1823 CR 386, Tyler, TX 75708 (Map) | Mailing Address: PO Box 6151 Tyler, Texas 75711-6151 - Phone: 903-597-2471
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.