Welcome

LARAS House-A NO KILL SHELTER
Limestone Animal Rescue and Adoption Shelter
(A 501c3 Non Profit Charity-ID #262793308)
 

Welcome to Our Website!

 

We Have a New Phone Number!

254-292-9552

 

THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE HELPED MAKE THIS

YEAR’S SPAY-GHETTI SUPPER A SUCCESS

 

We hope you find our site useful and easy to navigate. While you are here you will be able to VIEW OUR ADOPTABLE PETS, make DONATIONS, find helpful information, link to our favorite places, read about our happy adoption stories, and much, much more! So pull up a chair and stay awhile. Who knows…you might just find your new best friend!


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LARAS House has NEW T-Shirts for Sale!!

NOW Only $10.00!

We have child’s small through Adult 3X.

Order by calling us at 903.644.5275 or email at info@larashouseshelter.org

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IT’S FLEA SEASON!!

Get a handle EARLY to combat this pesty and often dangerous pests!
  • Treat all dogs and cats in the household every 30 days with one of the broad-spectrum parasiticides. If for some reason you can’t treat all your pets, ask your veterinarian to recommend an insect growth regulator (IGR) that you can use to treat your home twice a year so eggs and larvae don’t develop in the house.
  • Use dog products on dogs and cat products on cats. The flea-treatment products made for dogs are toxic and sometimes deadly to cats.
  • Apply spot-on flea treatment where the pet can’t lick it off. Dryden likes to put it on the middle of the neck, just behind the ears.
  • Discourage other flea-bearing animals from entering your yard. Don’t leave out pet food that might attract raccoons, possums and feral cats, all of which carry fleas, and block off elevated decks with latticework or some other barrier so those animals can’t shed flea eggs there.
  • If you think there are fleas in your home, it’s also a good idea to vacuum thoroughly, including behind furniture and beneath sofa cushions, and to launder bedding (yours and the pet’s) in hot water to kill flea eggs and larvae.
  • The flea-control products available now are fast-acting and effective when used correctly, but it still takes a certain amount of time before your home and pets are fully flea-free. There can be a three to four month lag between the time you begin treatment and the time you can expect to have few or no fleas. One way or another, new fleas will always enter your home, but the goal is to make them unable to reproduce and to have ongoing protection for your pet.

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 Does Your Cat Own You?

See how many yes answers apply to you.

  • Do you select your friends based on how well your cats like them?
  • Does your desire to collect cats intensify during times of stress?
  • Do you buy more than 50 pounds of cat litter a month?
  • Do you think it’s cute when your cat swings on your drapes or licks your butter?
  • Do you admit to non-cat owners how many cats you really have?
  • Do you sleep in the same position all night because it annoys your cats when you move?
  • Do you kiss your cat on the whiskers?
  • Do you feed your cat tidbits from the table with your fork?
  • Does your cat sleep on your head?
  • Do you like it?
  • Do you have more than four opened but rejected cans of cat food in the refrigerator?
  • Do you watch bad TV because the cat is sleeping on the remote?
  • Will you stand at the open door indefinitely in the freezing rain while your cat sniffs the door, deciding whether to go out or come in?
  • Would you rather spend a night at home with your cat than go out on a bad date?
  • Do you give your cat presents and a stocking at Christmas?
  • Do you put off making the bed until the cat gets up?

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The time to prepare for a disaster is TODAY! Read this great article about how to prepare your pets for an emergency situation.

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Volume I

If you have been fortunate to have rescued a wonderful pet….

Tell us YOUR Story!

Many of us have rescued a great pet from the side of the road, a shelter, or from someone who had unwanted litters, etc.If you have had the good fortune of finding a wonderful companion in this way, here is your chance to share your story and help raise money for LARAS House.Tell us about your pet. Where did you first meet? What made this animal “the one” for you and your family? Were there hurdles to overcome? Tell us what impact these previously unwanted animals made in your life.Submit your story to us along with $20.00 (Check or PayPal).  We will compile the first 100 stories into a book and have it printed. When the book is printed, you will be able to purchase copies for yourself and to give as gifts! The books will also be for sale to the public.LARAS House is quite excited about this project! We hope this book will bring awareness of the need to find forever homes for the many, many animals abandoned every year.Stories should be no longer than 2 type-written pages. Please send a picture of pet if possible. We reserve the right to reject a story if we feel it is not in keeping with our mission of finding loving homes for unwanted/abused animals.If you have further questions you may call or e-mail LARAS House  at 903.644.5275 or info@larashouseshelter.org.

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December 17, 2011

May your Holidays be PURR-FECT… despite what your cat has planned!!

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November 15, 2011
 

Getting a Dog/Cat for Christmas?

Practical Tips Before Adopting Puppies or Dogs for the Holidays
 Christmas is a popular time for people to adopt pets, and many of those pets may be given to someone as a gift. It is important to consider several issues before making the decision to adopt a pet during the holidays or at any other time of the year.

                                    Consider the Cost of a Pet Before Giving One as a Gift

Many people may only consider the initial cost of adopting a dog, and some initial charges are not repeated on a regular basis, but it is important to consider the long-term care costs associated with a dog or cat. PetFinder’s online article “Estimated Yearly Costs of Pet Ownership,” by Stephen Zawistowski, indicates that dog owners may expect to pay an average of $780 to $1500 per year, depending on the type of animal adopted and the type of supplies and services desired. 
In addition to the initial fee for adoption, all pets need food, water and basic veterinary care. and a variety of home supplies such as a brush, training crate, treats, leash, collar, toys, and more.
                        Consider the Long-Term Time Commitment of Having a Dog
 Many breeds of dogs (or cats) live ten to fifteen years or longer and involve a significant investment in time and resources. Grooming time varies greatly depending on the breed and size. Training a dog can be time-consuming and varies according to the age and temperament of the dog, but it can be a great investment for the future. Most dogs tend to be social animals and crave interaction with others, so a person’s lifestyle may help determine the best timing for adopting a dog.

                           Find Out FIRST if a Pet is the Right Gift

 Surprising someone with a dog/cat as a Christmas gift might lead to a whole host of problems down the road. Make sure that the animal will have a forever home by ASKING the recipient if they even WANT a pet, rather than regretting the decision after the adoption. PetFinder is a great resource for someone who is considering adopting an animal. It is also important for the family and pet to have the chance to interact before a decision is made to ensure that personalities do not clash.
 
The Christmas season is often the busiest time of the year. Adopting a dog after the big day might be helpful when stress levels may be lower and people in the household may have more time to research what type of dog/cat would best suit the household lifestyle. A dog/cat adopted after Christmas might enable the new owner to provide more companionship and training initially, which could lead to a smoother transition for everyone, including the new pet.
 

PLEASE consider LARAS House or another Animal Rescue Shelter in your area for you next pet adoption.

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Got Fleas? Dish Soap Kills Them!

by Helen Fazio, Travel Dog Blogger, www.traveldogbooks.com
Fleas are wingless insects with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Equipped with spiny hairs to anchor in a dog’s coat, they are armored and resistant to crushing or scratching. They serve no purpose in the great chain of being, except to cause discomfort and spread disease.
One safe way to remove a sudden infestation is to shampoo your dog well with Lemon Joy or Dawn dish soap. These grease-cutting shampoos will kill existing fleas by swiftly destroying the cuticle on their exoskeletons, but you will have to act proactively to prevent further attacks in the immediate area. 

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Homemade Beef Dog Biscuits

 
                                         Thanks to Jewel B. for sharing this recipe!
 
 
 
 
 
 
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp beef bouillon granules
2 tbls boiling water
2-1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup nonfat dry milk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup cooked rice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 jar (4 ounces) baby food-vegetable beef flavor
2 tbls vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 tsp garlic
 
Dissolve yeast in warm water.
In a seperate bowl, dissolve bouillon in boiling water
In a large bowl mix flour, wheat flour, powdered milk, rice and gelatin
Stir in baby food, egg, oil, yeast mixture and bouillon mixture until combined
Knead until mixture becomes a ball
Roll out on floured surface to 1/4 inch thick.
Cut with biscuit cutter or try using a bone shaped cookie cutter
Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet
Bake at 300 degreess for 25-30 minutes
Biscuits will be crunchy

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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR PETS

Click here for a wonderful article on keeping your pets safe on Halloween!

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September 25, 2011

Owners fill bowls with nutritious food to keep dogs healthy. So why do dogs eat weird, disgusting and even dangerous stuff?
Dogs use their mouths the way we use our hands. They pick up objects and explore their world by mouthing, tasting, and chewing. That sometimes gets them into trouble if they swallow something they shouldn’t.

Eating Grass
As omnivores, dogs benefit from eating vegetables or fruits. Even coyotes and wolves eat vegetable matter found in the stomach of prey, as well as roots, grasses and fruit. Dogs often beg for and enjoy snacks of raw vegetables like lettuce, green beans and carrots.
Most pet dogs occasionally eat grass, which may provide vitamins the dog craves, or it may simply like the taste. Dogs also eat grass to stimulate vomiting when they feel ill. Occasional grazing isn’t a cause for concern unless your dog turns it into an obsession or it gnaws poisonous houseplants.Poop-Eating Pups
Eating feces–called coprophagia–disgusts dog owners, but this common habit comes naturally especially to puppies. Mothers keep their nests clean by picking up after the puppies, and youngsters typically copy-cat the behavior. Most outgrow the habit, but many dogs continue to snack on cat-box “treats” or the leavings of cows and horses. Also, the cat, horse or other animal may not have completely digested all the nutrients, so the dog is not above giving the poop another chance.Eating Dirt
We’re not sure why dogs eat dirt but many seem to relish certain types of soil. Some wild animals target clay-like soils that naturally absorb toxins, and others are known to eat mineral-rich dirt to supplement their diet.
For dogs, scent probably plays a role. Perhaps another animal has “marked” that spot of dirt, so the dog tastes to get a better “read” on the message. Dogs seem to prefer specific types or locations of dirt too. Eating too much dirt can plug up doggy plumbing but an occasional taste probably isn’t worry-worthy.Eating “Stuff”
Dogs swallow an amazing range of inedible items and it goes beyond eating the kid’s homework. The behavior is called pica, and can be an accident when the dog gulps down a piece of a toy. Pica may be purposeful if the object proves too tempting. Baby-bottle nipples that smell of milk, used tampons, and grease-smeared foil or turkey-basted string may prove irresistible to dogs.
The most common item dogs eat is a sock, followed by underwear, pantyhose, rocks, balls, chew toys, bones, hair ties/ribbons, and sticks. Most items tend to be owner-scented objects.
Some dogs seem drawn to such weird items as pagers, hearing aids, drywall, batteries, rubber bands, or anything (including sand) with bacon grease poured on it. Dogs develop bad habits out of boredom, stress or even obsessive-compulsive behaviors and turn into garbage disposals. These dogs may even eat rocks and sticks.Poke the Poop
In most cases, small objects pass harmlessly through a dog’s body and end up on the lawn within 24 to 72 hours. Get a stick and wear gloves to poke through the dog’s leavings to be sure it’s gotten rid of the object. Feeding your dog a meal can turn on digestive juices, cushion the item, and help move it along.
But sharp objects can cut, heavy stones can plug the system, and string-type material (thread, ribbon, Easter grass, tape from a cassette) can cut and strangle the intestines. Swallowed coins, batteries or other metal objects can poison pets once they react with digestive juices. String hanging out of either end of the dog shouldn’t be touched, or you risk causing further harm.If you’ve seen your dog swallow something it shouldn’t but it doesn’t pass, or the dog begins vomiting, retching without result, won’t eat, looks or behaves distressed, or coughs repeatedly, seek help. It may require X-rays to figure out what’s wrong on the inside of your pet, and surgery to get it out.Most puppies outgrow indiscriminate munching. But if your dog vacuums up anything that hits the floor, pet-proof dog toys as well as your home. It could save your dog’s life.

Amy D. Shojai
is a certified animal behavior consultant and the award-winning author of 23 pet care books, including The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats. Amy also appears on Animal Planet’s CATS-101 and DOGS-101, writes for puppies.About.com, and lives in North Texas with a senior citizen Siamese and smart-aleck German shepherd. Read her blog on Red Room.
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September 18, 2011
BABY IT’S COOOOLD OUTSIDE…Well, maybe not just yet, but it will be soon and you need to begin NOW to winterize your dogs. Follow these easy steps to make your pet comfy and cozy when the temperature dips!1. Consider your dog.  Just because your dog has fur does not mean that it’s not influenced by the cold. Older dogs and those with arthritis are extra sensitive to dropping temperatures. Please take in consideration your dog’s breed, health, age, and temperament when making decisions about the amount of time spent outdoors in the cold and snow. 2. Home Sweet Home- If your dog is kept outside, make sure their shelter is extra safe and warm. Their shelter should be raised off the ground, kept dry at all times, and free of drafts. If their shelter is heated, make doubly sure the wiring is done efficiently. Extension cords and space heaters are not safe around animals. They can chew the cord or knock over the heater and cause a fire. Check with your local pet store for heated bedding that is safe to use outdoors. If you use hay or chips as bedding, make it extra thick and be sure to change it out if it gets wet. Wet, moldy straw can often cause serious issues, including rashes and breathing problems. 3. Bon Appétit. No matter the time of year your dog needs fresh, clean water! In winter is it vitally important to keep their water bowl from freezing by using a special water heater (check your local pet store) or change it out frequently. Your dog also needs extra calories in its body so feeding him extra food is a must. 4. Beware Old Man Winter. Animals can get frostbite just like humans. Their ears, nose, and paws are predominantly at risk. Beware of chemicals used to de-ice roads and sidewalks. Your dog may go for a walk, then come home and lick his feet ingesting these chemicals and get sick. And PLEASE keep any automotive chemicals, especially antifreeze, away from all your pets. Antifreeze is extremely toxic causing kidney failure and is often fatal. Use good ol’ common sense when dealing with your pets and the elements. A safe and warm shelter, clean water and access to food all add up to a happy pet!
September 14, 2011

We received a call from one of our volunteers who had a friend that had found a mama dog and 7 puppies dumped on a county road. Could we take them? Under the BEST of circumstances, taking in ONE dog places a heavy burden on our overworked staff but EIGHT?! A team went out to assess the situation and came back with the dogs. In the meantime we had volunteers securing a foster home since the shelter is full. One was found on the FIRST call. Volunteers went out to check the foster house and found the pen would not be secure enough for the puppies. Could the pen be secured? Yes, but it would take hours and the puppies were already in distress from the heat. Permission was granted from the foster family to break the pen down and move it not only to a secure area but close enough to set up fans! Bingo! We are happy to report the puppies-Precious, Maddie, Jacie, Ruth, Boaz, Sampson and Sweetie Pie and Mama Sasha-are secure, well fed, de-flead, hydrated, cool and most of all, safe.

Be Kind. Be Responsible. Spay and Neuter your pets!!

 
September 11, 2011

Canine Heroes of 9/11

We thank you and your humans for your sacrifice, hard work and love.

Click here for more pictures of the canine heroes of 9/11

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days
  Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble

 
 
Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days
 
 
 
 
September 9, 2011
 

DECLAWING YOUR CAT

So your cat is shredding everything in sight! What do you do? If you are considering declawing PLEASE STOP and read this article. Though it sounds like a “quick fix” you may be doing more harm than good to your cat.  Veterinarians are generally critical of the declawing procedure. Not only is it considered inhumane, it  causes the following:
  • Deprives the cat of its main defense abilities, including escaping from predators by climbing trees
  • Impairs the cats stretching and exercise habits, leading to muscle atrophy
  • Compromises the cats ability to balance on thin surfaces such as railings and fence tops, leading to injury from falls
  • Can cause the cat insecurity and a subsequent tendency to bite
Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat’s claw is nota toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat’s claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat’s “toes”.So what are some good solutions to your cat scratching your sofa to shreds?1. Scratching posts-Cats like to mark their territory. This means anything they can see is theirs including you and your stuff. Through scratching, cats mark their domain not only with claw marks but they also put their special scent on their territory. A post for kitty needs to be at least 2 feet high and covered with a sisal material (not the rope type). Place it in the common area of your home, not hidden away in a corner. To get your cat to use it, place catnip or special treats or toys around the post. He/She will do the rest.2. Nail Covers-A new product is out that covers your cat’s nails with a soft plastic cap. LARAS House does not endorse ANY product but you can find these products by doing a search for “vinyl cat caps”.
Colorful cat nail covers
 
3. Trim your cat’s nails-If you start cutting your kitten’s nails when they are young, it will be MUCH easier for you and the cat as it matures. A tutorial on how to trim your cat’s nails can be found here
 
 
September 6, 2011
Emergencies come in many forms. Here in Texas we are experiencing severe drought and now, fires. When disaster strikes it may require you being gone from your home for a few hours to a permanent evacuation. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared!! Please take time to read this article from the ASPCA and make preparations NOWbefore it’s too late.Taking time now can save your pet’s life later. 
 September 2, 2011

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”
– Aesop

We, like most shelters and rescues, rely completely on volunteers, and having an extra pair of loving hands to care for our pups is always welcome. “I just can’t stand to see those poor dogs begging me to take them home.” We hear this a lot as an excuse NOT to volunteer, but the truth is, LARAS House IS their home until they are adopted. Our animals are loved and well cared for everyday. They play and rough house, take naps in the sun, chase balls and go for walks. They are happy! But it all takes time to tend to every need, every day for 78 dogs! So yes, your heart strings will be tugged on, but you’ll feel better about having given these special dogs some love and attention while they wait for their FOREVER family to take them to their FOREVER home. Do you have some time? Will you MAKE the time? Give us a call today. You’ll never find a more grateful and accepting friend than a shelter dog!

Some of our volunteers doing different tasks at the shelter!

 

August 29, 2011
 

WE’VE GOT ONE OF THOSE…

            

You don’t have to wait to adopt a dog from LARAS House at one of our PET ADOPTION DAYS. Visit our shelter at 1517 HWY 171 N. We are open 7 days a week 10am-3pm or by appointment. Located just past the oil derrick, look for our green mailbox.

LARAS House has lovable dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and ages. Your chances of finding a perfect companion who matches your lifestyle and family are excellent! Did you know about 25% of our dogs are purebred? The rest make up a selection of unique, one-of-a-kind mixed breeds, such as German Shepherds, Retrievers, Fox Terriers, Bassett Hound, Treeing Walker Coonhound, Boxer, Pointer, Dobbie, Catahoula, Dachshund, Chihuahua and Black Mouth Cur!

Come out to the shelter and find your new best friend waiting for you TODAY!!

          

YOU MAY BE THE PURR-FECT CAT OWNER IF YOU . . .

  • Believe caring for a pet for 15 to 18 years does not seem like a lifetime.
  • Look forward to having your ankles rubbed by an affectionate, hairy animal.
  • Don’t mind sharing your house with someone who sheds, tracks kitty litter and throws up hairballs.
  • Don’t mind sharing your house with someone who will never clean up after him or herself.
  • Love a housemate who will randomly and regularly entertain you with outrageous and silly antics (at his whim, not yours).
  • Want to take care of someone every day.
  • Like your lap warmed whenever you sit down.
  • Would like to spend your extra money on pet food, toys, veterinary care, kitty litter and more kitty litter.
  • Want to be welcomed with a soft purr of appreciation.
  • Believe that spaying and neutering pets will help solve the pet overpopulation problem.
  • Can’t imagine leaving your devoted pet behind when you move.
  • Want to keep an ID tag on your pets, so they can always get back to you no matter what.
  • Enjoy unconditional love and constant companionship.
  • Believe that keeping your cat indoors is best for your pet’s well-being.
information provided by www.americanhumane.org
 
 
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
 

About 80% of the animals we receive at LARAS House are found wandering the streets, hanging around in parking lots or discarded in boxes throughout the county; abandoned, confused and very frightened. If you find yourself in a position of having unwanted animals in your possession, PLEASE do the RIGHT and RESPONSIBLE thing:

Call LARAS House FIRST!!

We don’t always have room but we can help locate other places for you to take these innocent animals. Remember, it’s not THEIR fault they find themselves in this predicament.

It is the most loving and humane act you can do to place unwanted animals through LARAS House and other No-Kill shelters in the area. It shows a high degree of care on your part; instead of just “dumping” the animal off in the country. Remember not everyone living in the country wants a dog or cat! Animals that are abandoned may become the target of angry people whose property has been damaged by strays. So dumping the animal near a house or business is NO guarantee that the animal will survive.

WHY DO PEOPLE DUMP ANIMALS?

  • They get tired of the responsibility of owning a pet

  • Due to tough economic times, they can no longer afford to care for their pet

  • They find out they are allergic to the pet

  • The behavior of the pet is disruptive to the family

But the NUMBER ONE reason is:

  • The dog or cat had a litter of babies and the owners cannot take care of them or find homes for them.

As Ben Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

The procedure to spay and neuter COSTS LESS than vet bills to take care of the litter and it is far better than dumping your burden on someone else.

IT IS AN ILLEGAL ACT!

And finally, if you get caught dumping an animal it will cost you! Texas law defines abandonment (“dumping”) as the act of abandoning an animal in the person’s custody without making reasonable arrangements for assumption of custody by another person. “Custody” includes responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of an animal subject to the person’s care and control, regardless of ownership of the animal. When an animal is in a person’s custody, the law states necessary food, care, and shelter must be provided to the extent required to maintain the animal is in a state of good health.

People who resort to this senseless behavior of abandonment can be punished under the Texas Animal Cruelty Act as a Class A Misdemeanor under Texas Penal Code 42.09 which carries a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail. This offense becomes a state jail felony if the person has been convicted two previous times.

Be responsible. Be kind. Do the right thing.

 
Monday, August 15, 2011

You Talkin’ To Me?

Have you ever wondered what your pet is “saying” to you? Showing teeth isn’t always a sign of aggression and wagging tails aren’t always a good thing. Click here for a great article from the ASPCA on canine body language.

 
 
 
Friday, August 12, 2011
 

This is our reality and the reality of thousands of shelter all over the world. This baby, named Charmin, was found in the middle of the road laying next to his sister, who had been hit and killed by a car. Fortunately, a kind woman picked him up and brought him to LARAS House. We will do what we can for him and hopefully he will make a full recovery. We thank you for your kind thoughts towards Charmin and will keep you posted on his condition.

What can you do to make a difference for Charmin and millions like him?

*SPAY and NEUTER your pets!-’Nuf said!

*Donate to your local shelter/rescue groups-Money, blankets, dog food etc. Every donation counts!

*Volunteer your time- It takes hours every week to care for special needs like Charmin. Help your local rescue groups by volunteering your time to take the burden off overworked staff. As little as 30 minutes per week from one person can make a HUGE difference. Many hands, make light work!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

PLEASE DON’T LITTER!  We heard it again today. A potential adoptive family wanted to know when the female puppy they were looking at adopting could have puppies of her own! We are standing at the animal shelter with 100 orphaned animals, many thrown away like garbage, and people continue to believe that “their” litters are not the problem of pet overpopulation!

STOP THE INSANITY!

Even if your pet has a litter and you find homes for all of them, each of those pets takes a potential home away from other homeless pets waiting in a shelter. Spaying and neutering your pets will NOT make them fat and lazy and will NOT make them meek and shy. What it will do is reduce the over population of unwanted animals in America, of whom MILLIONS are killed every year.

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

* Prevents pregnancy and the complications arising from pregnancy and delivery

* Eliminates the heat cycle in females

* Prevents unwelcome males from trying to seek out your female pet in heat

* Reduces the urge to roam. This makes it less likely that you will lose your pet, which in turn makes your pet less likely to contract a disease, get in a fight, get injured, or become a victim to cruelty, poison, or traffic.

* Reduces or eliminates the possibility of disease in the reproductive system.

* Reduces the distracting and destructive behavior associated with the male’s efforts to get out and find a mate

* Male dogs are more easily trained because they are not distracted by trying to find a mate

* Eliminates testicular tumors and reduces prostate gland problems.

*In cats, neutering may stop or reduce marking behavior (territorial spraying of urine).

* Reduces the urge to fight.

But just in case you need more information before making this important decision, here is the truth behind some commonly spread myths about spaying and neutering.

MYTH: It’s better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.

FACT: Every litter counts. Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.

MYTH: I want my children to experience the miracle of birth.

FACT: The miracle of birth is quickly overshadowed by the thousands of animals euthanized in animal shelters in communities all across the country. Teach children that being RESPONSIBLE pet owners means spaying and neutering your pets.

MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.

FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed breed and purebred. LARAS House has had Bassett’s, Chihuahuas even a Bull Mastiff, all pure breeds, all unwanted. About half of all animals entering shelters are euthanized. LARAS House is a no-kill shelter which limits our intake of animals. For every one pet that leaves we on average, take in 3 more IF there is space.

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.

FACT: It is a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: I don’t want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.

FACT: Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.

FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise.

MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.

FACT: Your pet’s puppies or kittens have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are shelter pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet, and loving as your own.

MYTH: It’s expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.

FACT: Many low-cost options exist for spay/neuter services. Animal Birth Control in Waco charges less than $50.00!! If you need financial assistance please call LARAS House. We may be able to assist you.

MYTH: I’ll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.

FACT: You may find homes for your pet’s puppies and kittens. But you can only control what decisions you make with your own pet, not the decisions other people make with theirs. Your pet’s puppies and kittens, or their puppies or kittens, could end up in an animal shelter, as one of the many homeless pets in every community competing for a home. Will they be one of the lucky ones?

Much of this report was furnished by:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

DIRT-Y Work at LARAS House

We appreciate our volunteers for helping spread new dirt in the kennels.
The dogs thank you too!!
 

PET APPRECIATION WEEK at TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY

Join us Saturday, August 6th at TCS in Mexia (Hwy 84) for a combined adoption event! We are joining with our friends at “New Leash on Life” from 10am-2pm to adopt our beautiful dogs. We will have homemade baked goods, ice cold drinks and popsicles for sale too! Come by and say hello. Who knows, you might just find your new best friend!

Black dogs are commonly the last, if at all, to be adopted.  Destined for death in many kill shelters they are passed up for whatever the reason:

 Harmful Superstitions-many people still to this day believe black dogs are “evil”

Negative Labels-Black dogs are mean, ugly, ill adjusted, or cannot be controlled

Fear-People will often associate black dogs with certain breeds such as Rottweilers or Doberman Pinchers and therefore they are “mean” and “vicious.”

Just too ordinary looking-Black dogs are often perceived as being “boring” or “plain” looking
 

This unfortunate phenomena has a name: Black Dog Syndrome

At LARAS House many of our dogs are black and they are just as loving, just as trusting, just as in need of a forever home as any of the rest of the dogs waiting to be adopted. It is our desire to help these beautiful black dogs avoid the price that they will pay because of the ridiculous claims listed above. Our black dogs will die of natural causes within the loving confines of our shelter because they will wait a lifetime to be noticed.
Please consider offering a forever home for a black dog through adoption.  Begin your journey now by going to our Adoption Pet Tab and browse through our list of adoptable cats and dogs.
 
*For more information visit the Black Pearl Dogs website

Tethering Laws in Texas

A law in Texas came into effect Sept. 1, 2007. It prohibits pet owners from using pinch or choke collars (these should never be used anyway unless a dog is being walked on a leash). This new law also addressed chaining your dogs outside between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in the morning in addition to not chaining your dogs within 500 feet of a school or when the temperature falls below freezing or whenever heat advisories are issued by local or state authorities.
It’s good common sense that if your dogs are tethered now, do not let them loose in a situation where they will be unsafe or where they will climb over, dig under, or chew through a fence. Tethering is a violation of the law if the dog is tethered continuously, without a break. Tethered dogs should always be given breaks for walks and playtime to ensure optimum physical and mental health. Please keep your dog properly confined — take the time to do it right, within the requirements set forth by state and local laws.
Also it has always been illegal to confine a dog without proper food, water and shelter – this means shade AND a doghouse. Your dogs should be wearing secure, buckle-type collars – not chains of any form as a collar. They need socialization, play, attention and exercise in order to be happy and healthy. It is not safe to tether a dog without it being securely behind a fence, as this does not keep out other animals or people. You can be held legally accountable if a tethered dog bites a person after they’ve entered an inadequately fenced yard. Using a crate is the most effective, safe and humane way to “restrain” your pet. Remember that CLOSED crates are only for SHORT periods of time (no longer than 6-8 hours) and an OPEN crate is a safe “den” for your pet. Please use common sense and stay within the framework of the law.

 One can, CAN Make a Difference!

LARAS House is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. We rely on donations from you! One way the public helps us is by donating their aluminum cans and as you can see, we have A LOT of cans! This haul brought us over $230.00 to be used for the care of our orphaned animals. If you would like to donate your cans, you may drop them off at the shelter, 1517 Hwy 171 N in the receptacle by the front gate. Thank YOU for helping US help the animals!

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER CAN BE DEADLY

In the summer, the heat inside cars and trucks heats up quickly. When the temperature outside is 85, the temperature inside the vehicle (even with the windows slightly open) can reach 102 in ten minutes. Within 30 minutes, it can reach 120 degrees. An animal in a closed vehicle will develop heatstroke and eventually, its brain will literally “cook.” If you are thinking of taking your dog out with you, and leaving him in the car while you just run a simple errand-DON’T.  If you see an animal in heat distress in a car, notify law enforcement  IMMEDIATELY!

It Will Rain…Eventually

We haven’t seen much lately but there will come a day (soon, we hope!) that the skies will darken and BOOM! Your beloved dog begins to pant and pace around the house—her tail tucked between her legs. When the first crash of thunder hits, she bolts under a chair or hides in the closet. She remains there, trembling, until the storm passes. Sound familiar? If your dog (or cat) is scared of thunderstorms, don’t worry! We have some stellar advice from the ASPCA in helping her overcome this fear.

  • Human company often calms panicked dogs. If your calm, quiet touch brings comfort and security, take time to snuggle with your pet.
  • Try turning on some calming music, a TV or radio, or a fan to muffle storm noises. Shutting the drapes may also help if lightning frightens your dog.
    More active distractions may help, too. See if your dog will eat from a food-filled toy, scatter treats in the house for him to find, or try playing tug with his favorite toy.
  • Invest in wellness products. There are a number of products on the market that may help your pup remain calm during storms, including close-fitting body wraps, noise-reducing headphones, herbal remedies and medications. Talk to your vet about options.
  • Make sure it’s not a medical condition. If your adult dog has suddenly become afraid of storms, please start with a visit to your vet. A sick dog may be more sensitive to sounds, and no amount of behavior modification will help if your dog’s fear is due to a medical condition.
 
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6 Responses to Welcome

  1. James says:

    Like the new website!

  2. skeeter says:

    what a great job – I love just seeing what’s new each week.

  3. Edna Spracklen says:

    I like your new site. I love black dogs. I have four, all neutered and spayed.
    I also like seeing LARAS House on Facebook!

  4. Theresa Skipper says:

    Great job! Lots of good information.

  5. I am so glad that we got Lucky Sprinkles from ya’ll. She is wonderful. She wakes us up when our daughter sleepwalks or even has an asthma attack in her sleep. As you know all of our animals are adopted. The last one that we found dumped we have discovered is trained for the hearing impared. We just love adopting dogs.

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