Author Archive | Mandi Lovett

226,460 Strays Prevented

Our in-house surgery clinic is making a remarkable impact on Houston’s stray overpopulation problem! At Houston Pets Alive!, every animal is spayed or neutered by our team, and it costs us $71.25 per surgery. In 2019, spay/neuter surgeries amounted to a whopping total of $105,663.75. We need 2,000 animal lovers like you to sponsor a single surgery […]

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From the ED, December 2019

As 2019 winds down, think about what an important year this has been.  It was the start of a new chapter for HPA! when all your hard work and commitment paid off!! But 2020 is just days away and HPA! has a bright future ahead!  I hope you’re as excited as I am!  With your […]

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Nebula, her 9 puppies, and 15 kittens, need you to help them get spayed/neutered

Mama Nebula, her 9 adorable puppies, and 15 cute kittens are waiting their turn to be spayed and neutered today in our in-house surgery center, led by our amazing on-staff veterinarian, Dr. Amanda Hanna. Spays/neuters are absolute vital surgeries to prevent unwanted pregnancies amongst the pet population. Houston Pets Alive! includes the spay/neuter surgery in […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Tacy Smith

Tacy Smith of Missouri City, TX has been a volunteer for Houston Pets Alive! Thrift since August 2018 when she read about the store’s opening in the newspaper, and she has since become a volunteer store supervisor!  How did you originally hear about HPA!? When purchasing items in PetSmart, I noticed HPA!’s cats, which were […]

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Barbie Has Stomatitis and Needs Your Help!

Have you ever experienced pain while eating? Hopefully not. But imagine having to feel any level of discomfort in an act so vital to live, an act done multiple times a day. Barbie has feline stomatitis, which is severe, painful inflammation of a cat’s mouth and gums. Dental disease, certain viruses, and some other inflammatory conditions […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Suzanne Martin

Suzanne Martin of Houston, TX started volunteering with HPA! in April 2014, way back in our organization’s infancy! From the start, Suzanne has spearheaded cat care at our pet store partners, where she contributes so much more than just cat care! How did you originally hear about HPA!? My friend, Lin Phillips, started the Dunvale […]

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Featured Pet: Dobby

Dobby is a 1-year old lab mix and incredibly loyal. Just like his house elf namesake, he’s right by your side in times of need. He’s very playful and energetic and can get very excited! In fact, he likes cats a little too much, so a catless household would suit him best. Kids and other […]

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Featured Pet: Janice

Janice is a 7 year-old American bulldog mix, but a total puppy at heart! She LOVES to fetch, so much so that once she’s got the ball she’ll want to keep it forever… or at least until you throw another one!  In fact, she loves to play ball so much, her signature look is a […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Clark

Emily Clark of Houston, TX (Montrose) started volunteering with HPA! at the cat facility just days after Hurricane Harvey hit. Now, she’s transitioned from the cat facility to multiple volunteer areas, including fostering kittens, transporting cats and dogs, and store supervising as well as managing social media for HPA! Thrift. How did you originally hear […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lynn Pauwels

Lynn Pauwels of Houston, TX has been volunteering and fostering with HPA! since September 2017.  Starting out with dog care, Lynn is now a foster, volunteers at events and HPA! Thrift, assists behind the scenes answering emails and applications, and manages private HPA! Facebook groups. How did you originally hear about HPA!? Hurricane Harvey news. Why did […]

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Introducing Pennies for Pets

We’re seeking 100 people like you to pledge their Pennies for Pets. Not $100. Not $10. Not $1. Just pennies. HPA!’s “Pennies for Pets” program gives you the opportunity to round up your credit or debit purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the pennies to HPA! For example, when you spend $12.87, just $0.13 will […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Beth Shoaf

Beth Shoaf of Richmond, TX (originally from Lafayette, IN), has volunteered with HPA! since just after Hurricane Harvey hit. Since, she has volunteered in almost every corner of HPA! and is now focusing her volunteer efforts in our medical clinic for surgeries. How did you originally hear about HPA!? I was out of state when […]

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14 Pups Need Your Help to Find Forever Homes in Washington!

If you can believe it, there are cities that simply don’t have the overabundance of available pets that we have here in Houston. Transport provides these precious pups with an opportunity to find their forever homes much quicker out-of-state. Rosie, Woody, Landon, Liberty, Morgan, Ameera, Jazzy Jane, Quinn, Sassy, Belle, Sherlock, Saul, Bro, and Nala […]

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Help! Seuss Needs Shoulder Surgery!

  Seuss is a cute 2 year-old hound mix, and he has OCD.  No, not the kind you’re thinking, but Osteochondritis Dissecans, a painful congenital cartilage disorder and inflammatory condition that occurs when diseased cartilage separates from the underlying bone. Seuss also has some muscle atrophy where his OCD is in his right shoulder. The good news? […]

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Chloe: Did This Neonatal Make It?

“I remember it was a late night pickup on a Wednesday. I was notified there’s a singleton 3-week-old kitten in need, and I agreed to take her. Chloe was skinny, quiet, missing a couple patches of hair, covered with fleas, and most alarmingly NOT swallowing any KMR I offered her. I had to force feed […]

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Nearly 3,000 lives saved in 2018!

Because of you, in 2018 Houston Pets Alive! saved nearly 3,000 lives from euthanasia. 2,932 to be exact!  That’s more than the combined number of lives HPA! has saved since inception in 2015, making the total number of HPA! lives saved an incredible 5,527.  Cheers to you! You gave the gift of life to neonatal kittens […]

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Poor Seamus was stranded outside and now has Parvo, a potentially deadly disease

Seamus’ previous owners had kept him outside, never provided any veterinary care, and waited until Seamus could no longer even stand before finally surrendering him to BARC. Seamus ended up on the euthanasia list, and we pulled him right off it to save his life.  His life, however, was–and is–still in jeopardy. Seamus is sick […]

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Help Binky See Again!

Can you imagine losing your eyesight?! Binky, HPA!’s dear chihuahua mix, has cherry eye, bilateral corneal ulcers, decreased tear production, and probable infections.  Our on-staff veterinarian has treated Binky as much as she can thus far, with surgery being the likely next step.  However, before HPA! treats Binky with surgery, we need an ophthalmologist to […]

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Dolly’s CT Scan Results

Thanks to your generous donations, a CT scan was recently performed on Dolly to help determine the cause of her constant nose bleeding and various other symptoms. While her nose bleeding seems to have somewhat subsided, the CT scan identified a large mass in her sinus.  A great sample was biopsied and sent to the […]

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Dolly Waits Patiently for CT Scan

Dolly continues to have a constant nose bleed, the official cause of which is still unconfirmed. Her pathology came back inconclusive, so a CT Scan this week or next will be the determining factor in figuring out if she has a cancerous tumor. While she is under, a deeper sample may be obtained for another […]

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Ten Reasons To Adopt Two Cats

We don’t have to tell you that adding a cat to your family is an incredibly rewarding experience, but have you ever though about doubling the fun? Two kitties are better than one and we have 10 reasons why: 10. Cats help lower risk of severe health problems. 9. One cat can become lonely and […]

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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

America’s favorite and loudest holiday is right around the corner. You’ve bought the fireworks, food, and patriotic outfits, but you’re not done with your holiday prep. Fireworks may be awe-inspiring to you, but they’re frightening to your pet, so be sure to take these extra precautions. More pets run away from home during this holiday than […]

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Houston comes together to save ill pup

A dog that had barely reached her first birthday was fighting for her life, again. We had already saved her from imminent euthanasia at a local municipal animal shelter, but now we needed to save her from illness. After we noticed Daisy having trouble breathing and eating, we rushed her to the animal hospital. Veterinarians […]

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Puppy Bowl finds forever homes for dozens

The New England Paw-triots defeated the Pup-delphia Eagles in the Houston Puppy Bowl I. The Paw-triots dragged more toys to their side of the field. Houston Pets Alive! hosted the adoption event at Dogwood Houston. Brady, the quarterbark for New England, and Gronk, their tail end, were an unstoppable team. The puppies wore adorable uniforms […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: All Risks Houston

In conjunction with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Week of Giving, All Risks Houston headed out to volunteer with Houston Pets Alive! on Friday, October 20, 2017. All Risks is the largest independent wholesale insurance broker in the country, and they are dedicated to giving back to communities through their employees. Paige Addison, Brokerage Underwriter […]

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Kat Saves Kittens And Adopts Their Mama

Festering in her house while the streets flooded during and post Hurricane Harvey, Kathleen “Kat” McFadden began researching agencies she could work with that would be most impactful to the community. When she finally managed to get out of her driveway, Kat headed over to Houston Pets Alive! (HPA!) because it was closest agency and […]

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