Lago Vista Pet Adoption and Welfare Service, Inc. Overview
Programs: Lifelong Friends (formerly Lago Vista PAWS) was founded in March 1997 and is governed by a board of directors. Our shelter is a member of PetFinder.com and Pets 911, which are online organizations that promote animals that are available for adoption. We have a variety of on-going committees. In addition, a separate committee is formed for each fund-raising event. Committees consist of volunteers from the board and the general membership. When grant funds are available, we have a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program for low-income pet owners in our target area, which spans from Cedar Park to Marble Falls (along FM 1431).Through our small shelter, thousands of animals have found loving, forever homes. Others have found permanent safe haven at our shelter. More dogs and cats come every day, many of them sick or injured. We are very different from most shelters, even those that call themselves ?no-kill.? Many of those facilities find ways around the no-kill philosophical mandate. To us, every life is a precious gift, and we do everything we can to save the animals that come to our facility.On January 27, 2001, Lago Vista PAWS was awarded a $10,000 grant by PetsMart Charities. From this grant, $5000 was for a low-cost spay/neuter program for pet owners in Lago Vista and surrounding communities. The other $5000 was for a microchip implant program, which allows us to microchip our shelter animals before they are adopted. On March 14, 2001, we were awarded an additional $1480.00 by the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) Employees? United Charities to support the low-cost spay/neuter program. This spring, the LCRA is awarding us an additional $1480 for our spay/neuter program.From March 2001 through August 2002, we worked with EmanciPet Mobile Clinic and Lago Vista Animal Clinic to provide low-cost spay/neuter services to the residents of Lago Vista and surrounding communities. As a result of our program, in slightly over one year, we had 409 animals sterilized, with pet owners from a total of 19 communities being served.In September 2002, we started participating in the Texas Animal Friendly Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program. A total of 870 cats and dogs were sterilized from September 2002 through August 2003, preventing the birth of countless unwanted puppies and kittens. In 2006-2007, the low-cost spay/neuter program continued to be very successful.
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