Local Foundation Seeks Perfect Pet Companions

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Some cats and dogs are ready to put on a new leash on life thanks to the Woodstock Animal Foundation of Texas. On Saturday, the group hosted its annual weekly pet adoption clinic at Petco.

The foundation's Director of Membership Haven Hein says the group is continuing with their goal to find surrendered pets and strays good companions.

"We started here as a group of vet students who wanted to help good dogs who were coming in the vet clinic and they wanted to give them new homes," Hein said.

When animals are placed into Woodstock's care, Hein says, they are immediately checked and treated for medical conditions.

"We make sure they are all spayed and neutered," Hein said. "They need to be up-to-date on all of their shots."

In addition, before any of the cats and dogs are put up for adoption they are implanted with a microchip that will help locate them if they become lost.

However, Woodstock does not stop there. Hein says the foundation goes a step further and enhances the animals' social skills.

"We have the advantage of having all of our animals stay in foster homes rather than going to a shelter," Hein said.

They undergo house, crate, and basic obedience training.

"You don't have to worry about chewing as much," Hein said. "We work through a lot of the puppy stages."

After adoption, volunteers facilitate the first meeting between your new pet and the other pets you already have at home. New owners have the opportunity to voice concerns about the initial reactions of the animals.

The foundation operates largely on donations it receives. Hein says Woodstock goes the extra mile because it wants to ensure the animals are the companions people want to keep forever.

Woodstock hosts its pet adoption clinic every Saturday at Petco in College Station from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You must be at least 20 years old or have parental permission to fill out an adoption application.

For more information about the Woodstock Animal Foundation of Texas call (979) 690-9530 or click on the link provided below.