Success Stories: Leia, Mugsy, and Cinco!

TBAR-Adopted-Pets-Kittens-Dog-March-9Three of our animals were adopted this week. Mugsy went to his new forever home over the weekend. Princess Leia went to one of our shelter partners, Aggieland Humane Society, where she found her forever home and Cinco’s foster Mom decided she could not let him go and decided to adopt! We couldn’t be happier for them all! If you’d like to adopt a puppy, kitten, dog, cat or horse, check out our web site www.t-bar.org and then email help@t-bar.org or call 936-878-2349 to let us know!

Pets of the Week: Sir Henry and Sir Nicholas

TBAR-Adoptable-Cats-Sir-Henry-NicholasThis week we have two six month old kittens for pet of the week. Sir Henry and Sir Nicholas are two sweet, fun loving little boys. They are current on shots, neutered and ready to be adopted into a family of their own. If you’d like to adopt, email help@t-bar.org to find out more about our adoption process and check out our website to view some of the other cats, dogs and horses that are waiting for a home of their own too. www.t-bar.org

Pets of the Week: Luke and Leia (cats)

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Princess Leia is a beautiful orange and white little girl with a rambunctious personality, while her brother, Luke, is an adorable brown tabby boy who prefers to elicit pets from his foster parents and chase his sister around until itâs time for supper. Leia has a very soft coat and enjoys pets almost as much as she enjoys pouncing on her brother when he’s not looking.

Little Luke and Leia were both rescued during Patricia’s post-hurricane storms that hit Texas this past October when they were just a couple weeks old. They were found in a loading dock of a Church building in College Station, hiding in whatever they could find that provided shelter from the rain and winds of Patricia. Leia was soaking wet and freezing cold when she was caught by her now foster mom. She cried the entire way home and barely moved from her dryer-warmed blanket. Once she was dry and warm, her personality began to blossom and she realized how AMAZING pets feel! It didn’t take her long to feel at home. Luke on the other hand found his way to the feral cat shelter his now foster-mom set up to keep the babies, who were too smart to be trapped, warm and dry during the storms and flooding. Being the smart little boy he is, he was warm and dry in the shelter; however, it made it too easy for trapping. Soon enough, he was now in his new temporary home and reunited with his sister.

Though these sweet babies were born feral, they were trapped at such a young age that they got to learn the luxuriates of the spoiled, indoor life and quickly adjusted to their new human foster parents and the warm, dry home they never knew existed! Now these two are looking for a furever home that will continue to love and care for them as cherished family members so that they never have to feel as cold and miserable as they did when they were just weeks old.

For more information, please email help@t-bar.org or call (936)878-2349 and leave a voice mail. A TBAR volunteer will return your call at their earliest convenience. If you would like to adopt an animal, please download and submit via email or regular mail an adoption application (www.t-bar.org/about/forms) so that the foster home can arrange a meet and greet with your family.

TBT: Titan and Fire

TBAR-TBT-Cats-Rescue-Titan-FireOnce upon a time these babies were born to a feral momma & abandoned at 2 weeks old. They were crying & cold in tall grass. Found by a sweet young woman. That young woman reached out and found me. She struggled to keep their little flames of life burning. Their sister was lost so she fought to keep the boys alive. Now here they are 2 years old & spoiled boys! Fire was adopted by a sweet little family & Titan was a foster failure!

Help True Blue Animal Rescue with our TNR program.

Email if you know about any Feral cat colonies that would benefit from a trap, neuter, release program. help@t-bar.org

Event Recap: Community Workshop with Alley Cat Allies

TBAR-Alley-Cat-Allies-WorkshopTrue Blue Animal Rescue hosted a free seminar to educate the community about how to help cats while controlling the population on Sat June 27th.The group picture was taken at the end of the event to show unification of rescuers moving forward to humanely care for animals in our communities.

Representatives Liz Holtz and Hannah Shaw from Alley Cat Allies out of Maryland flew in to teach us what they know and help us begin a successful Trap, Neuter and Return program in our community. Alley Cat Allies brought facts from studies showing that programs such as these are the only way to control the cat population. Cats have been living in our communities for hundreds of years just as raccoons, squirrels, possums and skunks do. They do not damage, harm or attack humans and their property. As natural hunters Cats help control rodent and snake populations in rural communities. The population can get out of control but killing them or removing them does not solve the problem. When one leaves, another will come and take it’s place. They can be controlled through Trap, Neuter and Return programs. They will be vaccinated when they are fixed and ear tipped so you’ll know which cats are done. Once they are fixed and returned they are no longer breeding, fighting, multiplying and they are disease free and vaccinated. They will stay in their own colony and live peacefully among the other animals and humans. We ended the seminar with Amy reading Tiger’s story so we wouldn’t forget him and would carry on to help other cats in his memory.

This program will take manpower and money. True Blue Animal Rescue volunteers have begun the process for our community and we started a fund called Tiger’s fund so we can pay to spay, neuter and vaccinate all the cats we’ll be helping. If you’d like more information go towww.alleycat.org or www.t-bar.org If you’d like to help in Washington Co or your community email help@t-bar.org or call 936-878-2349 and we’ll tell you how!

Watch TNR video:

You can read Alley Cat Allies recap here

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How to Help Cats Presentation

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-Alley-Cat-Allies-SeminarIn Tiger’s Memory, Alley Cat Allies will be coming to Brenham and conducting an educational seminar with TBAR for the public. Learn about anti-cruelty laws and what you can do to get legislation to be more friendly and supportive of outdoor and feral cats!

Please share info about this event on social media and around town! We want as many people as possible (including legislators and law enforcement) to learn about how we can support outdoor cats and still have a healthy and happy community!

From the Alley Cat Allies Event Page:

Learn about anti-cruelty laws and how to do something good for cats in your community.

Join us for snacks, door prizes, and FREE cat food for the first 20 people to arrive!

Questions? Call 240-755-7045.

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A Cat Named Tiger

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Tiger is a cat who has left a legacy. He disappeared around April 16, and since then has made waves in the world, sparking a debate about the importance of feral and outdoor cats.

Not many know Tiger’s whole story though, and his good friend Amy has shared with us his biography. Amy was a pet sitter and caretaker for Tiger and his farm friends for over three years.

Tiger was abandoned at a farm home when he was just a kitten. The couple that lived there never turned down a “dumped” animal as they love all animals. They named him Tiger because he was a beautiful orange & white tabby.

Tiger stayed by the house until he was old enough to live at the barn and rid it of mice that would get into horse & cattle feed and tear up other various important wires. Before taking him to the barn, his owners made sure he was old enough and got him neutered, fully vetted, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

Tiger had a routine over the course of his 6 years at the farm. During the day and late night after dinner he would either be in the barn protecting the horses, who became his best friends, or he would spend time in the pastures with them – sitting right next to them while they grazed. In the evening before sunset he knew it was dinner time so he would come up to the house for his cat chow and wet food mix. He looked forward to this every evening and would talk to you about it. He would even show you where you were supposed to set it down for him to enjoy.

Over the course of 3 years of taking care of him (half of his life), I witnessed very interesting things with him. For example, he loved to ride on the Gator tractor with me to the barn and back to the house, he never left my side…no matter where I was on the property he was right there next to me as my protector, so in a sense I became part of the farm he watched over. On the property there were cattle, horses, dogs, goats, a kitten, jack rabbits, baby birds that had fallen out of nests, frogs hopping around, spiders building webs and he never once caused harm to anyone or anything. He had a pure heart of gold and is one of the best coolest cats I have done pet sitting for. He was in a class all his own.

Unfortunately the couple had to move away due to health reasons. They gave Tiger to the next door neighbor to keep him in familiar settings, plus the neighbors were given the horses that Tiger used to hang out with. It took some adjusting, but Tiger would spend the day at the old barn and would make the trek across the fields to get to the neighbors for his dinner. He would eat and then make the trek back to the old barn. This went on for a couple of months and it seemed to keep everyone, including Tiger, happy.

Then Tiger went missing. The first couple of nights of untouched food was dismissed as bad weather since it was almost nonstop rain and storms in the area. Then came the horrible night I saw the infamous posting of a vet holding up a cat at the end of an arrow…..the cat was identical to Tiger. I continued putting food out until the end of my time for pet sitting at his house, but he never showed up to eat. It has been almost 4 weeks, and although we all still have hope, he has never returned for his dinner and we all miss him dearly.

Amy and Tiger’s owners have set up a donation fund in Tiger’s memory with us at True Blue Animal Rescue. We are working with different groups, including Alley Cat Allies, and will be creating an educational and assistance program to help springboard a Trap-Neuter-Return program that will strive to inform Washington and Austin County residence about the options for stray, wandering, and feral area cats. This program is beginning this year in Tiger’s name, and will continue for years and generations so that Tiger’s legacy will live on to save the lives of other cats in the area and worldwide.

If you would like to donate in Tiger’s name, you can do so from our Paypal Donation link, or you can purchase a “I Am Tiger” shirt from Amy’s Booster fundraising page! Thank you for choosing TBAR to Remember Tiger!

People can also “like” Tiger’s memorial Facebook page.

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For example, we’ve already received this story from Melissa K:

11109191_10202851996459958_2194082487116646805_nThis cat has been around the house for about a 1.5 months and I have chased it off my patio because it was eating my cat’s food and has been squirting Dave’s shop, but after [Tiger’s Story] it made me change my attitude with this cat. I started going downstairs when I would hear it meow because he was hungry and I would feed it. Of course he didn’t want me to touch him or come near him, and after 7 times of feeding him he brushed up against my foot!! It took sometime but this is where we are at -YES we have bonded! Now I will get him fixed and try to find him a home because our cats would not like him because they are selfish!! So I took a bad story and changed my thoughts and made sometime positive for another CAT!!

And here is the picture of this very cat in his new home! Thank you Melissa, for making Tiger’s legacy mean something beautiful!

Neuter Discount: February 2015

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Do you or someone you know need to get a cat or dog neutered? Book your appointment a the Animal Friends of Washington County clinic and pay only $20 for the procedure in February! Call 979-277-0400 or visit AFVET.org to book early and take advantage of this great deal. Ensuring pets are fixed is the best way to decrease the number of unwanted pets that end up in shelters and euthanized daily. 

For the more expensive procedure of spaying female dogs or cats, TBAR can offer financial assistance. Contact help@t-bar.org or call 936-878-2349 for more information!