BULVERDE/SPRING BRANCH AND TNR
Bulverde/Spring Branch area is at the forefront of a movement to help control
outdoor cat populations through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). If you have outside
cats in your area, please ensure that they are sterilized and vaccinated.
And because colder
weather has arrived, please consider building an outside shelter for these
cats. Remember that they can provide free, environmentally safe rodent control
(which helps control the snakes in the area, too).
Allies has a list of feral cat shelter options which vary in shape, size and
level of assembly. Visit http://www.alleycat.org/WinterWeather
for options ranging from a modified storage tub to an A-frame home.
shelters for cats should include an entrance and an exit (each 6–8 inches wide) to enable cats to escape should
a predator follow them in the shelter. Make sure the shelter is in a quiet
area, elevated and large enough for 3–5 cats (unless you have fewer) to help
them heat the area with body heat. You can insulate a shelter with straw but
avoid blankets or other materials that absorb moisture.
ways you can help protect cats on these chillier days:
under your car or to knock on the car’s hood before starting it. Cats sometimes
will crawl under the car or in the engine compartment for warmth.
- If you
are adding antifreeze to your vehicle, please keep it out of reach of pets and
clean up any spills immediately. Antifreeze smells and tastes tempting to
animals but is toxic.
PETS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Consider adopting an animal with special needs. What may seem like a big deal to us is often not a problem for dogs and cats. They learn quickly to adapt to life without eyesight or hearing or a limb. Right now we have some wonderful kittens available with special needs. Some like Binky, here, are blind. They are able to eat, use the litter box, and play with toys, just like the other cats. We also have a cat with diabetes. All of these animals are loving and grateful. Click here to see our special needs cats up for adoption as well as links for more information. Need to complete your family? Come see our adoptable cats at PetSmart at Highway 281 and Evans Road. An adoption counselor is on duty 5-7 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. You can also see our other adoptable dogs and cats in foster at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/TX538.html or
Animal Rescue Connections' Helpline: 210-474-0083 (leave a message)
Address: P.O. Box 239, Bulverde TX 78163
When you give a pet away, the pet pays - Use caution when advertising in the paper or on craigslist.
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