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Thanks For Your Support #BettyWhiteChallenge

Thanks For Your Support #BettyWhiteChallenge

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Thursday, 13 January 2022
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Thanks to everyone that supported the Sun Radio Foundation yesterday for the #BettyWhiteChallenge on what would’ve been Betty’s 100th birthday!

Sun Radio was able to raise $2,025, with half of those donations going to support PAWS Shelter Of Central Texas!

This is one of the many reasons to support the Sun Radio Foundation–We directly support those in our community💚

Donate to Sun Radio anytime at SunRadio.com and click the green “Donate” button.

For more about PAWS, check out Kevin Connor’s interview here:

About PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

In 1985 Mariam Mc Coy from the McCoys lumber company, a huge animal lover, discovered that there was no place for stray or abandoned animals to go within Hays County.  She decided to take matters into her own hands when she called to find out about a stray and they told her “Well we can send the sheriff out to shoot it”.  Miriam was devasted and knew she had to make a change for helpless abandoned, neglected animals in Hays County.

She and her husband Emmett Mc Coy secured a piece of property on FM 150 from the City of Kyle at an incredible price and they began the planning of the existing Kyle Facility. The building was completed in Oct 1986 and the formation of PAWS Shelter opened its doors.  PAWS acted as the only animal shelter in all of Hays County until the inception of the San Marcos Animal Shelter in 2004.  PAWS serviced all of Hays County for the first 18 years. In 2010 39 acres of beautiful hill country land was donated by Shirley Alexander a retired UT professor.  The PAWS Board got busy raising fund to build our Dripping Springs Campus which opened in 2018.   PAWS Shelter solely supported all of Hays County Texas from 1986 thru 2005. We took in strays, owner surrenders and abandoned animals for citizens of Hays County for 18 years.  In 2005 the PAWS Board decided to work toward a no kill mission and cut ties with the municipalities that we supported. This is when the San Marcos Animal Shelter was built and opened, however they were euthanizing animals for space at 65% due to space issues.   

PAWS’ Mission “PAWS Shelter of Central Texas (PAWS) was founded in Kyle, Texas in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization providing care and love to homeless, abandoned, and abused animals in Central Texas. We are a no-kill shelter that believes in second chances! At PAWS, companion animals are given medical attention, care, and love for however long it takes for us to find them a loving home.”

Since 2005 PAWS Shelter has taken in hundreds of stray dogs and owner surrenders and at-risk dogs from Central Texas. Our average intake is close to 2000 per year and the adoptions are over 1900. 

PAWS diligently works to pull at risk animals from many of the City Shelters all over Central Texas that are on the euthanize list for space.

PAWS also operates 3 cat rooms in South Austin, Kyle and San Marcos. These cat adoption centers allow us to get pets out into the community for adoption in a retail environment.  

PAWS has many programs that are available at both of their Kyle and Dripping Springs facilities:

  • They offer their dog “warranty” whish offer adopters training options during transition into their home which is funded through grant programs
  • Their Canines who care programs is a visiting dog therapy team that visits nursing homes, children’s reading programs attend events to promote PAWS Shelter
  • Their Cell Dog program allows them to send their behavior dogs through a 12-week program teaching the dogs basic behaviors and manners.  It is a win win for both the offenders and the canines.
  • A local food bank to assist folks struggling to feed their animals.
  • The Village Store volunteer program that turns volunteer hours into cash for PAWS monthly and supports approximately 750 animals a year through this program
  • A surgery center to service all of their animals and they are now assisting other rescue groups to help them with a low cost spay and neuter program.
  • A huge foster program allowing them to save kittens and puppies along with senior dogs or dogs that cannot live in the shelter environment
  • Volunteers that come to both locations and offer dog walking, bathing, playing and to give enrichment to the dogs to relieve daily stress of Kennel life

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