1823 CR 386, Tyler, TX 75708 (Map) | Mailing Address: PO Box 6151 Tyler, Texas 75711-6151 - Phone: 903-597-2471
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
About two years ago, Chris Ruben and his wife Angela realized an increase in the demand for animal shelter services.
“Especially since 2008 with the economy, donations are down, the demand for services because people are losing their homes are having to give up animals for economic reasons,” Ruben explained.
So, they created a business model similar to Google.
“When you get a desire to buy something, and you type on Google “weed eater” and it takes you to the first list of merchants, and then you pick Home Depot, and you buy that weed eater, Home Depot is paying Google a commission. This is the basic same principle, only we don’t keep the commission, we redirect it to the shelter of the user’s choice,” Ruben explained.
Customers can log onto AdoptAShelter.com. Then they pick an animal shelter, or add their favorite if they do not already see it on the list. Next, they can choose to shop from 400 retail merchants like Amazon, Walmart and iTunes.
Anything the customer purchases earns a donation for the animal charity of their choice without them having to pay a dime.
The SCPA of East Texas and Pets Fur People are just two of about 1,500 animal charities on the list.
“We just sit back and hope that people will shop and we receive a check every quarter,” said Gayle Helms, the Executive Director of Pets Fur People.
“We received about $700 through AdoptAShelter.com, and that was without a lot of publicity, so we are hoping that people can really understand and really grasp the concept and do their online shopping through AdoptAShelter.com,” she said.
This no-kill animal shelter reportedly houses about 75 dogs and 20 cats at any given time, so the cost can add up.
“Probably $150 per animal, just for the man hours and for the food and the vaccinations. Donations are critical and to be creative with a program like this, I mean this will possibly help us keep our doors open,” Helms explained.
That is exactly what the Rubens intend to do.
They said their profit does not come out of the commission from the customer’s purchase. They said each retail merchant gives them an additional percentage, which they use to run the business.
Click here to visit AdoptAShelter.com.
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Pets Fur People Pet Supply Shop
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.
Pets Fur People Partners with Meals on Wheels
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
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
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
Shop to Donate to Your Favorite Animal Charity
In these tough economic times more animals are being neglected, abandoned or surrendered to shelters. Extreme weather conditions in different areas of the United States have also contributed to the number of shelter animals. While demand for shelter and rescue services has increased, donations have not kept pace.
A group of animal lovers with pet industry experience have combined their talents to develop and offer a unique solution to the shelter-funding problem with a new website AdoptAShelter.com. Every time a purchase is made through AdoptAShelter.com, at any one of over 400 top-name online stores, 100% of the amount displayed is donated to the animal organization or shelter chosen by the shopper. They can buy just about anything online and earn a donation, all without logging in or remembering a password.
Chris Ruben, founder and CEO explains: “We wanted AdoptAShelter.com to be safe and easy to use, which is why we don’t require you to register or download / install anything. We do not collect any of your personal information in order for you to support your favorite animal charity. Nobody needs another username and password to keep up with. Simply visit AdoptAShelter.com and choose a location and a shelter. Click on the ‘Shop Now’ button and shop.”
Additionally, AdoptAShelter.com goes the extra mile and provides top-notch information from leading experts about animal health and behavior in order to facilitate more and improved adoptions. These resources are essential to helping these precious animals find their successful forever homes. AdoptAShelter.com offers shelters and humane organizations an ongoing revenue stream independent of direct donations and other fundraising programs. There are no costs or sales efforts involved.
“Just think of what we could accomplish,” says Ruben, “if every animal lover used AdoptAShelter.com every time they made an online purchase. Through this site, shelters and animal welfare organizations could meet the challenges of today and tomorrow …. Just Shop to Donate!”
Save a pet at our Shelter! Shop at the Petango Store for your pet medications and supplies. Visit http://bit.ly/aFlD4E and use coupon code “SPFB15″ to receive 15% off your entire order! At the checkout please choose our shelter from the drop down list, The Petango Store will donate back to our shelter with every order you make. Help save our pets today and buy from The Petango Store – http://bit.ly/aFlD4E!