Save local animals this holiday seasonFree Access

Rebecca Pesqueda

Staff Writer

With the Christmas Holidays around the corner, many Atascosa County residents may be searching for something charitable to do before the year comes to an end. There are many animals in the county that need saving and one animal rescue group needs your help in doing just that in various ways.

The Atascosa Animal Allies, Inc. is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that enhances the quality of life for stray or surrendered Atascosa County animals. They provide veterinary care, fostering, rehabilitation and placement in forever homes. The group has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. In coordination with the Pleasanton Police Department’s Animal Control Division, the organization has vaccinated 28 dogs and heart-worm tested 14 dogs and cats that went to the Humane Society in North Texas by the group’s transport on December 9. To date, a total of 39 dogs and cats have been pulled from the shelter and an additional 11 community dogs have been rescued. Atascosa Animal Allies has made huge progress in the realm of local animal control and care as a result of working with the Pleasanton Animal Control Division. With only 19 volunteers, the organization could use more help with the saving of Atascosa animals. They are in desperate need of establishing additional people to foster animals prior to them being transported to rescue groups up north or to be adopted out locally. In addition, there are numerous costs and efforts associated with animal rescue. Funding is needed for vet care, vaccinations, medications, spaying/neutering and other materials such as collars, leashes, cleaning materials and crates for transporting animals.

You can make monetary donations via the “Atascosa Animal Allies, Inc.” Facebook page by clicking the “Donate” button, no additional fees. Checks can be made out to “Atascosa Animal Allies, Inc.” and mailed to Caron Tuttle, 204 Liberty Lane, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

For more information about the organization, please contact Caron Tuttle at 830-570-7068 or Cindy Vickers at 830-570-6362.

Santa Falkor was adopted by Allison and Taylor Perk from an Austin rescue shelter in 2014.

One response to “Save local animals this holiday season”

  1. SUE SAMSEL says:

    Thank you for the great article on saving our local dogs and cats!
    Atascosa Animal Allies is especially appreciative of the Pleasanton Express’s community involvement and support.
    Let’s hope that the public hears the message!

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