Texas Humane Heroes Celebrate Their First Year With A Paws And Reflect Breakfast At Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Texas Humane Heroes (7)2013 has been a milestone year for Texas Humane Heroes. It started on January 15th with the merger of the Humane Society of Williamson County and CenTex Humane Society – two local no-kill pet adoption centers. That is a big job all by itself. On top of all the work that goes along with merging two agencies into one, they still had to carry on their main mission of finding families for abandoned and homeless animals.

To celebrate this important year, and to bring local supporters and donors up to speed on everything involved in the change, Texas Humane Heroes put on an appreciation breakfast at Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Round Rock. Several speakers, headed by Ron Marullo, Executive Director of Texas Humane Heroes, took time to share their impressions about the big changes, and their hopes and plans for the future. At the core of every message was that, in spite of all of the work that had to be done to get these two agencies under the same banner, the job of finding homes for stray dogs and cats had to be carried on.

That is a huge and costly job. As mentioned earlier, Texas Humane Heroes is a no-kil6a00e554e7f95e8833013487f9d9b9970c-800wil shelter. That means that THH commits to fully care for each animal that it brings into their adoption centers until a forever home is found for each and every animal. Spaying, neutering, veterinary exams, shelter and nutrition for each of these animals adds up, and adoption fees cover less than half the total average cost per animal. You can see why this job is huge, and that fund raising to meet this need is never ending. [Read more…]

Texas Humane Heroes Rogue Rescue Run 5K Supports No-Kill Pet Rescue

TexasHumaneHeroes_Logo-150It was a perfect day for a run. I can’t imagine running to the mailbox anymore in the shape I’m in, but if I could run, this would have been the day to do it, and what a great cause. Texas Humane Heroes had their third annual Rogue Rescue Run 5K to support the amazing work they do to find homes for animals in Central Texas.

Raising funds to keep a nonprofit like Texas Humane Heroes going is endless, and it has to be done. This rescue takes in homeless animals, typically from local municipal shelters that would otherwise have to put them down to make space. Texas Humane Heroes is no-kill shelter, so that means that they commit to take care of every pet they take in until it is adopted. That gets expensive.

There is a significant cost associated with each animal that comes in. Spaying and neutering, along with veterinary checks, vaccinations, microchiping, food and shelter, costs around $200 per pet. In order to cover some of that cost, Texas Humane Heroes does charge a small fee – the average is from $85 to $100 – for adoptions. The rest of the cost has to come from fundraising. [Read more…]

Dog (and Cat) Days in Leander End Up Finding Forever Homes for Dogs and Cats – Texas Humane Heroes

It was a dog day, alright. Texas Humane HeroesIt was only 10:30 in the morning, and the temps were already at or near 100 with a high of 104 expected. This day was toasty. By the time I had a chance to catch up with and interview Eran Fehily, Director of Community Relations and Development for Texas Humane Heroes, there was a large group of moist people lining up to make their way into the kennels to pick out their new K9 family member. The kennel was full of barks, wagging tails, squealing kids and sweaty parents as everyone jockeyed for position around the front of their favorite pooch’s door. It was pretty much the same situation where the cats were being adopted except there was no barking – duh – and it was air conditioned. What??

It really was a happy sight as dozens and dozens of dogs and cats were finding their forever home with a new family. This was the free Dog (and cat) Days of Summer mega adoption event sponsored by the Texas Humane Heroes out at their facility in Leander. This event was part of an attempt by Texas Humane Heroes to help save the lives of a planned 1,500 adoptable animals this summer. The ASPCA and Rachel Ray are holding a contest this summer to see if 50 shelters around the United States will be able to beat their own previous records at adopting out their shelter population.

It’s called the $100K Challenge.  The hope is that the chance of winning prize money for the shelter will inspire the shelter’s staff and supporters to greater efforts. If the adoption efforts are successful, shelters like Texas Humane Heroes are awarded prize money to help support their ongoing work. It’s a great idea. More pets get homes and more lives are saved. [Read more…]