Animal Rescue Connections - Your South Central Texas resource to help animals in need

BULVERDE/SPRING BRANCH AND TNR
The 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).

Alley Cat 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.

All outdoor 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.

Two other ways you can help protect cats on these chillier days:
  1. Check 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.
  2. 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.

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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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