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Summer Heat Can Kill
WARNING! Even though the temperature
outside may only be moderately warm, studies conducted with parked cars have
shown that temperatures inside cars, even with the windows left open, rise
faster than many people might expect. read rest of story
JD & Jean Landis spent their Saturday hauling donated dog & cat food from the metro-plex to the PAC. Thanks Jean & JD--it was 104 degrees in the shade!!! The food comes from another non-profit (Food Bank) that collects donated food from manufacturers. So many organizations exists (recall the organization that collected used towels from hospitals) that help with the common cause of helping animal shelters. These contacts were made by Barb Diltz & Cathy Boothman when they attended the animal welfare conference. Thanks everyone for being involved!!!
We can try to avoid making choices, but doing nothing is still making a decision.
A decision to ignore the pet overpopulation crisis that plagues our county with
the inherent health and safety risks to our citizens is a choice that has been made.
Many citizens in our county suffer the consequences of many, but not all, elected
officials’ “do nothing” decision. Feral packs of dogs roam some areas of the county
and some parents fear allowing their children to play in the neighborhood or refrain
from walking through the neighborhood themselves. In these areas, they certainly
think twice before walking their own dog out of fear of attack. Yes, areas like
this exist in our county. Criminal abuse of animals is an increasing occurrence
as is illegal “dumping” of domestic pets. (read more)
Dear Animal Welfare Partner,
Are you passionate about your adopted pet(s)? Here's your chance to share your story with the world while helping raise awareness (and potentially a donation!) for your group.
If you enter the High-Five for My Pet Adoption Video Contest,
you could win some great prizes:
It takes just a few short minutes to enter: so just grab your furry friend, and follow these quick steps before the July 16 submission deadline:
1. Visit the PetSmart Charities website today.
2. Record a 30-second video right on our website using your computer's webcam (no software or video editing skills required!), or upload your own video from your camera.
3. Fill out your contact information so we know how to tell you if
you've won, click submit and you're done! We can't wait to meet your pets and
hear your story!
Hill County Pals and our friends at PetSmart Charities
Here is an update on our latest "wish" list for the PAC. Most of the items are needed for our on-going PAC operations. Our "miscellaneous" column covers a couple of "dream" items.
The Donate-a-Bed Program was created by the pet lovers at Kuranda as a means to
help provide comfort to shelter and rescue dogs and cats. The program enables
you to easily send beds and/or cozy fleece pads directly to your favorite shelter and/or rescue organization at discounted prices.
To donate a bed to Hill County Paw Pals, just click here.
To learn more about the Kuranda Donate-a-Bed program, please visit their website at www.kuranda.com.
Autumn is a beautiful time of year that marks the transition from summer into winter.
As the season associated with the primary harvest, celebrations abound this time
of year. One autumn celebration particularly important to many Christians is the
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. To coincide with the feast,
it has become custom to honor St. Francis and to celebrate the lives of our animal
friends in a ritual known as the “Blessing of the Animals”. It is not uncommon to
see a procession of dogs, cats, hamsters, snakes, birds, turtles, iguanas, fish,
guinea pigs, ferrets, hedge hogs, geckos, gerbils and more at the event. Each animal
is blessed for a long life, good health and a happy home. Saint Francis of Assisi
(1181-1226) was an Italian Catholic friar who founded the Franciscan Order. He taught
that the world was created good and beautiful by God, but that it suffers a need
for redemption because of the primordial sin of man. He taught that it was man’s
duty to protect and respect nature. Legend has it that on his deathbed, St. Francis
thanked his donkey for carrying him throughout his life, and the donkey wept.
Paw Pals is pleased to announce that Reverend Mo Lewis from St. Mary’s National
Episcopal Church in Hillsboro will visit our Pet Adoption Center (PAC) to bless
all sheltered animals at 1:00pm Sunday, October 2. Reverend Lewis invites the public
to bring their pets to join this annual blessing. The PAC is located at 1500 South
Abbott Avenue (SH-81) just next door to Texas Highway Department Maintenance Facility
or north of Hillsboro High School. Come join us for this wonderful event. For more
information about Paw Pals, please visit www.hcpawpals.org.
Jocelyn Kolar recently celebrated her 6th birthday with the theme of charity.
Andrew Carnegie spent the first half of his life making a fortune and the second
half giving it away. He set up libraries across the country and benefited numerous
But Jocelyn decided not to wait to become a Carnegie, a Ford, or a Rockefeller,
to become a philanthropist. For her birthday, Jocelyn and her friends celebrated
at Flips Gymnastics in Waco and she asked that all gifts be directed to the animals
being cared for by Hill County Paw Pals. Some of the gifts included dog food,
leashes, collars, bowls, toys, and money.
Jocelyn is the daughter of Jennifer and Jeremy Kolar of Abbott and she attends Abbott
In a few short weeks, Hill County
Paw Pals expects to open our Pet Adoption Center.
This structure has been built by the faith and support of the Hill County
community. It has been built by the
firm conviction of citizens that something must be done to remedy the horrific consequences
of pet overpopulation.
Paw Pals has kept an enthusiastic
focus on the stated and achievable goals since our inception because we firmly believe
that pet overpopulation must be corrected to make our community safer for you and
Hill County Paw Pals, a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation, is a grassroots
group that organized with two stated goals; 1) Facilitate installation of a county
animal control program and promote and contribute to building a county animal shelter;
and 2) Organize to challenge the overpopulation of unwanted companion animals (dog
and cats) with four programs working simultaneously–Education, Legislation, Spay/Neuter,
and Adoption (Project ELSA).
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Pictured are Barbara Diltz and Cheryl Greene (not pictured is David Diltz who took
the photograph) of Hill County Paw Pals being presented a $475.20 check from David
Bowman, owner of The Original Hillsboro Antique Mall, 114 South Waco Street. Mr.
Bowman recently sold a furniture piece donated by Paul Harvey and waived all consignment
fees to benefit the overall goals of Paw Pals to correct pet overpopulation. The
volunteers of Paw Pals are very appreciative to Mr. Bowman for his civic contribution
in helping our community become a better and safer place to live.
For more information about Paw Pals, please call (254) 580-0679 or email email@example.com.
County Farm Bureau members recently provided Hill County Paw Pals with a most generous
gift of $250. The confidence the FB members have in our volunteer citizens’ organization
is represented with this gift and is very much appreciated. The money will work
directly to support our attainable goals of correcting pet overpopulation. Pictured
are Blair Russell, Loraine Easterling (Paw Pals Director), Milton Peterson, Danny
Schulz and Marvin Schulz.
“We are each of us angels with only one wing and we can only fly embracing each
other”-Luciano de Crescenzo".
This quote from an early 20th century Italian still rings true today
as we build communities that are humane and strong.
Hill County Paw Pals again this Christmas season acknowledges all the angels
that have given of their time, donations, and support in ways too numerous to mention. This year we are busy in preparation
to open our Pet Adoption Center. This
could never have been accomplished without the unwavering support of our citizens. Without the generosity of so many, we
would still be trying to fly with only one wing.
However, the work is far from done.
We still lack a county wide animal control program.
Without the County Commissioners Court's support for such a program,
our Pet Adoption Center will not be able to support the needs of the multitude of
neglected and abandoned animals in this community.
Dogs and cats will continue to be abandoned in the towns and rural areas
and ignorance regarding care of our companion animals will reign.
Paw Pals wishes everyone a joyous Christmas Season.
During the coming year, we hope you will embrace the efforts of Hill County
Paw Pals to bring an end to the horrific outcomes resulting from pet overpopulation. This year, if we can truly embrace our
goals and work together, we can fly together into a place where our communities
are stronger, our children safer, and our companion animals are healthier and happier.
To become part of Hill County Paw Pals, please call (254) 580-0679 for more information.
Hill County Paw Pals was recently presented a $125 check from Black-eyed Pea Restaurant
of Hillsboro in support of their attainable goals of correcting pet overpopulation.
A raffle for free lunches was administered to raise the funds. Pictured are Debra
Woodman, General Manger, and Fatima Creamer, Assistant General Manager, presenting
the gift to Mike Hendricks of Paw Pals. For more information about Paw Pals’ goals,
please visit www.hcpawpals.org. “We remain most grateful to the employees of Black-eyed
Pea for supporting our mission to make our community a better and safer place to
live,” says Hendricks.
Pictured are Susie Davis, Walmart Office Associate presenting a Walmart Foundation
grant award of $1,000 as a local community contribution to Loraine Easterling, Hill
County Paw Pals director, to support their mission towards animal welfare. The purpose
of Walmart Foundation grants is to meet unmet needs of underserved populations and
support organizations that reach to make their communities a better place to live.
Wal-Mart involves their associates in determining how Walmart Foundation dollars
are used to support causes that important to them. “Walmart has been a continued
supporter of Paw Pals’ mission to facilitate a proactive animal control program
that includes an animal shelter for its support and our community is most appreciative,”
says Easterling. For more information about Paw Pals, please visit www.hcpawpals.org
or call (254) 580-0679.
The Paw Pals 2011 Calendar is available and can be ordered online via a transaction
with our partner PayPal. Order and payment through PayPal is easy and quick even
if you don't have a PayPal account. Complete instructions are provided on the "Order
Calendar" link below.
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If you do not wish to order online, you may purchase the Hill County Paws Pals 2011
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On Saturday, September 25, two of Hill County’s finest community oriented organizations,
Hill County Paw Pals and Hillsboro Police Department Community Outreach Programs,
have joined together to launch their third annual “Waggin’ Trail Bike Ride” (waggintrailbikeride.com).
Five routes are planned to meet the needs of avid cyclists to the casual rider which
include 66, 54, 40, 26, and 10 mile routes. Registration ($15-$30) begins at 7:30pm
with the help of Hillsboro Lions Club and Hill County Boys and Girls Club. Staggered
starts will begin at 9:00am at 126 West Elm Street (Antique Village) in Hillsboro,
Texas. This cycling event is in conjunction with Go Texan Cotton Pickin’ Fair and
Roadside America Elm Street Rod Run (car show) for a full day fun!
Required operating expense for this event were needed for printed t-shirts, food
and drinks, advertisement, printing, and rest area portable lavatories. These expenses
were covered with valued sponsorships from our generous community’s businesses.
Our platinum group of supporters (in alphabetical order) that provided $250 or equivalent
support include: Antique Village, Citizens National Bank, Christi Pevehouse’s T-Shirts,
Expressions Photography, HILCO Electric Cooperative, Hill Regional Hospital, Hillsboro
Lions Club, Hog Wild Graphics, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Road ID, and Walmart. Our
gold sponsors that provided $100 or equivalent support include: Ace Hardware & Fleming
Lumber Company, Amanda L. Scarborough, DDS-Hill County Dental, Brookshire’s, Cain
Amusements, Days Inn, D. L. Williams Wood Products, First National Bank of Central
Texas, H-E-B, Hill County Dental, Hill County Insurance Agency, Hometown Pride Car
Care & Storage, Jim Hart’s Printing, Julie Siddons Realty, Marshall & Marshall Funeral
Home, R & R Health & Fitness Center, Sims Moore Hill Gannon & Crain, Thunderbird
Motel, Tipton International, Tucker Lumber Company, and White Bluffers Motorcycle
Club. Our silver group of supports that provided $50 or equivalent support include:
Citizens State Bank, Dwight Carmichael Law Office, Hill County Title Company, Kaddatz
Auctioneering & Farm Equipment Sales, Patillo Brown & Hill, Paula Beers Texas Farm
Bureau Insurance, Polansky’s Body Shop, Town Hall Estates-Hillsboro, and Triple
H Feed Store. Area newspapers that continue their support are: Hubbard City News,
Reporter Newspaper, Paw Print Press, and Whitney Lakelander. Our community also
remains grateful to Hill County law enforcement officials and area volunteer fire
departments for their support service in making this event safe and enjoyable.
This year’s event planning committee (in alphabetical order) are: Detective Israel
Abrego (HPD), Chief Tony Cain (HPD), Vivian Caldwell (HCBGC), Lana Crow (HCPP),
Barbara Diltz (HCPP), Dana Fuchs (HCPP), Mike Hendricks (HCPP),Carol Knight (HCPP),
John Knight (HCPP), Warren Smith (HCPP), and Greg Solomon (HCC).
For further information about the Waggin Trail Bike Ride or to sign-up online for
the ride, please go to Waggin Trail Bike
The flyer says it all. Help support Paw Pals by showing off your pets in the Paw
Pals 2011 Pet Calendar.
Amanda, at Expressions Photography, did a wonderful job last year for our inaugral
2010 calendar and we're sure this year the calendar will be just spectacular.
The calendar pages (months) are going fast, so act soon.
If you would like to download a flyer, print it off, and display it around town,
just click the "Get Flyer" button.
We have facebook "Like" button and a link directly to the Hill County Paw Pals Facebook
page at the bottom of the Navigation panel on the left, so please visit the Hill
County Paw Pals facebook page and recommend it to your friends.
During the month of July, Wilkerson Feed and Seed will donate $1.00 to Hill County
Paw Pals for every bay of dog food you purchase from them.
You can help support this issue by buying your pet food from Wilkerson during the
month of July. You can also help by downloading the flyer and displaying it at area
To download the flyer click the "download Flyer" button
Construction of "your" animal shelter will begin soon at 1500 South Abbott Ave.,
To make ordering your engraved brick easy and convenient there is an online order
form. Once you complete your "Brick Engraving" you can review your engraved brick
(see a sample engraved brick below) as well as pay for it in one of several ways:
via a debit or credit card through an online transaction with PayPal or with a personal
Either way it is quickly and easily done online. To access the Buy-A-Brick online
form, click here.
Please mark your calendar for Saturday, May 1st. Outlets at Hillsboro teams with
Tractor Supply Co. to sponsor the 3rd Annual Chihuahua Dog Races and Pet Fashion
Show. Click here to view and/or print a flyer
for the event. Help us spread the word by printing some flyers and distributing
them wherever you can.
This Event is Saturday, May 1st from 12pm-4pm. Online registration is opened for
the first 150 Chihuahua's at www.outletsathillsboro.com.
The $10.00 entry fee benefits Hill County Paw Pals! The Fashion show starts 12pm
and races start at 2pm. Tractor Supply Co. gift certificates will be awarded for
1st Place - $250; 2nd Place - $100; and 3rd Place - $50. Bounce Houses, Live Entertainment,
and 92.1 FM County Legends Radio will also be featured. So, bring the family and
come on out and enjoy the day!
Paw Pals thanks Rebecca Galuppo, Outlets at Hillsboro Marketing Director, and the
following Paw Pals event volunteers: Holly Holland and Paris (9 year old granddaughter),
Dennis & Joyce Dutton, Barb Diltz, Cheryl Greene, and Jim Hart.
Dear Paw Pals:
congratulations on finally getting to the "beginning" of your journey.. It has taken
a long time and a lot of hard work by you and all the volunteers and donors to get
to this point... It is also a sad day that to reach this culmination of joint effort
was without the aid of our city or our county.. It is more than sad, it is embarrassing.
Would they allow the constables office, the street or water department or fire department
to be organized and run by individuals.?? Absolutely not!! Why the powers that be
would turn their backs on this need both shocks and amazes me.. I have lived in
the town/county for 64 years and I have seen many strange things happen.. I have
seen many worthwhile projects including a large shopping center to be located besides
the old Walmart store, blocked by naysayers in this community.. so, maybe this is
not so strange after all.. It is just a pity, as hard as you have all worked and
shown in fact a great need that has not been met, all you got from the officials
was a cold stone wall.. Keep up the good work, you guys are all to be commended..
Hill County Paw Pals achieved a major breakthrough on the last day of 2009. Paw
Pals purchased a three acre property at 1500 Abbott Avenue in Hillsboro. This property
includes a 6,000 square foot warehouse that will be renovated to become a pet adoption
shelter. Paw Pals appreciates all who never lost the faith that the vision for a
shelter would become reality (read complete article...).
Our 2010 Paw Pals Pet Calendar can now be puchased on the web through our account
with Pay Pal. This make it easy to purchase the calendar and have it shipped to
your family and friends as gift items for the holidays.
purchase the 2010 Paw Pals Pet Calendar just click on the "Buy Now" button below.
That will take you to the Pay Pal web site where you can purchase the calendar with
either you Pay Pal account (if you have one), or just by using your personal credit
While on the Pay Pal site you can adjust the quantites you want to order, and specify
the address where you want the order shipped. Your shipping address defaults to
your billing address for you credit card, but you can change that to any address
on the final transaction review screen at Pay Pal.
When one witnesses the magnitude of each of our county-wide garage sales where thousands
of donated goods flow in from generous citizens, I am often asked how is Paw Pals
able to sort the mountain of goods prior to the weekend sale? Besides early planning
meetings to lay the ground work that sets the successful path, the key to our success
is when dozens of volunteers show the week prior and roll up their sleeves to work.
This year, 53 volunteers came to our call. Representing Whitney High School Paw
Pals Club: Kam Cook (teacher sponsor), Robin Wright (President), Abby Atchley, Hannah
Boyd, Kati Huggins, Justin Johnson, Brittany Jones, Kirsten Martin, Deejay Reid,
Andrea Rojas, and Balaine Tull. From Paw Pals volunteer support group: Lois Beeney,
Jackie Chance, Randy Chance, Bobby Crawford, Shelby Crawford, Susan Crawford, Lana
Crow, Lew Crow, Cleo Davis, Rene Dendy, Loraine Easterling, Holly Holland, Dana
Fuch, Betty Hendricks, Mike Hendricks, Mary Ann Johnson, Seth Jones, Tom Kennedy,
George Kerr, Marilyn Kerr, Jean Landis, J.D. Landis, Andree Lewallen, Pat Loveless,
Cherie Luttrell, Jillian Luttrell, Nicole Luttrell, Bob Treadwell, Becky Sanders,
Vicki Swain, Casey Martin, Terry Martin, Kathy Moore, Lea Slocum, Lonnie Tilson,
Maureen Werr, Scott Werr, and six community service workers from Hillsboro Municipal
Although the dollar amount from each of our county-wide garage sales is extraordinary,
the most priceless gift has been the support of “our” community. The message of
our community wanting positive change in how we treat our unwanted dogs and cats
is reflected every year with these annual sales: 2004 brought in $10,000; 2005 brought
in $8,600; 2006 brought in $9,800; 2007 brought in $12,700; 2008 brought in $19,000;
and this year brought in nearly $14,000.
“Never doubt that a group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is
the only thing that ever has”—Margaret Mead. Again, thanks for everyone’s continued
support and belief in our endeavors to facilitate the installation of a needed animal
shelter. To become part of our successful movement, please call (254) 580-0679;
email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.helphillcountyanimals.com.
Maurices, located at Outlets at Hillsboro, has designated Hill County Paw Pals as
the recipient of donations from their inaugural pet food and supplies donation drive.
The event is named “Rescues & Runways” and will run throughout the month of September.
Maurices is calling on local residents to participate by dropping off donations
of pet food and/or supplies at the local store. A fashion show is scheduled September
19 at maurices and Paw Pals representatives will operate an information booth to
further educate the community about the mission of our organization. Maurices was
started in 1931 as a small women’s fashion shop in Duluth, Minnesota and has grown
to over 700 stores in 43 states and today they specialize in fashion with a “twenty-something
attitude”. Paw Pals is greatly honored by this recognition and by the opportunity
to improve awareness of ways to improve the plight of unwanted companion animals.
Please help "get the word out" about this project by downloading, printing, and
distributing the flyer for this event here.
(read complete article...)
Just wanted everyone to see all the sponsors for the Waggin’ Trail Bike Ride 2009
last Saturday, May 2nd.
And a very special thanks to Hillsboro Hog Wild Graphics for donating the banner
and the hours spent in putting it together so well. Thank you Hog Wild.
Paw Pals and Hillsboro Police Department Community Outreach Programs successfully
concluded their joint fund raiser—“Waggin’ Trails Bike Ride 2009”. Designed routes
of 10, 28, 40, 58, and 70 miles were provided to challenge cyclists of all levels.
The success of this event stemmed from a supporting community, volunteers, sponsors
and the outstanding professional support providing by our area Emergency Response
Agencies—Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department, Bynum Volunteer Fire Department, and
Hillsboro Community Emergency Response (CERT). Hill County Sheriff Jeff Lyon also
represented the Hill County Sheriff Office in the command communications center.
We are blessed to have a community willing to support two important causes: A group
facilitating the installation of a county animal shelter and a program organized
to reduce crime by increasing community involvement.
The main event sponsor was Outlets at Hillsboro. The following businesses (in alphabetical
order) were our diamond sponsors:
Brookshire Grocery Company, Citizens National Bank, Dixie LP-Gas, Expressions Photography,
HILCO, Hill Regional Hospital, Hillsboro Lions Club, Hog Wild Graphics, Jackson
Insurance and Financial Services, Tipton International Inc., and Tucker Lumber.
The following (in alphabetical order) were our valued sponsors: B & G Tire,
Days Inn, First National Bank of Central Texas, H-E-B, Hill College, Hill County
Insurance Agency—Siddons, Hill Family Dental, Julie Siddons Realtors, KHBR 1560
AM Radio, Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors, Rick’s Quick Lube, and Starbucks
Corporation. Sincere thanks to our area newspapers for providing space to help advertise
with our related news articles: Hubbard City News, Itasca Paw Print Press, The Reporter
Newspaper and Whitney LakeLander. (read complete article...)
Paw Pals is creating a Pet Calendar for 2010 and your pets get to be the stars.
Amanda Bacon from Expressions Photography is doing the photography and here is how
Dog owners surrender over two million dogs each year to animal shelters across our
nation because of perceived uncorrectable behavior issues with these pets. In Hill
County, because an animal shelter is not available, many of these unwanted pets
are criminally abandoned (Class A Misdemeanor; $4,000 fine and/or year in jail—Texas
Animal Cruelty Law Penal Code 42.09). The main reasons cited for dog surrenders
is that owners fail to obedience train or have unrealistic expectations of their
pet(s). Studies show that dogs at highest risk of surrender are those acquired at
low or no cost, and especially at risk are those that do not get regular veterinarian
checks. An obedient dog is simply enjoyable. If your dog is having “behavioral”
issues, Paw Pals is pleased to announce Beth Downing as a Paw Pals endorsed dog
trainer. Beth has already successfully rehabilitated several Paw Pals’ dogs thus
helping to make them more ready to go to a permanent home and live with a loving
family...(read complete article)
Hill County Paw Pals volunteers Cherie, Jillian, and Nicole Luttrell along with
their five pound Chihuahua named “Piper” and 260 pound Giant Mastiff
named “Beau” provided an educational program to Wesley Academy of First United Methodist
Church in Hillsboro.
The preschoolers were taught that pets come in all sizes and colors and need love
and care. Pictured with the preschoolers were teachers Nicole Burkett, Kasey Watson,
Anna Wines, Ruth Burkett, Marilyn Hill, Paw Pals volunteer Mike Hendricks and presenter
Cherie Luttrell. Kneeling with the Chihuahua “Piper” is Jillian Luttrell. Not pictured
is Nicole Luttrell.
The separate picture of the young girl standing alone with “Beau”, the Giant Mastiff,
is Saige Brown.
It is with great fanfare that TCAP announces online pet sterilization scheduling
through our website. This new online feature should result in faster appointment
scheduling at each of our locations. To access this feature, simply click this link:
We appreciate your support of our efforts to provide low cost pet sterilization
and vaccination services to Texas residents and their pets.
Stacey Taylor, Texas Coalition for Animal Protection
Executive Director, Texas Coalition for Animal Protection
Denton Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program
713 Sunset Street Denton, TX 76201
Fort Worth Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program
2421 Westport Parkway, Suite 400 Fort Worth, TX 76177
Two of Hill County’s finest community oriented organizations, Hill County Paw Pals
and Hillsboro Police Department Community Outreach Programs, have joined together
to launch the second annual “Waggin Trail Bike Ride” which has been scheduled on
the first Saturday of May (May 2nd). The event is planned with five routes to meet
the needs of avid cyclists to the casual rider to include 70, 58, 40, 26, and 10
mile routes. Hillsboro Lions Club has once again volunteered to manage the registration
for this event which will start at 6:30am. We are proud to announce Outlets at Hillsboro
as the event sponsor where planned activities from 11-7pm will include Cinco de
Mayo Fiesta and Tractor Supply’s 2nd annual Chihuahua Dog Races. The Cinco de Mayo
Fiesta will offer live music and activities for children to include face paintings
and a bounce house and admission will be free.
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for fifth of May) commemorates the Mexican army’s unpredicted
defeat of the French army where the Mexicans were outnumbered two-to-one and up
against a force much better-equipped and had known no defeat for 50 years. Since
this victory, no army from another continent has again invaded the Americas.
The planned routes of Waggin Trail Bike Ride will offer cyclists a unique tour of
rural Central Texas. Hill County is 986 square miles of rural area that is joined
together with miles and miles of splendid paved farm to market roads. With a combined
county population of only 33,000, Hill County offers plenty of wide open spaces.
On many areas of the bike ride, one can see for miles around—the splendid beauty
of open land—flowing creeks, pastures with cattle and horses grazing, farmers’ cultivated
fields, and proud, rural communities. ...(read complete article)
Many communities across our country have eliminated the burden of pet overpopulation
for citizens. These communities embraced proactive measures to overcome the problem;
and a key component in these neighborhoods is a functioning animal shelter that
serves as a foundation to operate supporting integral programs. Hill County Paw
Pals has actively pursued and evaluated designs of animal shelter facilities across
the state and even beyond the state of Texas. Our vision is of a shelter that will
be a welcome component within the community. Animal shelters can be built so they
emanate a source of pride from the citizens.
should not have offensive odors or loud noises that deter volunteers and potential
adopting families from visiting the shelter. Hill County Paw Pals has reviewed numerous
shelter designs and the prime selection is a state-of-the-art 6,260 square feet
facility that can easily handle our community’s needs. The estimated cost would
be $350,000. The facility is designed to have a unique plumbing system to enable
frequent cleaning to keep the animals safe and healthy, avoid disease, and also
avoid build-up of odor. The facility is planned with three air conditioned zones
for efficient exchange of air. The exterior insulated walls are four inches thick
and a masonry exterior would make it virtually quiet from the outside...(read
It is so amazing to think about what a wonderful community this is and the many
compassionate, giving people who live in this county. You would all think so too
if you went to the Hill County Paw Pals’ Fifth County-wide Annual Garage Sale and
viewed the Hillsboro Convention Center Building. The building was overflowing with
donations from people throughout the county as a symbol of a community uniting towards
one specific goal—installing an animal shelter to help bring correction to the horrific
state of pet overpopulation in our county. We thank everyone for their valued donations
and your generosity is greatly appreciated. The proceeds from this event broke all
previous records. The first day of sales alone brought in $12,238.59. The total
for the garage sale provided “your” animal shelter building fund with an unprecedented
$16,916.21. With the future sale of our donated 1982 Chevrolet van (From Mr. and
Mrs. Don Mayfield of Osceola), mahogany dining room set with silverware (from Mr.
and Mrs. Paul Harvey, Jr. of Hillsboro), and Professional Universal Gym Set (from
Marilyn and George Kerr of Hillsboro) this figure will top over $19,000. ....(read
Three years ago, while Hill County Paw Pals was in its first year of existence,
Kathy Moore of Hillsboro, collaborated with Texas Coalition for Animal Protection,
a Denton based non-profit organization, and founded Hill County’s first ever Low
Cost Sterilization and Vaccination Clinic. During the service days, Kathy spends
a minimum of 14 hours while managing 8-10 volunteers. Since the inception of this
needed clinic, Kathy has volunteered over 600 hours. Kathy motivates and manages
from 6-10 volunteers during these service days. These hours do not include the hundreds
of hours that Kathy spends in coordination and preparation between the clinic dates.
....(read complete article)
This article is written specifically to honor Dianna Prince who will be moving from
Hillsboro this summer. Perhaps one of the most valued contributions one can make
to their community is to volunteer valued personal time in an endeavor to improve
lives of all citizens. Dianna accomplished this over and over in her volunteer work
with Hill County Paw Pals—she is an embodiment of everything a community needs in
a citizen. Dianna’s main passion has been focused on the correction of our county’s
pet overpopulation issue. Dianna became heavily involved with Paw Pals’ sponsored
Low Cost Sterilization and Vaccination Clinic where she worked up to 12 hour days
during each of her 41 service days. Working in the recovery area of the clinic became
Dianna’s niche and her nursing background proved to be an invaluable asset. Last
month, this clinic reached a major milestone with over 1,500 pet sterilizations—thus
directly preventing some 12,000 unwanted pets in our county. Dianna’s commitment
and devotion to this cause will continue to be far reaching for years to come....(read complete article)
Cheryl Wyly, notable philanthropist from Dallas, who recently donated $200,000 to
Hill County Paw Pals’ animal shelter building fund, came to the rescue of 18 young
dogs from R & J Rescue by providing her family’s Gulfstream jet so that they could
be airlifted to Aspen/Pitkin County Animal Shelter in Aspen, Colorado. Aspen is
the second home of Cheryl and her husband, Sam, and they are directly involved in
supporting the needs of unwanted dogs and cats in the Aspen area through their work
with Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter (FAAS). The Aspen/Pitkin County Animal
Shelter proudly displays the Wyly’s names on the entrance wall to honor their love
and respect for animals and to acknowledge their generosity that was vital to the
construction of the shelter. (For more information on the no-kill Aspen/Pitkin County
Animal Shelter visit their website at www.dogsaspen.com)...(read
Have you checked out the schedule for the Texas Animal Shelter Coalition Conference?
Petfinder.com is sponsoring this two day learning event in Fort Worth, TX on July
1-2. Visit http://www.sheltercoalition.com
for details and registration. Workshops include Successful Transfer Programs, Working
Together to Place Pets in Your Community, Using Statistics to Enhance Your Goals,
Legislating for Animals and more. We look forward to seeing you there!
Hill County Paw Pals commemorates its fourth anniversary this month. Paw Pals formed
as a group of 38 citizens concerned about the worsening pet overpopulation problem
in Hill County and the effect this has on the general living standards for our residents.
They united with the core purpose of facilitating the building of an animal shelter
for county use and an aim to correct pet overpopulation in order to make this a
better place to live for all our citizens. The group has now swollen to 1300 individual
supporters and 60 businesses from every area of the county. In celebrating our successes
over the past four years, it would be beneficial to take a look at how we got to
where we are now.....(read complete article)
May 11th, is designated as Mother’s Day this year. Across America, mothers will
be honored with flowers and dinner, special cards and gifts. An extraordinary Hill
County mother is being honored by her daughter, Cheryl Wyly in a most unique and
commendable way. Cheryl is the daughter of Carole Huens of Whitney. While growing
up, her mother instilled in her a respect and compassion for both her fellow man
and for animals. Cheryl decided to honor her mother by supporting Carole’s dedication
to make Hill County a better place for all residents and their four legged companions.
After completing the 40 mile route of the recent “Waggin Trail” bike ride with her
sister, Lisa Dunham, Cheryl presented Hill County Paw Pals with a generous check
of $200,000, and noted this gift was in honor of her mother and her mother’s passion
in working to bring an end to the tragedies resulting from pet overpopulation....(read complete article)
Pictured with two rescued Labrador Retrievers is See Vorderlandwehr of Hillsboro.
See and her husband, Bobby, have long established family ties with Hillsboro. This
is the story of a timely rescue by kind, caring citizens. It is presumed that a
callous owner felt he had no options and dumped these dogs within Hillsboro City
limits along Brandon Road. For 2 weeks, the pair of dogs stayed together and roamed
the neighborhood, probably hoping to find their former master and return home. The
loyalty a dog has for his master is unconditional and lasts forever; a trait not
shared by their former human owners. The dogs were reverting back to becoming wild
animals as their experiences of hunger, fear, and near death drove their existence.
However, concerned citizens began to reach out...(read complete
of Whitney, is pictured presenting a $500 gift to Hill County Paw Pals board member,
Lana Crow. The gift is from the family’s Charity Gift Fund in memory of Mr. Tilson’s
parents. The total amount has been directed to the building of a much needed animal
shelter and will become a working memorial. The Tilson’s have lived in Whitney since
1995. He is all too aware of the worsening pet overpopulation problems that exist
in Hill County. Mr. Tilson chose to become an active involved citizen and a working
advocate to correct the problem. He has been involved in Lake Whitney Humane Society
and Hill County Paw Pals. Last year Mr. Tilson donated pet carriers and crates to
Paw Pals that were valued at $800. (read complete article)
Hundreds of conscientious Hill County citizens have leaned towards “green” in recycling
aluminum cans by directing their aluminum cans to Hill County Paw Pals recycling
effort. Last week a load was harvested which filled our 16 foot special-designed
trailer with 1,000 pounds of aluminum cans which brought in $790.40. The trailer
was donated by Ronnie & Dana Fuchs, proprietors of Cen-Tex Trailers of Hillsboro,
some two years ago. This recent harvest was doubled to $1,580.80 because of the
matching contribution of up to $40,000 from philanthropists Cheryl and Sam Wyly.
This matching fund campaign ends May 16 and has been named “Take the Willie Nelson
Challenge” because of his personal endorsement. To date, during the past 10 months,
Paw Pals has raised over $32,000 towards this $40,000 matching goal. Since the inception
of collecting aluminum cans on the first Tuesday of each month during our Low Cost
Spay/Neuter and Vaccination Clinics, over $1,500 has been harvested—working towards
the correction of pet overpopulation in our great county. (read
Two of Hill County’s finest community oriented non-profit organizations, Hill County
Paw Pals and Boys and Girls Club of Hill County, have joined together to launch
their inaugural annual fund raiser—“Waggin
Trail Bike Ride”—scheduled on the first Saturday of May (May 3rd). The event
will cater to the avid cyclists with 70 and 51 mile routes, a 36 miler for the casual
rider, and a 10 mile route for fun-seekers that will involve a traffic-controlled
tour of Hillsboro. The planned routes of Waggin Trail Bike Ride will offer cyclists
a unique tour of rural Central Texas. Hill County is 986 square miles of rural area
that is joined together with miles and miles of splendid paved farm to market roads.
With a combined county population of only 33,000, Hill County offers plenty of wide
open spaces. On many areas of the bike ride, one can see for miles around—the splendid
beauty of open land—flowing creeks, pastures with cattle and horses grazing, farmers’
cultivated fields, and proud, rural communities. (read complete
Lone Star Yoga proprietors Bill and Billin Warren along with proprietors Mike and
Gail Warren recently presented Kathy Moore, of Hillsboro, with a yoga mat with carrying
strap and a month long gift certificate for yoga sessions.
This gift was arranged by Hill County Paw Pals dedicated volunteer Cherie
Luttrell to help recognize Ms. Moore’s dedicated community service as director of
Paw Pals sponsored Low Cost Sterilization and Vaccination Clinic—recently celebrating
their third anniversary. This service
has already prevented over 10,000 unwanted dogs and cats in Hill County.
Lone Star Yoga is located at 112B W. Washington in Whitney.
Information about this business can be viewed at
www.lonestaryogaonline.com or call (254) 694-YOGA (9642)
Any person who shoots a non-livestock animal, which includes any stray or feral
cat or dog, and a wild living creature previously captured, can be charged with
a felony offense. Penal Code 42.092 of the State of Texas law states that a person
must have the owner’s consent to kill the animal (exceptions to prosecution are
provided in Section 42.092(e)(1)). It is clear that a “stray” dog or cat either
has no owner or that the person who shoots the animal did not get the owner’s consent.
So what do we as citizens, law enforcement, or a community as a whole do without
a place to take a “stray”? The answer lies with your proactive action—as a citizen,
become directly involved—let your elected representative know you want positive
change in how our county and your community deals with (or in some cases won’t deal
with) animal control. Doing nothing is simply inviting undesirable consequences
because of the liabilities inherent in pet overpopulation—health, economics, legal,
and safety (HELS)....(read complete article...)
We are excited about a new opportunity to partner with Hill County Paw Pals to provide
spay/neuter services for pets of qualifying low-income pet owners. The bilingual
poster is attached. We appreciate your help in getting this information to Hill
County residents. For more information about our spay/neuter and wellness services
please visit our website at www.animalbirthconrol.org.
We are grateful for the Texas Department of State Health Services and drivers that
purchased the Animal Friendly license plates, which funded the grant. These funds
allow the Animal Birth Control Clinic to subsidize spay and neuter surgeries to
improve the lives of our animal friends and taxpayers in Hill County.
To download a bilingual flyer to distribute in your neighbor please click this button.
“Never doubt that a group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”—Margaret Mead.
It is so amazing to think about what a wonderful community this is and
the many compassionate, giving people who live in this county.
You would all think so too if you went to the Hill County Paw Pals fourth
annual garage sale and viewed the Hillsboro Convention Center Building.
The building was overflowing with donations from people throughout the county
with loving hearts and compassion for the animals God put here and entrusted in
our care. Hill County Paw Pals wants
to thank each of you again even though we don’t know the names of most of the folks
who brought donations. Your generosity
is greatly appreciated. Although the
real garage sale’s success was uniting the community towards the goal of building
an animal shelter for Hill County, the proceeds from the event totaled
$25,441.08 with the matching fund offered by gracious philanthropists Cheryl
and Sam Wyly–of which 100% will be directed towards building of an animal shelter....
(read complete article...)
Please mark your calenders...we will gear up our previous monthly pubic meetings.
The meetings will always be on the first Thursday of each month starting December
6th. The meetings will start at 6:30pm and end promptly at 7:30pm. They will always
be held in the Bullock Room of Hill College Cafeteria (on the far west side of campus).
If you have an item you would like to discuss please let me know. I will print an
agenda a week prior to the event. Only items on the agenda will be discussed to
prevent endless emotional based "war stories". It is necessary to structure our
public meetings with an agenda to respect each of our busy lives and have productive
one-hour meetings. See news article here.
See you on the first Thursdays of every month.
What message is being sent when citizens from a rural county in Central Texas bring
in over $55,000.00 from four annual garage sales while expending thousands of volunteer
hours in its preparation and execution? The message is absolutely clear—the citizens
of Hill County have united and want positive change to our county’s absence of basic
animal control that would include an animal shelter as its nucleus—basic core service
that tax payers expect. Proactive involvement is needed to correct our county’s
pet overpopulation issue—the status quo of doing nothing will only allow pet overpopulation
to continue to worsen along with its prolongation of serious liabilities—health,
economic, legal, and safety... (read complete article...)
Hill County has been designated a “rabies quarantine” county because the rabies
virus exists in our area. Rabies is the most dangerous zoonotic disease (animal
to human) known to man. Rabies is nearly 100% fatal in humans and can be transmitted
from contact with unvaccinated cats and dogs or any infected warm blooded animal.
Based on a formula provided by the Humane Society of the United States some 11,325
dogs and 16,912 cats live... (read complete article...)
Hill County Paw Pals was formed three years ago and has grown to over 1,100 concerned
citizens and over 110 businesses wanting to bring positive change to our great county
by correcting our potentially dangerous unchecked pet overpopulation issue which
burdens our communities with health, economic, safety, and legal liabilities (H.E.L.S).
Pet overpopulation can simply be corrected... (read complete article...)
Hill County Paw Pals, Inc. non-profit corporation P.O.   Box 1533, Hillsboro, Texas 76645, (254) 580-0679