'Pets Fur People' new name for Humane Society of ETX
From Pets Fur People:
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the
Humane Society's service to East Texas.
are repositioning the Humane Society by telling a different story and
communicating a different message. The Humane Society has changed its name to
Pets Fur People…because love is a four legged word. We are a ministry that brings joy by
matching people with pets. We exist to enrich the lives of human families with the unconditional
love and therapeutic effect of pets. Last
year we were the matchmaker for some 800 families that adopted from us!
1968 the Humane Society of East Texas was the impoundment facility for all
animals seized by Animal Control officers in Tyler, Smith County
and 6 other municipalities. During that
time, 376,000 animals were received by the Humane Society. 69,000 animals were placed in adoptive homes. Approximately 80% of the animals received
were humanely euthanized. As of January
2010, we became a selective admission, no kill animal sanctuary. We are proud to claim that every animal under
our care is safe from the threat of euthanasia for as long as it takes to find
them an adoptive home. Our focus now is
to save lives and provide quality adoptions for these animals.
is no other no-kill animal shelter in East Texas! We want to continue to make the future
brighter for the homeless animals in East Texas. Pet owners who can no longer take care of
their companion animals trust us with their pets. Every animal under our care is safe from the
threat of euthanasia for as long as it takes to find them an adoptive
After we accomplished our goal of
becoming a selective admission, no-kill sanctuary, our next goal was to provide
affordable spay and neuter services to the public. In January of 2012, the Humane Society of East Texas began a partnership with Bullard Veterinary
called "Pets Make a Family" Partnership Spay/Neuter Project."
The goal of this project is to reduce pet overpopulation in our communities
through spay/neuter services for the public who request lower costs for spay and
neuter procedures and to promote the importance of continuing
veterinary care for pets. The
clinic is located at the Humane Society's animal shelter in Tyler and is open to the public each
Wednesday and Thursday. To date, 850 dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered at our clinic. The impact of this service is overwhelming
when you understand that one female dog and her offspring in 6 years can
produce 67,000 puppies. One female cat
and her offspring in 7 years can produce 420,000 kittens. Our
next goal was to provide veterinary services to the public at a reduced
cost. That goal was met in January of
this year. Clinic services are
available to the public Tuesday mornings from 9 am until noon. Appointments can be made online on the Humane
Society's website at hsoet.org or by calling 903 526-5598.
Many improvements and upgrades have
been made recently at the Humane Society's animal sanctuary. An empty dog kennel has been transformed into
living quarters designed specifically for large dogs. These large dogs had previously lived in
deteriorating outdoor pens that were not safe for the animals or the
customers. These dogs had covered dog
houses but were always exposed to the weather – during hot, cold and rainy
weather. Each pen was enlarged 3 times
its original size to accommodate the dogs.
They now have large, spacious indoor/outdoor pens equipped with thick
rubber floor mats on the inside of their pens to protect their legs and feet
from stress and soreness from extended periods of time on concrete. All have sling beds to lounge on which allows
for cooler and warmer naps. Three large
exercise pens situated under large shade trees have been constructed for their
daily enjoyment and exercise.
The 18 deteriorated outdoor pens have
been torn down and the area leveled with new top soil in preparation for the
construction of a landscaped memorial park.
The park will include memorial pavers from pet owners who purchased the
pavers to help with the construction costs of the renovations. Additionally, sponsored memorial benches will
adorn the park.
are also under advisement to construct a public dog park in an under utilized
area on the grounds which will provide dog lovers the opportunity to bring
their dogs for exercise. There currently
is no public dog park in Tyler. This dog park will bring more awareness for
the Humane Society's animal sanctuary.
involvement is very important to the Humane Society. We have an on-going humane education program
aimed at children kindergarten to 4th grade which teaches love and
respect for animals. Additionally, local
senior facilities receive regular visits from Humane Society volunteers and
Humane Society puppies to brighten their day.
The Humane Society has partnered with Meals on Wheels to provide food
for the dogs and cats of shut-ins. This
program kicked off in December of 2012.
are being cultivated to develop a partnership with Northshore Animal League –
the largest no-kill facility in the United States. The Humane Society will work with Northshore
Animal League to rescue dogs from municipal animal shelters that are scheduled
for euthanasia to be placed in homes in New
The Humane Society does not receive any funding
from the City of Tyler, Smith County
or any national Animal Welfare groups (HSUS, ASPCA). Our mission is solely carried out through adoption
fees (18%), fundraisers (42%) and private contributions (42%). We
need financial support from the public in order for us to continue our mission. Donations are tax deductible.
Humane Society of East Texas is a selective admission, life-sustaining animal
sanctuary. Our mission is to provide a temporary haven for the animals in our
care, until they find their forever families. We are committed to reduce and
ultimately eliminate euthanasia as an acceptable method of population control
for unwanted dogs and cats. We promote the positive results of spay/neuter
programs to reduce dog and cat overpopulation, and pride ourselves in teaching
responsible pet guardianship.
Saturday, May 25 2013 3:05 PM EDT2013-05-25 19:05:48 GMT
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