Texas Litter Control Needs Your Help!

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One of my favorite rescues and low cost spay neuter clinic, Texas Litter Control, needs your help!!!

http://www.gofundme.com/texaslittercontrol

Texas Litter Control has outgrown it’s building. If you do not know who we are please follow the link below to see our mission statement.

Texas Litter Control has performed 13,000 + spay and neuter surgeries for the general public and people on public assistance in Montgomery and Harris county Houston ,Texas. TLC has also opened 2 separate adoption locations where we have placed 300+ abandoned and homeless animals into forever homes. The state of Texas has an exorbitant amount of homeless and stray animals on its streets and our city pounds are forced to euthanize hundreds of animals on a daily basis paid for by our taxes. We need to educate the public! As it stands Texas Litter Control can only help a small amount of people at one time and our wait list is 2 months long. TLC has been given the chance to move into a larger facility in the same area so that we can continue our fight against pet overpopulation on a bigger scale.
THIS FUNDRAISER is to expand and purchase additional surgical tables, dog/ cat cages and surgical equipment.
This expansion will allow us to perform an extra 3,000 surgeries a year. For every animal we sterilize COUNTLESS are saved!!
Real Texans Don’t Litter… Please spay/neuter your pets!
TexasLitterControl

Spring Brings Ode de Skunk

Spring is the time when you start seeing all sorts of little critters meandering about.  Around us, spring means the perfume of skunks starts to permeate the air.  If you have been fortunate enough to never have had a close and personal encounter with a skunk thank your lucky stars!  If you are like me and you have had a few encounters you understand when I say once you’ve smelled skunk spray up close and personal, it never smells the same again.  I still choke just a little everytime “ode de skunk” fills the air.

My first encounter with the mighty skunk perfume was thanks to our loving dog. In the wee hours of the dawn during her morning potty break she encountered her first skunk.  The sun hadn’t made its appearance yet so I didn’t witness the event, but as I called the dog to return to the house I heard a yelp from the far back corner of our yard and Sadie came running towards the house full speed.  She had some sort of goop on her snout. I went to wipe the goop off with her foot towel when the smell hit me like a freight train.  Really?  A Skunk?  What the heck do I do now?  Remembering a Co-worker had stated his dog had had numerous encounters I texted him for a remedy, I let my boss know I was going to be in a little late to take care of my little problem, and then I called the vet for advice… This is when I learned how to deskunk the dog.

First I washed her off with dawn dish soap.  Then I mixed up the following recipe of three things I actually had on hand…

1 qt of hydrogen peroxide
1/14 cup of baking soda
1 TSP dawn Dish Soap

I mixed the ingredients in a bowl and took them outside to the dog.  (I highly recommend you keep the stinky offender outside during this process.)  I put all the mix on the dog.  I was told the longer you leave on the mixture the better so I put her in her kennel and left for work.  I came back at lunch to rinse her off and then bathed her with the dawn again.  I toweled her off and left her in the sun to dry. The difference in smell was amazing!  There was still a slight hint of noxious odor, but unless you leaned in for a good sniff she was now worthy of re-entering into the house.

Some words of caution

  • I have read that hydrogen peroxide can bleach fur so you shouldn’t leave it on the animal too long.
  • Do NOT get the misture in the animals eyes, if you do flush immediately!
  • Do NOT save the mixture or make it ahead of time, the combination of ingredients can become unstable and explode.

I really hope you never have to use this recipe, but in case you have an adventurous animal… at least you have it!

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It’s Kitten and Puppy Season!

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If you own critters, PLEASE, be a responsible human and get them fixed.  I worked in animal rescue for 10 years and it never ceases to appal me when people let their animal have a litter of puppies or kittens and then expect the offspring to become the problem of a rescue group or shelter.

Newsflash: If you don’t want 7 puppies or kittens, you need to have your dog or cat spayed/neutered!!!!  If you don’t those 7 puppies or kittens are your problem.

I once watched one of my fellow rescuers on the phone with a women whose cat just had kittens…the conversation went something like this:

Rescuer: Well Mame, where did the kittens come from?
Women: Oh well my cat had kittens.
Rescuer: Why didn’t you have your cat spayed?
Women: Well I wanted my children to witness the miracle of life
Rescuer: Well now you should take the kittens down to one of the shelters and your children can witness the miracle of death.
End of call…

YOUR ANIMALS are YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.  Act accordingly.  There are many low cost spay/neuter programs available to help you with this.  There are too many homeless animals wondering about this world and not enough homes to adopt them all.  Help stop perpetuating the problem and get your animal fixed!

If you’re around the Houston area check out my friends at: http://www.texaslittercontrol.org/