Intake is up, adoptions are down, and cats aren't social distancing, so we're up to our ears in kittens.
Although kitten season in Texas sometimes feels like it runs year-round, this year we've really been hit by a huge influx of kittens at the rescue. We currently have 13 "bottle baby" infant kittens who need round-the-clock care as well as a momma cat and kittens in foster, and 8 older kittens and cats. If you'd like to help us get them adopted, please SHARE this email and also be sure you're a follower and share our Facebook Page posts!
You can see photos and get more information about ALL our available adoptable pets by going to http://bit.ly/starlightadoptablepets. Please share this link with friends as well!
SHELTER ME: The Starlight Outreach and Rescue Capital Campaign
It has become increasingly obvious that we've outgrown our capacity here at the rescue ranch since moving in mid-March 2018. We currently have cats in what used to be our office and have also converted our garage to a pet facility to make room for more pets.
Our plan is to build an approximately 2300 sf building that will contain a cat room, education/dog training room, and dog room as well as a multi-purpose room for bathing and food prep as well as storage. We currently have just under $10,000 saved for this venture but will need to raise $140,000 more to build the facility. (Note: building photo is just a visual representation - not the actual building)
Please stay tuned for more information about this fundraising effort. If you're interested in becoming a sponsor of the building construction either with in-kind donations of materials or goods, or you'd like to learn more about having a room or area named for a family member or beloved pet, please contact us. Again, more information will be coming soon!
(Actual current draft of the interior layout)
Hello Friends and Supporters,
In 2019, we cared for 158 animals at Starlight Outreach and Rescue. This year we're on track to help many more. To date, we've rescued 126 animals and there's still 4.5 months left in the year. I wanted to share just a few of their stories so you'll know more about the animals you've helped save.
Panda and Pandita came to our attention when a family found Panda chained to a tree without food or water in the yard of a next-door neighbor who had moved out of the home, leaving Panda behind. They were asking for help to give Pandita, the puppy, a home, but we couldn't leave Panda behind when we met her. Despite the family's care, she was emaciated and about 20lbs underweight. We fattened her up and cared for her and her puppy. Both have found wonderful homes!
Buddy was pulled from an animal control facility that likely would have euthanized him because he was fearful and could be snappy when scared. After working with him for several months, we found just the right adopter for him and he's happily living in Austin. Titus was brought to our attention by a citizen who found him with a badly wounded leg that had been "degloved" and left without any skin. We cared for Titus for several months and he spent weeks in the veterinary hospital receiving care for his wounds. When he finally recovered, he was adopted by a sweet lady who was willing to work with his shyness (he'd been through a lot and was very wary of new situations) and now he's a beloved family member!
All these animals and all the others we've been able to help despite all the challenges of 2020 have been because of the support of people like you.
Thank you for caring for the helpless animals of this world. We couldn't do what we do without you!
Amy Castro, President, Starlight Outreach and Rescue
Since our last emailing in July- things have really been busy at Starlight Outreach and Rescue. In August, we hit our highest headcount ever with 47 foster animals here at the ranch - and that number doesn't include our permanent resident rescue animals. We've had dogs, momma cats with babies, bottle babies, injured kittens and more. Several have been adopted, but we still have 33 in residence who are either available, or not ready to be adopted due to illness, injury, or just being too young.
If you'd like to help us get the word out about our pets, please SHARE this email and also be sure you're a follower and share our Facebook Page posts!
SOAR Helps Save Chihuahua "Drop Kicked" For Fun
Guinevere, our resident kitten "momma" is great at taking care of the baby kittens at the rescue ranch. She doesn't mind sharing her bed or giving the babies a little "clean up" after they eat!
Not only is she a help after meal times, but Guinevere and the other resident dogs and cats at the rescue ranch are great for helping socialize our adoptable pets, which makes our kittens and other rescues more adoptable!
A big "thank you" to Dr. Zoo and her staff at Family Animal Hospital in Friendswood for allowing us to showcase some of our kittens in their lobby. Two kittens, Charlie and Freya, have been adopted so far. If you'd like to meet the others on display there, be sure to drop by FAH at 1 Oaktree Street in Friendswood!
Mark your calendar and be sure to join us for our FIRST ANNUAL fundraiser benefiting S.O.A.R., and Friendswood Animal Control! There will be wine and food (of course), silent auctions, a wine pull, pet costume contests, and more. Bring your dog in costume and get his/her photo taken by a professional photographer!