1823 CR 386, Tyler, TX 75708 (Map) | Mailing Address: PO Box 6151 Tyler, Texas 75711-6151 - Phone: 903-597-2471
These pet supplies are donated to us and are sold very affordable. It’s a way for us to raise money for our animal sanctuary. Our selection varies every day. Sometimes we have dog beds, cat beds, litter boxes, shampoos, chew toys, leashes, dog coats and jackets, food and water bowls, pet taxis, wire crates and blankets for sale. Drop by and shop till you drop!
You are welcome to shop at our store Tuesday through Sunday 10 am until 5 pm – closed for lunch 1-2.
June 4, 2013 (TYLER, TX) – Two local organizations announced a new partnership that will bring pet food to the homes of homebound seniors and disabled individuals who face challenges in feeding their household pets. Pets Fur People (formerly the Humane Society of East Texas) and Meals on Wheels Ministry call the program “Meals Fur Pets,” and starting Monday, June 3, volunteers in Tyler will begin delivering pet food to current clients of Meals on Wheels Ministry. The pet food has been donated to Pets Fur People, which oversees the packaging of the dry food suitable for house-sized cats and dogs.
“Meals on Wheels organizations across the county have begun implementing similar programs in response to a need that is observed many times by our volunteers on the front lines,” said Mike Powell, President/CEO of Meals on Wheels Ministry. “In extreme circumstances, we have heard volunteers express concern that some of their clients may even be sharing their own meals with their pets. We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring this new service to our clients in need, especially knowing that for so many, a pet is a true companion to seniors living in isolation.”
The idea behind Meals Fur Pets was born during a conversation several years ago between then Humane Society volunteer Debbie Zea and Executive Director Gayle Helms. Today, Ms. Zea serves as Community Liaison for Meals on Wheels, and she recently began working out the details of the program with Ms. Helms.
“Pets Fur People is dedicated to ensuring the welfare of animals in East Texas, and this program enables us to address the needs of pets that might otherwise face instability and even find their way into our shelter without assistance,” said Ms. Helms, Executive Director of Pets Fur People. “I am thrilled to see our dream of partnership turn into reality, as we embark upon the first phase of this program in Tyler.”
For now, the program is limited to clients of Meals on Wheels who live in Tyler, but the organization hopes to eventually grow the program to address the needs of all clients across its six county service area.
Pets Fur People is a selective admission, life-sustaining animal sanctuary. Its mission is to provide a temporary haven for the animals in their care, until they find their forever families. Pets Fur People was originally established as The Humane Society of Smith County in 1963 by concerned citizens in Tyler. More information may be found at www.petsfurpeople.org.
Meals on Wheels Ministry currently serves over 3,000 seniors and homebound individuals in 30 communities across six counties including Gregg, Henderson, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties. Meals on Wheels Ministry is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing good nutritious meals, daily contacts, and other support services that enable senior citizens and disabled persons to remain independent and living in their own homes as long as possible. More information on client services, volunteer opportunities and much more may be found online at www.mealsonwheelseasttexas.org.
To donate dog and cat food deliver to our shelter. List of supplies we are always in need of:
DRY ADULT DOG FOOD
DRY PUPPY CHOW
MILK BONES (NO RAWHIDE)
DRY PURINA KITTEN & CAT CHOW
CLAY CAT LITTER
POWDER LAUNDRY DETERGENT
There is no question that some individuals and families across North Texas and the nation have had to ‘tighten their belts’ during rough economic times. Now one organization is focused on the pets belonging to those people.
The non-profit Pet Food Stamps program is looking to help provide food for the pets of low-income families. Organizers say often the only option for poor pet owners is to abandon their family pet to the ASPCA or a high-kill shelter. “We feel that should not happen and provide free pet food to prevent that decision [high-kill shelter] from happening,” Pet Food Stamps founder Marc Okon explained.
Given that pet owners need to vaccinate their animals and provide other sometimes costly care, petfoodstamps.org is meant to help pick up the slack and help those who are less economically fortunate.
Anyone receiving public assistance through the United States Food Stamp program is prohibited from using the funds to purchase pet food and supplies. “There is zero ability to use food stamp money in any state in the U.S. for any pet food whatsoever, even though you are able to use food stamps for unhealthy things like Coca-Cola (which gets about $4 billion a year from food stamps),” Okon said.
To keep Americans from having to choose between feeding their pets or themselves, dog and cat owners currently receiving public assistance can apply for help. A new, updated petfoodstamps.org website will be operational by the end of the month and Okon says anyone interested can, “Go to our website, petfoodstamps.org, fill out the application, and within six to eight weeks you get a call back. [You] verify that you are receiving public assistance, by getting an award letter of benefits from the state agency providing the benefits.”
Applicants will also need to provide a photocopy of their state identification and the address on the ID must match the address on the public assistance award letter. “Once all that is verified you then get enrolled to get six months of free home delivery of pet food from petflow.com,” Okon said. “And in six months time if you still need the service you’re able to reapply without a wait for another six months.
According to petfoodstamps.org, there are some 50 million Americans, who currently receive Food Stamps and each year seven million pets are surrendered to shelters because of inability to provide care.
Petfoodstamps.org primarily provides food assistance for dogs and cats, but occasionally supplies bird food as well. The website is also developing a pet and pet owner social network.
When you step out of your car before you even walk through the doors of Pets Fur People in Tyler, Texas, you immediately feel things are different at this animal shelter. There is an overwhelming sense that this place is much more than an animal shelter – it’s more like an orphanage. “Everything we do is for the animals”, said Gayle Helms, Executive Director for Pets Fur People – “they come first – our work is a labor of love – it’s a passion we all share.” The property is landscaped to perfection with lots of colorful and fragrant flowers and plants thanks to dedicated volunteers. The atmosphere and staff are friendly, helpful, happy and loving. It wasn’t always this way says Ms. Helms.
In the early 1960s local residents discovered the horrendous and unacceptable conditions at the city run animal impound facility and began plans to form the Humane Society of Smith County. The doors to the Humane Society’s animal shelter opened in 1968. This small animal shelter was the only facility in a 1,000 square mile radius where animals seized by animal control agencies brought those animals. It also was the only animal shelter open to the public where stray, sick, and unwanted animals could be brought.
In 2008 this non profit animal shelter changed its name to the Humane Society of East Texas with plans to become a no kill animal sanctuary. The Humane Society reached its goal of becoming a selective admission, no kill animal sanctuary January 1, 2010. Until then, the Humane Society had received over 376,000 animals at their animal shelter. 69,000 of those animals were placed in new homes. City and County government paid the Humane Society a fee for housing, adopting and humanely euthanizing animals during their association. This moral decision to no longer euthanize animals cost them approximately $200,000 a year in lost revenue from those contracts.
Their goal now is to save lives not take lives and find quality homes for adoptable dogs and cats. Not only is the Humane Society of East Texas helping animals in their community, they are also positively impacting the lives of the new pet owners who have adopted animals from them. The Humane Society of East Texas averages 70 dogs and 25 cats at any given time at their animal sanctuary and they boast of adopting 90 dogs and cats each month. All dogs and cats, age permitting, are spayed or neutered before they go home to their new family. Their adoption fees; $130 for dogs and $115 for cats, includes all vaccinations, micro-chipping for identification purposes and when adopted, the new pet will receive a free gift of 30 days of pet health insurance.
Renovations are now underway on an existing kennel at Pets Fur People that will be transformed into living quarters to 14 large breed dogs. The kennel will be specially designed for the needs of large dogs including rubber flooring mats to eliminate soreness and stress on their feet and legs. Large breed dogs usually have longer stays at Pets Fur People – thus the need for extra care for those big guys and girls during their stay. Additionally plans are underway for a new dog park open to the public, exercise yards for the shelter dogs and a new memorial garden.
Adoption hours are Tuesday through Sunday 10 am until 5 pm – closed each day
1-2 pm for lunch. Visit Pets Fur People online at www.petsfurpeople.org or contact them at 903 597-2471.
It’s here! The Fall 2012 Paws and Claws Newsletter is hot off the presses and packed with new and exciting things going on at the Humane Society of East Texas! Come on by our website and get signed up to receive the newsletter automatically through your e-mail – or you can download the newsletter from the site. Fall 2012 Paws and Claws Newsletter
Pets Fur People has begun a partnership with participating East Texas veterinarians including Bullard Veterinary Medical Center 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 Pets Fur People in Tyler and is open to the public each Wednesday. For additional information and to make an appointment, call
In the U.S. there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. About half of these animals are adopted, and tragically, the other half is humanely euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets that would have made great companions. These are not the offspring of homeless “street” animals—these are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds. Millions of pet deaths each year are a needless tragedy. Spaying and neutering is an important part of the solution. Through spaying and neutering your pets, you can help your dog or cat live a happier, healthier, longer life.
All of us are affected by animal overpopulation. Millions of tax dollars are spent annually to shelter and care for stray, abandoned and unwanted pets. Much of that money is spent to euthanize these animals when homes cannot be found. Human health is threatened by the danger of transmittable diseases (including rabies), animal bites and attacks. Property may be damaged and livestock killed when pets roam in search of food. Animal waste is proving to be a serious environment hazard, fouling yards and parks. It is only when all of us assume the responsibility for pet overpopulation that we will see any decrease in the problem.
The Humane Society of East Texas (now Pets Fur People) became a no kill animal sanctuary in January 2010 following 40 years of animal control contracts that required the humane euthanasia of thousands of animals due to illness, lack of space, and temperament. The Humane Society took a bold step and did not renew contracts with city and county animal control to the tune of $200,000 in lost revenue each year. The decision we made was a moral decision to no longer humanely euthanize adoptable animals because of space. We now are the premier no kill shelter in all of East Texas focused on saving lives, not taking lives. We strongly support efforts to construct a community animal shelter in Smith County to service the thousands of dogs that we are unable to accept.
We felt the next move was to offer spay and neuter services to members of the general public who request lower costs for spay and neuter procedures. We feel these services are vital to support our mission to reduce the pet overpopulation in our community. This partnership with participating veterinarians including Bullard Veterinary Medical Center will not only advocate spaying and neutering animals but will also strongly encourage pet owners to be responsible and comply with proper immunization laws and regular yearly vet visits to insure their animals stay healthy just like other members of their family.
“We have always been concerned about animals once they leave our facility” says Gayle Helms, Executive Director of Pets Fur People. “One of our goals is to educate and stress to pet owners the importance of establishing a relationship with a local veterinarian for continual medical health care for that animal.” Veterinarians are the licensed animal health care professionals in our community and a partnership with the veterinary community is one we hope to cultivate and partner with to insure the continued health of family pets.
Please visit our new Special Needs section – it’s purpose is to feature pets who in spite of their handicap survived and are enjoying their life (with some help). Some of the residents here at Pets Fur People are very special and unique individuals that may have experienced some difficult times in their lives, and their path to the Pets Fur People may not have been an easy one. They would make wonderful pets but are often lost among the many adoptable healthy ones and need a little more exposure and attention to find their matching owners. Please do visit and see if your new forever friend is waiting there for you.
Buy a Cookbook & Support Pets Fur People – $10.00
We are proud to offer you the chance to order this wonderful cookbook! This cookbook is beautifully made in a hard-covered, 3-ring binder. The cost for this wonderful cookbook is only $10!!! Shipping is only $5.00! Or check below for local sales locations.
The recipes are specially compiled by friends of the Pet Fur People. There is a special section that features a dedication to Miranda Lambert, 2008 CMA Female Vocalist nominee, and her Shelter pup, Delilah. The cookbook also contains several recipes contributed by the Lambert family.
There is a separate section in this cookbook containing recipes to make special treats for your dog or cat. Yummy!
All proceeds will go to the Pet Fur People.
The following places of businesses now have the Pet Fur People’s “Doggone Good Recipes” Cookbook on sale for $10!!
*The Pet Fur People, Call 903-597-2471 Tue-Sat and place your order!
Alternatively you can send a check or money order (made out to Pets Fur People) for $15 per book and send it to Pets Fur People Cookbook Offer, 1823 CR 386, Tyler, TX 75708 – be sure to include your shipping address and quantity of books wanted. Any other questions please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you!
*USA Shipping, 2702 East 5th Street, Tyler
*College Books 1232 E. 5th Street, Tyler
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