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Your Lost Pet Comes Home - with Microchipping!

Every Tuesday from 10-2 and every Second Saturday from 10-noon,
Friends of the Animals offers microchipping for pets. It's a simple, painless procedure: a tiny microchip is inserted into the scruff of your dog or cat. It has a number on it that shows up when your pet is scanned at a shelter. And your pet is returned home!

The cost is $22 and includes the national registration.

Friends of the Animals clinic is located in the southeast corner of highways 198 and 334 in Gun Barrel City behind Milano's Pizza and the gym
No appointment is necessary for microchipping.

Friends has run the low-cost spay/neuter clinic since July 2002, doing surgery one day a week.

Surgery is done by appointment only and ranges in cost from $30 for a male cat to $55 for a large breed female dog. Appointments may be made by calling 903-887-PETS (-7387).

Questions about the microchip clinic? Call the same number for more information.
Protect Pets in Summer

Summer may be a time of fun and relaxation but for animals, it's a time of wearing a heavy fur coat in 90 degree plus weather. Make sure your pets are protected from this summer's heat.

If your pets have to live outside, be aware that they will need shade at all times of the day. A yard that may be OK in the morning can become unbearably hot by late afternoon.

Fresh water: Check the water bowls at least a couple of times during the day to refill it if necessary. Your dog and your cat cannot survive the heat without lots of water.

If you walk or jog with your dog, make sure that you do so in the cooler mornings. And provide plenty of fresh cool water when you get home.

DO NOT TAKE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR THIS SUMMER! If you plan on stopping anywhere for any length of time. Even with the windows rolled down a bit, your car can become an oven in a matter of minutes. Dogs cannot sweat - they perspire through their mouths by heavy breathing - and inhaling all that hot air means that within minutes they can suffer heat stroke and can die.

Winter Protection

Your furry friends may come equipped with a warm winter coat, but that doesn't mean they're prepared for the dangers of extreme cold weather. 

Ideally outdoor pets should be brought inside when the weather gets really bad here - our pets in this climate are not suited for extreme cold or ice. 

But if you can't bring them in, plan to protect your outdoor pets during cold weather. Make sure they always have fresh water - you might check it a couple of times a day in case it freezes over. And a plastic bowl would be better than metal as a dog's tongue could stick to metal. 

Your outside pet will need a three-sided shelter with a warm floor covering such as a blanket or hay. The shelter should be small enough to retain the animal's body heat - and of course, face the entrance away from the wind. 

Store anti-freeze properly - many dogs die from being poisoned from anti-freeze as it tastes sweet to them. 

Your pets depend on you to keep them safe and protected.
Need Financial Help Getting Your
Large Dog Fixed?

Friends of the Animals Low-Cost
Spay/Neuter Clinic has received a
grant enabling people needing
financial assistance in getting large
dogs, male or female, spayed or
neutered.

This grant will pay for the surgery
cost for cats and dogs over 25
pounds at time of surgery.



The reason the grant is so specific
is that smaller dogs are usually
easy to place and have small litters.
Large dogs, however, languish in
shelters as no one wants them and
can have litters of up to 15 puppies
two to three times a year, most of
which end up being put on the trash
heap.

Large dogs are also the ones who
tend to run in packs if allowed to
roam doing much destruction to
property, people and other animals.








Donate Today
Community Food Pantry at CCL Methodist Church inTool
    
903-432-3003-Mon/Wed/Fri 9:30-12:30

Faith in Action Outreach
103 S. Terry St., Malakoff
Thursdays 9-11am,
4:30-6pm     903-489-7500
Christian Life Center Food Pantry
in Gun Barrel City during
the hours of
9-1 Tuesday or Thursday.  The Church is located on highway
334/Main St.

Athens Food Pantry
at 715 E. Corsicana in Athens during the
hours of 9-noon Monday-Friday.
Vouchers for making appointments may be obtained at:

Family Resource Center
in Gun Barrel City in person during
the hours of 10-4 Monday through Friday, located just east of
the intersection of highways 198 and 334 just inside the
Tamarack subdivision