It’s KITTEN SEASON! A reminder that babies you find likely have a mom nearby...
Attention Rescuers: When you find baby kittens, rabbits, deer, whatever and you don’t see the mother…..don’t just scoop them up and assume you are rescuing them. Usually Mom is about 10-20 feet away and watching you kidnap her babies. Please be careful: In kitten season (now) we receive kittens about twice a week who are well fed and healthy and clearly had a Mom taking care of them. The best thing to do is to move the babies out of the road if necessary and then check back in an hour. Do not handle the babies or let the kids do so. Mom may reject her babies if they have a “wrong” scent. Let Mom have a chance to get her babies. We do our best to take care of the orphans we receive, but reality is that their survival chances are cut in half when they lose Mom too early. And thanks and congrats to the people who give Mom this chance and then rescue the babies if necessary.
Joshua is taking the shelter high tech! Check out his new Litter Robot, which rotates to empty itself. Imagine…..litter that is always clean!! Of course Josh will be pretty busy explaining to each of his subjects just how to use this improvement. And if you come by the shelter, he’ll be glad to demo it for you also!
If you'd like to purchase a Litter Robot, or learn more about it, click HERE to go to their website. There is also a $25. discount coupon for you!
Josh here! And I’m announcing a new adoption promotion. We’re going to continue our Cat of the Week (COW) program with a new COW announced each Friday on FB. And here’s the big news: The reigning COW will have a free adoption fee for the week….Friday through Thursday….until the next Cat of the Week is announced. So be sure and check with us on FB on Fridays to discover our featured kitty!
While we hope that all pet owners are able to provide their pets with furever homes, sometimes there are circumstances that prevent this. We're pleased to announce a NEW program through Adopt-A-Pet.com and Petco Foundation. This program allows you to list your pet on a website and find folks in your area who are looking for a pet. Please click the link below for more information.
We’ve just received two separate grants from Maddie’s Fund!
Million Cat Challenge is a nation wide shelter-based campaign to save the lives of 1 million cats in North America over the next five years. It is based on five key initiatives to help shelters reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. We are participating in the information sharing and were awarded $1000 for this effort.
Shelter Animals Count is also funded by Maddie’s Fund and is focused on getting detailed information on the intake and eventual outcome of cats and dogs going to shelters. Getting this accurate and detailed information is central to making plans to decrease intake and increase live outcomes for these ownerless animals. We have provided and continue to provide our shelter data and also convinced another shelter to participate and were awarded $1500 for this.
Please join us in thanking Maddie’s Fund for supporting FOGAS!
Donate your car to help homeless animals and receive a charity tax deduction in the process. You'll be getting rid of a vehicle taking up space in your garage or driveway and avoid the hassle of costly repairs or selling a vehicle. It's a winning scenario!
In addition to cars, here is a list of other vehicles that may be donated:
* Car - *Truck - *Boat - *Motorcycle - *Trailer - *RV or Motorhome - *Airplane - *ATV - *Watercraft
By making a vehicle donation you are helping us to continue our mission. With our free spay/neuter program, over the last 12 years we have "fixed" for free approximately 6000 dogs and cats to prevent unwanted litters and homeless pets.
By clicking the above link you will be taken to a page that details the simple process for donating a vehicle. First, you will call CARS at 855-500-RIDE (7433) or fill out their online form. CARS will arrange for free, same day towing of your car, boat, or other vehicle. (running or not!). There is NO cost to you. Your vehicle can be picked up from your home, office or even repair shop.
In exchange for your vehicle and signed title, the towing company will give you a tax-deductible donation receipt to use when filing your taxes. After your vehicle is sold, CARS will provide you with a tax receipt. (Any additional tax questions should be referred to your tax advisor/tax preparer.)
Graham Land and Cattle Company in Gonzales has been sponsoring our FOGAS "Pet of the Week" placements in the Gonzales Inquirer. We'd like to send a VERY BIG "TEXAS" sized THANK YOU for your support! These ads have been very productive for us in getting our fur orphans adopted! Thank you!
WANTED! ~ Volunteers to do sewing for the shelter. The work would be done in your home at your own speed. We will provide supplies. The work consists of hemming and repairing blankets, making sleeping hammocks, making covers for heating pads, and other small projects. You must have your own machine. There is no pay except knowing the shelter kitties have a soft and cozy bed to sleep on this winter. If you are interested in helping, please call the shelter at 830-857-1616, or leave a message here. Thank you!
I be Joshua, and I run this place. Them women that keep writing in are my staff, and I do my best to train them up but it’s not easy! In the next few weeks I’m going to introduce you to some special kitties at my shelter. My staff calls them “special needs” because they aren’t absolutely perfect. But how many of us are? (Well, modesty prevents!) Anyhow, each of these kitties has different needs and deserves a home and a chance and I’m looking for special adopters with big hearts. I've also decided to wave the adoption fees for my special friends! …Love, Josh.
UPDATES - As of August 1st, 2013
Grant News: Shiner zip 77984 is gaining a DOG component! Beginning August 1st all Shiner residents of zip code 77984 may have their DOGS fixed at no cost! All you have to do is call Guadalupe Valley Veterinary Clinic at 830-672-8676 and make your appointment. Grant will continue until its $5,000 limit is reached. So, hurry! And the Shiner cat grant continues. Just call Guadalupe Valley Veterinary Clinic and schedule your free spay/neuter.
The Gonzales County spay/neuter grants continue for both cats and dogs. For the cat grant just call GVVC at 830-672-8676 and schedule your surgery. For dogs call FOGAS at 830-857-1616 and we’ll sign you up for a free spay/neuter.
Spay/Neuter News: FOGAS just received a second Trap/Neuter/Return grant for free roaming cats from PetSmart Charities. This one is for $46,220 and covers all of Gonzales County…..including all 4 cities and the areas in between. The grant includes the spay/neuter surgery itself plus a rabies shot and an ear tattoo showing the year of rabies inoculation. We expect to serve 500 cats in the next six months with this grant. And if you are a Gonzales County resident….you qualify! Just call Guadalupe Valley Veterinary Clinic at 830-672-8676 to schedule appointments for your cats.
We have a favor to ask! We would like fans who live, work or wander around the surrounding communities to post a couple of flyers for us! We’re trying to broaden our visibility and we don’t know the most effective spots to post in nearby towns or communities. You may click the link below to download a printable flier, that you could then post for us. (The fliers will print on a standard size piece of paper.) If you are not able to print/download, but want to help, we would be happy to mail you a few that you could then place for us.
Anywhere you can think of that would have good visibility would be terrific! Grocery stores, feed stores, library, community center, churches, restaurants, veterinary offices, etc.
Please click HERE to download the flier.
If you would like us to mail you a few fliers, please email us your mailing address and we will send some out right away. Please send your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org