GRAND RE–OPENING CELEBRATION

Saturday, January 13th a special re–opening celebration and open house will be held from 10am – 1pm. Join us at the Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption Center, 4630 FM 1069, Aransas Pass, TX. We hope to see past and new visitors, all the many adopters, all our dedicated volunteers and the many community supporters who helped make our dream a reality.

WISHLIST

  • Purina Dry Food for Cats and Dogs
  • Kitten and Cat Milk
  • Cat Nip
  • Leashes and Collars
  • Dog/Cat Shampoo
  • Dish/Laundry Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Clorox Bleach
  • 2 – 5 Gallon Bucket
  • Pet Spot/Odor Remover
  • Scoopable Cat Litter
  • Scratching Posts

 

HURRICANE HARVEY UPDATE

Progress continues every day inside and outside. Most days there is someone at the Center answering phones and preparing for Opening Day. The date has not been determined, however, we are planning a celebration! Hurricane Harvey arrived one year to the day of our August 2016 ribbon cutting.

This site will be updated as more information comes available. Please check back often.

Completed Repairs

  • Four acres has been cleared of uprooted trees, broken limbs, neighborhood debris, tall grass
  • Fence line cleared of fallen trees and fence has been repaired, front gate repaired so four acres are secure
  • Telephone and internet service have been restored
  • AC and heating system is working
  • Plumbing system working

Needed Repairs

  • Roof of main building requires repair
  • Roof of “catios” outside cat enclosure needs replacement
  • Dog kennels are being repaired and moved back into place
  • Mister over dog kennels needs repair

HURRICANE HARVEY AFTERMATH

As of October 1st there is still no phone or internet, however, there are volunteers monitoring this website, Facebook and GMail. Please be patient as we go forward.

HOW TO HELP US REBUILD

We need financial support more now than ever, just as many of our citizens of the Coastal Bend do. Bless our volunteers, our members, and our director Dona Farrar, as we rebuild and move forward. Donations may be made electronically via PayPal or by mailing contributions to SPCA San Pat County. The link to PayPal and our mailing address are listed below. If making a donation by check, please make it payable to SPCA San Pat County. Thank you in advance for your kind contributions. Words can not express our appreciation for your help.

PayPal Donations

Address For Donations Made By Check

SPCA San Pat County
P.O. Box 1693
Aransas Pass, TX 78335

SYMBOLIC RIBBON CUTTING

Please join us for a Symbolic Ribbon Cutting on May 19, 2017 at the Sinton Chamber of Commerce from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Sinton Chamber of Commerce is located at 218 West Sinton Street, Sinton, Texas 78378.

  • Meet some of our dedicated members and volunteers
  • Get information about the “Lets Fix it Coastal Bend” grant which allows you to spay or neuter your pets for free
  • Check out our new T–Shirts and Hoodies
  • Refreshments and information provided

PUPPY RESCUE IN INGLESIDE

This is what we do for mommas and babies in need! For about a month Kristine has been feeding momma knowing there were babies hidden somewhere. Momma had been crossing a very dangerous intersection in Ingleside. Well, today she found one baby. They had been living under a church. That’s when the members of the center came together. We rescued momma and her five babies!!!!


Here are some pictures of our rescued church momma and her pups. I’ve gotta say that they are a blessing. She took great care of her babies, now they are safe and sound at the SPCA.

LETTERS FROM KATHY & OTHER GUEST WRITERS

VOLUNTEERS … IT’S TIME!! WE NEED YOU!!

Finally!! The Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption Center opened last summer!  How long have we all waited??  Well, in the beginning …  I lived in San Diego, CA and would come out to Ingleside to visit my dad twice a year since he moved here in 1995.  I remember the first time I drove past the “volunteers needed” sign in front of the center’s land about 10 years ago and I told my dad I was going to move out here to Texas after I retired and I wanted to get involved in the animal center.  He was delighted of course! I retired in 2009 from the City of San Diego and did just that!  I moved out here in 2010 and was anxiously waiting for it to open.

I watched them build the building and clear the land. I couldn’t wait until it opened!! The center is finally here!!!!!

I became a member in 2015. I love coming to the center and spending time with the animals (and my fellow volunteers). I feed dogs and cats, I clean litter boxes, I pick up dog poop, I walk dogs, I hold puppies and kittens, I take animals back and forth to Dr. Floerke’s office, I get involved in fund raising.  AND … I get to love each and every animal that comes to us. Plus, one more good thing, I have made good friends here!

My volunteer coworkers tease me because sometimes I cry when someone drops off an animal and I cry when one is adopted.  Mostly happy tears when we find an animal a home, some sad tears when I hear the stories of why some people “surrender” their pets to us to find a home for them. I tell you though, it’s worth every tear!

So, you folks out there that love animals and need a purpose in life or just need something to do.  Please come and help us at the animal center.  We need people twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon to clean, feed and walk the dogs.  You can come once a week or you can come as many times as you want. Trust me, it is the most rewarding job you will ever have. We are also open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2pm to the public.  Please come down and visit, get to know us, and spend a little time with the animals! Our next fundraiser is a Golf Tournament on April 24th and if you want to get involved, let us know!!

A DOG’S LAST WILL & TESTAMENT

Before humans die, they write their last will & testament; give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask … To a poor and lonely Stray I’d give my happy home, my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys, the lap which I loved so much and the hand that stroked my fur and the sweet voice that spoke my name. I’d will to the sad, scared shelter dog, the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.  So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain are more than I can stand.”  Instead, go find an unloved dog, one who’s life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him. This is the only thing that I can give …. The love I left behind!

– Kristone


FIRST TIME PET OWNERS: HOW TO BE A GREAT PET PARENT

Preamble

Opening your home and your heart to a new pet is a big step. Being a great pet owner isn’t always easy but it’s worth it. There are many responsibilities to take on and new commitments to make.

Adopting a Pet-Friendly Lifestyle

When your pet moved in with you, his old world disappeared and he has had to adjust to new smells, new sights, and a new home. Make the transition easier by establishing a routine and being attentive.  Pay attention to how well your pet is adapting to his new surroundings. Are there any issues within the home or yard that need to be fixed? Keeping your home safe for your pet will help them and you feel more comfortable. Make time in your day to bond and spend quality time with your pet. They will commit their loyalty to you if you play with them or take them outside everyday. It is good for them to be accustomed to you leaving for certain periods of time, but be sure to have things set up in your home to entertain them while you are out to prevent them from getting bored and destructive.

Take Care of Your Pet’s Health

Your pet is now part of your family and will need your help to stay healthy or to take care of health issues when they arise.  Schedule yearly veterinarian visits and keep all of your pet’s vaccinations up to date. Preventative care can help your pet live a healthy life.

Elderly pets may have special needs due to arthritis, weakness, or other health problems. It may become more difficult for an elderly pet to climb stairs, so you could use a ramp or make a comfortable place for them downstairs.  Your pet’s eyesight could start to deteriorate and you may have to adjust some of their activities to make it easier on them. Making small adjustments to your home can improve your pet’s quality of life and keep them happy in their elderly years.

Don’t forget to pet-proof your kitchen along with the rest of the house. There are certain types of people food that could be harmful to pets. Put child locks on your cabinets to prevent pets from getting into food or cleaning supplies. Keep all poisons and chemicals locked up out of reach as well.

Be Patient

Things won’t always go as planned, but patience goes a long way.  When your pet does something crazy, try to stay calm. They will respond and learn from reassurance and consistency more than they will from anger and frustration. Take a moment to assess the situation to check if their might be something you can do to curb that behavior in the future. Are they getting enough exercise? Did they get into something that could have been kept out of reach? Many times there things we can do to help them not get into trouble.

Over time your pet will learn to love and trust you. Caring for a pet and making it part of your family will enhance your life as much as theirs and you will have made a long-lasting friend.

– Jessica Brody (via email)

BUILDING UPDATES

PHOTO GALLERY: SPCA SAN PAT COUNTY BUILDING AS IT PROGRESSED

Land Purchased 2010
Building Ordered 2014
Construction 2014
Progress 2014
Construction 2016
SSBAAC
Ribbon Cutting 2016
Group Photo 2017
Memorial Bricks
Statues in the Garden
Christmas 2016
Video: A Peek Inside

SANDRA SUE BENSON ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER

Open House Was Held On 8.27.2016

The SPCA San Pat County animal shelter building which we named the Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption Center is now open for business. We have several adorable kittens, cats and dogs ready for adoption. Come see our pets between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. We are located at 4630 FM 1069 in Aransas Pass, Texas which is about a half mile past Walmart on the same side of the street.
|  Ph: 361-332-1445  |  Map

BUILDING UPDATES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

  1. November 2010: Land is Purchased … On to the Building! It is located on HWY 1069 just past Walmart and Lowes.
  2. November 2011: The building and the utilities complete will be approximately $250,000 total.
  3. February 2013:Our building fund is now at $122,881.
  4. February 2014: We have just received a $50,000 grant from the Ed Rachal Foundation to start our building. This puts our total fund for the building at $200,654.20.
  5. June 2014: We have just received a donation for $100,000.00 from Arthur Benson.The building plans are being drawn. .Building fund is now $300,000 plus.
  6. November 2014: The building has been ordered. The plans areapproved and staking out for the cement and plumbing stubs will start any day.
  7. December 2014:. The fill dirt for the building is in place and packed down.
  8. March 2015: Construction has begun on the building site. Dirt has been hauled in, leveled, and the plumbing stubbed in. The cement has been poured for the floor. As of March 27, the building is starting to go up. The workers are putting the steel columns together.
  9. May 2015: The outside of the building is now up.
  10. December 2015: The inside of the building is almost completed. We need furnishings. The fill dirt needs to be leveled and probably more dirt brought in. The forms for the dog runs (at the rear of the building) are ready for the concrete. The septic system is complete. We need to get the water connected to the water line in front. And we need to add our name to the building, SANDRA SUE BENSON ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER, SPCA San Pat County.
  11. January 2016: Inside of building is coming along nicely. We have front desks, washer, dryer, refrigerator, and small dog and cat cages. The cat rooms are looking nice with trees painted on the walls with cat perches on the trees. Cat furniture is being built and beds and litter boxes have been installed. Now on to the dog rooms.
  12. The shelter is close to being open. The main thing we need now is a fence around the center and front part of the ground. This is for the safety of the animals and of the humans who care for them.
  13. Our fence has been ordered and will be installed as soon as the ground gets dry enough to allow trucks in to add more fill dirt around the building. Then comes the fence. And then we will be ready to open. In the meantime detail work is being done on the smaller things. Staining and finishing of the railing and front flower gardens has been completed. Dona Farrar is our new shelter director and she is getting everything all fancied up for the grand opening that will be coming SOON.
  14. Our complete 4 acres has been cleared and all the trash hauled off. The land looks good. Lots of good things will happen here in the future. The fence is about 2/3 completed with the outside fence still to come. Time frame is 10 to 14 days if no problems. We have the signs on the building now. Grand opening is now being planned for the end of August. We will be sure to publish the information when it is for sure.
  15. Open house was held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It was a lovely event!

FERAL HOPE FOR SAN PAT CATS FERAL COLONY PROGRAM

PETCO and the SPCA San Pat County Board have partnered to operate the Feral Hope for San Pat Cats Program for feral colonies in San Patricio County, Texas. Feral Cats from existing colonies, wild roamers or cluster kitties are eligible for our “Spay, Neuter & Return” program which operates until funds are expended. PETCO funds this program to humanely help reduce the feral cat population. Since 2009 our PETCO grant has successfully neutered over 800 cats. SPCA rescues existing felines from over–breeding and from the terror of being pursued and exterminated. In addition to neutering, the PETCO grant includes rabies shot and ear–tipping. The positive implications of the no–growth policy include …

  • Calmer cats
  • Less fighting
  • Fewer chases
  • Less sickness and dying

The SPCA of San Pat County rehabilitates these animals in that they become less threatening to humans around their habitat and therefore, are less threatened themselves. This de–escalation of years of repetitive negative behavior is a win/win situation for all involved.

The SPCA of San Pat County rejoices with PETCO in our successful completion of this extremely successful and humane program for animal protection and for education within the community.