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!
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Wheels for Adam!

Just an update on Adam. . . because of the overwhelming support form facebook and the news.  Adam will get his wheelchair!!!!  Thank you to everyone who shows support for families in need.  This family is so amazing and so blessed to have strangers give them love and help them out!!!

One of the most beautiful things is when Mom’s band together to try to help each other out.  It is difficult to ask for help, but less so when you have beautiful children depending on you.  One of the Mom’s in my mom’s group moved to Houston and had their family van stolen with all their medical supplies inside, including Adam’s wheelchair.  You can read his and his family’s story below.

This is Adam.
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His parents have six beautiful children, some of which were adopted and have special needs. One of those children is ten-year-old Adam who has Spina Bifida.

Adam’s family recently moved to Houston. On the first night here, their 15 passenger van was stolen still containing all of their medical supplies and many of the children’s things. Their van was well suited for handicapped accessibility and a large family to safely travel. Unfortunately, liability insurance doesn’t cover the loss of the van or valuable property inside.

The wheelchair Adam is now using is too small and is becoming increasingly difficult to use. In order for Adam to gain autonomy and acquire freedom, he very badly needs a wheelchair that gives him the ability to keep up with his brothers and sisters and regain the independence that was taken from him.

Adam needs a wheelchair that will grow with him through these vital years of his life. The children’s hospital has such a chair but the family cannot cover the cost of $4500 with their growing medical bills. Insurance would cover the chair, but like many Americans they have an extremely high deductible which far exceeds the price of the chair.

Our first priority is to get Adam the chair he needs to lead as normal of a life as possible. Our next goal is to retrofit a van so it will accommodate their needs for the commutes to Adam’s specialists in Dallas.

Please help us show this family that even though they were victimized by one greedy individual, Texans can come together to help a child in need.

Please feel free to inquire about other ways to donate and thank you all for your support!!

Donate here:

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/wheels-for-adam/330330#.VR4c22cjRK4.facebook

Watch the news story here:

http://www.khou.com/story/news/features/2015/04/30/friends-help-replace-10-year-olds-wheelchair/26620467/

Sometimes it’s a Simple and Complicated as Asking for Help

Sometimes the answer is as simple and as complex as asking for help.  Why is it in this day and age that we as humans find such a simple thing as asking for help so dang complicated?

The answer to that is simple. . . fear.  Fear of judgement.  Fear of rejection. Fear people will think we are incompetent, or won’t take us seriously.  Fear we won’t get the help if we do ask for it. Fear is a powerful emotion.  In it’s useful form it can keep us from mortal danger, our body intrinsically sending us into a fight or flight response so we can protect ourselves from harm.  In other forms it can cause us to freeze like a deer in headlights or in it’s most irrational form can cause us to develop a phobia.

Asking for help is not something that should ever be frowned upon.  People who ask for help are brave!  John Wooden said  “We’re all imperfect and we all have needs. The weak usually do not ask for help, so they stay weak. If we recognize that we are imperfect, we will ask for help and we will pray for the guidance necessary to bring positive results to whatever we are doing.”

My personal theory is to take a deep breath and ask for help when you need it. The worst possible outcome of asking for help is that the person you ask can say no, they won’t help you, which means you are not better or worse off than before you asked.  If the person says yes and does assist you, the aid they give could considerably change your situation for the better.  Most people are willing to assist when a request for assistance is made.  (It’s almost as hard to say no to helping someone as it is difficult to ask for help.)

When asking for help keep a few things in mind.

1. Know what you want to ask.  Be direct and specific with your request for help. People are not mind readers.  Asking for help is similar to setting goals in that requests should be specific, measurable and time bound.

2. Don’t assume people are all on a level playing field.  Everyone has different areas of expertise.  For the most part people do not know everything you know and you do not know everything they know.  In asking for help you are asking someone to share their personal knowledge and expertise, and in asking for help you may both learn something.

3. Help is a two way street.  Don’t just ask for help but help foster a community where help is encouraged by also offering help or by giving help to others when the requests are made of you.

If we all take a little time to help each other great things happen!!! I’ll end with a quote from Cesar Chavez  “You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” This folks, is simple truth.

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Dealing with Death

It seems like Death sometimes sneaks up on us, and the older we get the more it starts to surround us.  When a loved one passes or when a friend’s loved one passes, it’s hard to know how to react.  Dealing with all the emotions surrounding a death makes us feel awkward and clumsy.  It is easy for our tongue to get tied into knots and we just don’t know what to say or what to do.  That’s okay.  Just do your best.

A few helpful things to know:

  • Grief is a roller coaster ride.  Everyone grieves differently.  Allow people space to grieve, but also be around for support.
  • It is not healthy to bottle up grief, let the person experiencing the grief express their feelings and share memories with you.  Sometimes sharing your memories helps too.
  • Sometimes it’s just helpful to be a shoulder to cry on.
  • Rituals such as a funeral or a memorial service help some people in the grieving process, if you can attend for support, do so.
  • There is not a time limit on grief.  All people experience grief differently.  There is no correct or incorrect way to deal with grief.  It is NEVER okay to tell someone they should move on.  They have experienced a substantial change to their world and they must recover at their own pace.
  • Watch your tongue, don’t say anything insensitive/stupid: Some examples of such stupidity are:
    • “I Understand how you feel.”  (You are not them, you have no clue how they feel.)
    • “They are in a better place.” (How is being away from them in a better place?)
    • “They would want you to move on” (Even if “they” would want that, moving on is a process, that requires time and healing and more time.)
  • It’s better to say things like “I’m sorry for your loss” and “I love you” or even “It sucks”.

Some Appropriate Ways to express your Sympathy are:

  • Send/Bring a thought-filled personal gift or letter
  • Bring Food- Any kind of food, or buy them groceries with a list of what simple meals can be made from them.
  • Mow their lawn/clean their house, don’t ask them to call you and ask for your help, just go do it.
  • If they have children, take the children for the day.
  • Spend time with them, it could be a night of silence, tears or laughter filled memories.  Let them talk, and listen, just listen.
  • Be patient and let them know you are there for them for the long haul by being there.  CHeck in with them often over the coming months and possibly years.

If the person in the grieving process seems to be “losing it”, experiencing trouble coping or functioning you might want to urge them to get some type of professional help in a grief support group, in books, or through counseling.