Logo, Emerald Eyes Animal Sanctuary, Inc. - Animal Shelter

(979) 798-2893
20527 N Highway 36
Brazoria, TX  77422

SERVICES:

Therapy Dog Service

This is Pixie. She will be our therapy dog. Currently she is in training
for her AKC Canine Good Citizen Award. She will be evaluated, and once
she passes her test, we are off to bring joy to those around us!

Pet Sitting Service
Shortly our organization will be performing pet sitting services. We will gladly come to your home to care for your pets. We do not do overnight stays, but we do up to three extended visits a day with a lot of play time and attention.  We feed, medicate, brush, clean, vacuum, bring in your mail and water your plants! We are extremely concerned with pet safety. You will be required to sign a contract for our services. We do not care for large animals. We mainly care for cats and dogs, as that is our area of expertise. We are bonded and insured and references are available upon request. Please contact us at any time should you require our services. We truly understand what is means to have someone trustworthy and responsible in your home.  We have all been there. Whether you are going on vacation, or need our services due to your work schedule, we will be more than happy to help out so that you may have a worry-free existence!

EDUCATION:

Spaying and Neutering

Did you know that spaying and neutering your pets can actually give them a healthier, longer life?

Spaying and neutering your dog can reduce the risk of breast cancer and uterine problems in females and the risk of testicular and prostate cancer in males. Spaying your cat may reduce her risk of certain cancers as well.

There is less chance your male cat will want to wander and get into fights if he is neutered. Fighting among male cats can lead to the contraction of feline AIDS if bitten by an infected male. Most likely neutering will stop your cat from spraying as well.

Spaying and neutering is crucial in order to reduce pet overpopulation. Approximately four million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters in the United States each year. Just think how many of these would have made wonderful, loving pets. It is such a waste of life.

The quote below is from Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as quoted in "Pet Talk", found at http://www.cvm.tamu.edu/news/pettalk/neuter.html.

"If we let one dog and all their offspring breed uncontrolled for six years we would have 78,000 puppies and if we did the same with cats we would have 76,000 kittens born within the same period.

It is so important to be a responsible pet owner in every aspect of your pet's life. Having a pet is a huge commitment but one well worth it. I have seen cats live to be 22 years old. That is quite a long time to have a companion who loves you unconditionally. Don't you agree?

 

Declawing

The following article was written by Veterinarian, Dr. Christianne Schelling. If you are considering declawing your cat, please read this:

First, you should know that declawing is pretty much an American thing, it's something people do for their own convenience without realizing what actually happens to their beloved cat. In England declawing is termed "inhumane" and "unnecessary mutilation." I agree. In many European countries it is illegal. I applaud their attitude.

Before you make the decision to declaw your cat, there are some important facts you should know. Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Wheelchairs and bedpans are not an option for a cat.

No cat lover would doubt that cats--whose senses are much keener than ours--suffer pain. They may, however, hide it better. Not only are they proud, they instinctively know that they are at risk when in a weakened position, and by nature will attempt to hide it. But make no mistake. This is not a surgery to be taken lightly.

Your cat's body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility and beauty that is unique to felines. Its claws are an important part of this design. Amputating the important part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the conformation of their feet. The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors.

I have also had people tell me that their cat's personality changed after being declawed, although the medical community does not recognize this as a potential side effect.

Okay, so now you realize that declawing is too drastic a solution, but you're still concerned about keeping your household furnishings intact. Is there an acceptable solution? Happily, the answer is yes. A big, joyful, humane YES! Actually there are several. The following website "Cat Scratching Solutions" provides many solutions as well as insight into the psychology of why cats scratch. You can teach your cat to use a scratching post (sisal posts are by far the best). You can trim the front claws. You can also employ aversion methods. One of the best solutions I've found is Soft Paws®.

Soft Paws are lightweight vinyl nail caps that you glue on the cat's front claws. They're great for households with small children and are extremely useful for people who are away from home all day and can't exercise the watchfulness necessary to train a cat to use a scratching post. Soft Paws® are easy to apply and last about four to six weeks. They come in clear or colors--which are really fun. Now that's a kitty manicure! The colored caps look spiffy on Tabby or Tom and have the added advantage of being more visible when one finally comes off. Then you simply replace it. You can find Soft Paws® on the web, or call 1-800-989-2542. You need to remember, though, that the caps and nail trimming should only be used on indoor cats who will not be vulnerable to the dangers of the outdoors.

Here at the sanctuary we absolutely agree with Dr. Schelling. We believe that we adopt animals on their terms and accept them for who they are, not on our terms and try to change who they are. Think about it. It is like saying "I want a dog, but I don't want a dog that barks". Cats were made to scratch, and dogs were made to bark. It is who they are.