Every year, hundreds of dogs and cats are abandoned, finding their way to shelters where they risk being euthanized if they are not adopted. One Montgomery County organization is working to stop that, and you can help.
Operation Pets Alive is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization striving to elevate Montgomery County to a no-kill community. A no-kill community is one that does not euthanize healthy or treatable animals who could find homes if given enough time and support.
The organization strives to reduce killing in shelters through training, adoption, fostering, rescuing and treating animals. They also work to reduce the number of animals that enter shelters in the first place. They do this by spaying and neutering animals so that unwanted puppies and kittens are not dumped at shelters (or worse out in the open), offering behavior modification opportunities to reduce bad habits and rehoming animals. They promote community adoption programs to help animals find loving homes.
In 2020, Operations Pets Alive serviced 2,121 animals. They were able to save 93 percent. A trap, neuter and return (TNR) program is thriving this year with 400 feral cats in Montgomery County being trapped, neutered and returned to live better, healthier lives.
How can you help? Through Woodforest’s The Giving Tree initiative. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 17, we are collecting donations for seven different charities — including Operation Pets Alive. Simply look at the list of requested items, purchase one or more and drop off your donation at The Giving Tree donation site that has sprouted at The Palm Information Center, 251 Central Pine Street in Woodforest. Other charities you can help include Toys for Tots, Journey Home, Montgomery County Women’s Shelter, Meals on Wheels Montgomery County, Patriots of Texas and Wrapped in Warmth (Community Assistance Center).
Operation Pets Alive is in need of a number of items, including:
- Collars, leashes
- Dog/puppy shampoo
- Dog training treats
- Cardboard cat carriers
- Canned cat food
- Dry puppy food
- Dry cat food
- Kitten and puppy formula
- Cat litter
- Frontline or Advantix (flea treatment)
- Collapsible wire dog crates, wire puppy pens, wire cat condos or crates, cat furniture, and litter pans
- Gift cards for Petco, PetSmart, Wal-Mart, the Dollar store, Spring Creek Feed Store, Woods Feed Store, Home Depot, and/or gas stations
- Gift cards for local boarding kennels, grooming facilities, training facilities, signage stores, or print shops
Used items are also accepted including:
- Used collars, leashes, bowls, medicines, beds, etc. for dogs or cats
- Old sheets (used for the covers on our feral cat traps)
- Newspaper (used to line puppy pens and feral cat traps)
- Old holiday decorations (used to decorate our adoption events)
You can also choose to make a monetary donation or shop the non-profit’s Amazon wish list. See how your donations will be used here.
Give the gift of love to animals in need while they wait to find their “furever” homes.