PPAWSS trying to put more pets in the doghouse

Group seeking donations of shelters for canines

From Staff Reports

Oct. 13, 2008 - PPAWSS is trying to get a jump start on winter, initiating a program which hopefully will help provide shelter for dogs during the cooler months.

Promoting Pet Adoptions and Welfare in Sulphur Springs, an all-volunteer group granted 501c3 non-profit status from the IRS this summer, is hoping to put people who have extra dog houses in contact with dog owners who aren't able to provide shelter for their canines.

They are accepting donations of dog houses, whether new or in good condition, as well as money to purchases structures. PPAWSS can receive a discounted rate at the local pet store, so the tax-deductible donations can go further than if the donor were to buy a dog house.

The dog houses will be given to families in Hopkins County who have outdoor canines but no shelter for the pooches so the animals won't be exposed to rain or inclement weather. People who have dogs that are chained up outside, but don't have a dog house nor means to acquire one would be eligible to receive one of the houses donated to PPAWSS. They will also be available on a limited bases for use at PPAWSS foster homes or for new adoptions on an as-needed basis, according to Kathy Ward with PPAWSS.

The cost to adopt from PPAWSS is between $30 to $65 for cats and $100 to $200 for dogs depending on age, weight, breed, and medical care given, and the organization's supporters say it can be a real bargain.

"PPAWSS considers adopting a pet a serious decision and wants people to be fully prepared to take on this financial and life-changing act," PPAWSS President and Co-founder Ashley Duke noted recently. "PPAWSS knows that people are willing to spend $200 or more on a dog at Canton that usually only comes with one set of shots. For $200, you can save a life of a dog or cat that was at a local euthanizing shelter and also receive a fully vetted pet."

She said one difference between PPAWSS and other shelters and rescue organizations in the area is the amount of veterinary care given to each animal.

"The state of Texas only requires the animals be sterilized and vaccinated for rabies. PPAWSS goes the extra mile in hopes of raising the standards of pet ownership," Duke said.

According to Duke, all animals are spayed/neutered, wormed, fully vaccinated (and not just rabies), given flea and tick prevention, are heartworm tested or FIV tested.

"After an examination, if the animal has any injuries or sicknesses, they receive medical treatment," Duke said.

To donate or request a doghouse or make a tax-deductible donation, call Kathy at 903-453-5223, or call 903-885-2350. For more information about PPAWSS and its adoptable pets, visit www.ppawss.com, call 903-885-2350 or send an e-mail to ppawss@hotmail.com. Check donations payable to PPAWSS may also be mailed to PPAWSS, P.O. Box 554, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483; if the donation is for a specific program, they ask that it be designated in correspondence.

OPTIONAL TRIM

Upcoming PPAWSS pet events to watch for include:

n/ Barktober Fest adoption event at L3 in Greenville from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18

n/ Howl-O-Ween Costume contest, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Dress up pets and enter them in the contest which begins at 4 p.m. A $3 fee per entry will be charged. Fun and freebies.

n/ November, supply drive

n/ Microchip Clinic, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15, at Petsense. Fee: $20 per pet. Microchip fee from PPAWSS increases to $25 in January. Contact PPAWSS if you have more than five dogs, over the age of 50 or are unable to attend due to medical reasons.

n/ Pictures with Santa, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13-14 at Petsense. Bring holiday hounds dressed in their Christmas best for pics with Santa and Santa PPAWSS. Pictures are $5 each.

n/ Adoption Event, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Petsense.

n/ December, contribute through PPAWSS Wish TRee

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