we needed to do and what we would call ourselves. Many names were discussed and we decided on Animal Shelter Volunteers because that’s what our focus was. But, we didn’t stop there – we imagined making a positive difference in the Shelter, which we did.
The Shelter did not allow fostering and our determination made that happen!! Our insistence caught the attention of Ozzy Osborne (Dock Line Magazine) and he wanted to help bring awareness, so have we have written a monthly article since 2010.
Some improvements that ASVT was instrumental in implementing…
- Foster Program
- Volunteer Program
- Offsite Adoption Events
- Play yard fencing
- Cat room
- Walking trails, and much more.
ASVT made a difference!!
We felt Montgomery County would be next with our focus. We are now involved with them, but we felt compelled to be Big and added TEXAS to our name because we felt we were on a mission and go for the entire state!
We now proudly network across Texas and beyond. We are a rescue with no boundaries!
Back to the present… we have come a long way from the early days of 2010. Early 2017 we moved our focus to concentrate on abandoned, homeless and injured community animals. Also a start with our Spay/Neuter Program and monthly transports to northern states where adoption needs are high.
Adoptions in 2018 numbered more than 300 and we are proud to have been part of saving these pets lives and placing them in happy homes.
CHLOE & ANGEL ADOPTED
So by now you are thinking what more can ASVT do to help the animals? We move on to bigger and better things.
We are thankful for the number of businesses that host our weekly Adoption Events. Ransom’s Steakhouse, McCoy’s Building Supply, Pet Supplies Plus and B-52 Brewery. If you would like to host one of our events just send us an email at ASVTexas@gmail.com.
These are just some of the pets ASVT has taken in and are available for adoption. If you are interested please visit our website and submit an Adoption Application. www.ASVTexas.org
Polly & Buster
Honey & Shadow
Elvis & Macie
Razzy & Annie
Blackie & Max
Madi & Rosie
Once a month ASVT sends a number of dogs to Iowa where adoption needs are high. We try to send from 10 to 20 dogs on each of these transports. They are usually adopted within two weeks. This is a lifesaving journey for these dogs.
The cost to send each dog is $200. This is an expense that ASVT incurs for those that we cannot get sponsors. If you would like to sponsor one of our dogs just visit our website and make a donation with the note that it is for a transport dog. At the time dogs are selected to go, you will be notified of the dogs going and can select the one you would like to sponsor.
The stray animal population in our community and in all of Texas continues to multiply. The only solution is to spay/neuter as many as possible. We understand that not all pet owners can afford the expense of this surgery. ASVT is helping with this problem. Our Spay/Neuter Program is in place to help financially with getting these pets altered.
As always, we continue to find loving homes for the less fortunate animals found on our streets. ASVT takes in animals from abusive, neglected homes or stray situations. We take in animals regardless of their health issues and take on the medical expenses for that particular animal. What we do is provide the animal a temporary home through a network of animal foster parents who agree to take care of the animal until it is adopted.
As we look forward to 2019 we look back to November and December of 2018 when we took in more than 44 puppies with their mothers all within a three week period. These puppies will be ready for adoption as New Year puppies.
Lassie & Puppies, Thea & Puppies
Fanny & Puppies, Honeybee & Puppies
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.
The accomplishments of ASVT would not be possible without partners like Wiesner Automotive, Empire Electric, Dock Line Magazine and so many more.