Pit Bull Month: Spay/Neuter $20

Pit Bull Spay Neuter


Animal Friends of Washington County (in collaboration with PetSmart Charities) is offering a special this month for Pit Bull awarness month – you can get your pet fixed for only $20. Call 979-277-0400 and book your appointment today!

Looking for a Pit Bull of your own to give a happy and loving home to this month? True Blue Animal Rescue has many bully breeds waiting for their forever homes, including some senior pits that would love a soft cushion, some AC, and an owner to pet them for their last few remaining years. Please consider looking at our listings and opening your home to adopt or foster from TBAR!

Foster Feature: Family Circle Chis



A few weeks ago we introduced you to our Charlie Brown family of Chihuahua pups – now meet our Family Circle bunch!

*UPDATE*  We now have folks wanting three of these puppies — PJ, Dolly, and Jeffrey are pending adoption but Billy and mom Tina are still available!

I wanted to say how exciting it can be to foster a litter of puppies!   Watching their eyes begin to open and when they begin to focus on the world around them.    One key is preparation.   We used an inexpensive child’s swimming pool for our whelping box.   This is easy to find this time of year and allows the mother to get away from her puppies while leaving them safe and confined.   Combined with puppy pads for the floor, the surface is easy to keep clean.  These pups were big enough to climb out at about 4 weeks when they started trying to eat soft, moist kibble.   We put two doggie exercise  pens together to make  a 6 x 3  pen for them to learn to run and play in.   It will be still be several weeks before these pups are completely weaned.   During that time,  it is important to socialize and handle all the puppies.    Get them used to different types of surfaces beneath their feet, different noises, different types of toys.  Also, rub their toes, rub their ears, turn them over — establish a human-dog trust.     This will help your puppies to develop into well socialized,  outgoing puppies at an early age and keep them from being shy or fearsome.   Thanks TBAR for the opportunity to raise this cute litter!   Linda and James

TBAR depends on foster homes to help us save animals, as we do not have a shelter location. We hope this story has inspired you to consider becoming a TBAR foster home. If so, please email us at [email protected] or call (936) 878-2349 and help us save more lives!

Spay Day 2014


February 25, 2014 is “World Spay Day” as organized by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International.

TBAR would like to take today to once again share our support for getting all animals spayed or neutered to help prevent pet overpopulation and increase the quality of life of your pet. Spay/neuter is a proven way of saving lives and an important part of our community outreach. Ensuring your pet does not procreate ensures that their offspring doesn’t end up having offspring that end up homeless. In addition, animals that are fixed are less likely to have roaming urges (that end up in them getting into fights or hit by cars) and less likely to get certain types of cancer. We urge everyone to spay or neuter their pet, and to adopt new pets from animal rescues – there are more than enough to fill your hearts and homes!

TBAR has a special fund set up to assist people that need help paying for spay expenses. At this time, this fund allows us to pay for three spays a month using one of two low-cost clinics: The Animal Friends Connie Clinic on Hwy 36 in Brenham and CCC Clinic in Bryan (a new facility).

If you would like to donate to this fund you can do so by clicking here: Donate to the Spay/Neuter Fund

If you would like to apply for Spay Assistance please fill out THIS FORM and return it to [email protected]

For more information on Spay/Neuter you can visit:
Why You Should Spay/Neuter Your Pet
World Spay Day

Here is a great video series from the Humane Society that gives great information about Spay/Neuter and aftercare for your pet:

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
What it Means to Spay/Neuter
What to Watch Out For after Spay/Neuter

We hope World Spay Day has helped to encourage you to spread the word on the importance of Spay/Neuter!
Again, here is the Spay Assistance Form:
TBAR Spay Assistance Request Form

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October 16: Feral Cat Day

National Feral Cat Day 2013


October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, as broadcast by Alley Cat Allies.  This is an awareness day that seeks to spread the word about Feral Cats – to teach people the difference between pet, stray, and Feral cats, and to teach the community that Feral cats can have full and happy lives living outdoors.

The difference between stray and Feral cats is that Feral cats have been born and raised outdoors, enjoying the freedom that comes with “returning to the wild”.  They are not socialized and they do not have the ability or desire to become domesticated.  Once trapped and re-homed, it is unlikely that Feral cats will warm up to humans, and they will not prefer their new indoor captivity to the life they were used to outdoors.  In contrast, as stray cat is one that has been lost or abandoned and is able to be rehabilitated and re-homed.

Because most Feral cats cannot be re-homed, TBAR does not support the trapping and surrendering of them, and so we are unable to place them in Foster Homes that can rehabilitate them.  That being said, TBAR is a huge supporter of the Trap-Neuter-Return initiative, which not only takes care of spay/neuter, but also takes care of vaccinations.  In these situations we ONLY help people if they are willing to feed and monitor the returned cats. We have special funds that supporters can donate to that allow us to pay for fixing and vaccinating Feral cats and helping to control the population.  We are also able to take in kittens that were born outdoors and socialize them before they become Feral, thus allowing them to become adoptable.  If you have Feral cats in your area, please take a look at these tips for helping to manage them:

–  Consider a Trap-Neuter-Return program.  If you need to borrow a trap, or if you need assistance in funding, please contact us.  Click here for more info from Alley Cat Allies on Trap-Neuter-Return.

–  Feed and monitor your feral cat community, but only in safe locations (do not feed close to roads, or neighbors with aggressive dogs).  Animal control should be alerted if you have a cat that looks sickly in your cat community.

–  Feral kittens have a short window in which they can be collected and socialized.  Keep an eye on your Feral community and identify any pregnant Feral cats so you can know when the kittens are born.

–  If you know anyone that is considering trapping and surrendering, please offer them advice on deterrents.  The use of deterrents is an effective way to convince Feral cats to find a new location to live in.  Some deterrents are very easy and affordable: lemon peels, coffee grounds, chopsticks, rock beds, and car covers.

–  Inform others of the vacuum effect:  once one cat is removed it only creates space for another Feral cat to move in the territory.  Trap-Neuter-Return prevents the continual rotation of the population.

–  Click here for a brochure with even more information on living with cats in your area

Fun fact:  one of the greatest examples of a Community Cat program is in the “Happiest Place on Earth”:  at Disneyland!  The Disneyland program cares for around 200 cats and has done so for at least the past 25 years.  They practice Trap-Neuter-Release (which includes spays/neuters and vaccinations), they adopt out kittens, and they also have a community management system that watches over the health and well-being of the cats and feeds them in secure locations away from the public.  In return, the Feral community controls the rodent population of the 85-acre theme park in Anaheim, California.  Don’t expect to see these cats though, they are great at hiding during the day and prefer to be active at night, when the park is empty of crowds.

Post by Jessica Ripley

TBAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a no-kill facility.  If you would like to contribute to the spay/neuter fund which is used to help control Feral cat populations, you can click click here to donate and just make a note that it is for the Feral cats! Every little bit helps us to help the cause.


Please note:  as a no-kill animal shelter TBAR is not a part of the statistics this video notes about the deaths of feral cats in pounds and shelters.  TBAR does not take in any feral cats out of their home environment because they are not adoptable and it is considered inhumane to try to hold them against their will.  This statistic does refer to those that trap feral cats and dump them at their local pound or shelter.  Please consider the above-mentioned alternatives to trapping and removal.

Resources from alleycat.org

Please see this brochure for information on how-to Trap-Neuter-Return:  Click Here

“How to Live with Cats in my Neighborhood” Brochure:  Click Here