Tractor Supply Adoption Event / Meet & Greet

Say Hello to the Kitties & the Crusaders

Join us this Saturday, September 17, 2016! Texas Critter Crusaders will be helping the Taylor Animal Shelter with an adoption event and meet and greet at Tractor Supply in Taylor, TX. Come out and meet some precious kitties available for adoption, say hello to the Crusaders, and find out what you can do to help the animals at Taylor Animal Shelter!

Pet Appreciation Week

The event is part of Tractor Supply Company’s big Pet Appreciation Week – 2016! Pet Appreciation Week will feature a main event on Saturday, Sept. 17, including in-store pet adoptions with community groups, $200 worth of prizes and giveaways in each store, and samples of select pet products. Learn more from the Tractor Supply Co.’s website, or just plan to stop by and see us!


Crusading for the Critters

Welcome to the Texas Critter Crusaders website! We are a small, passionate group of volunteers dedicated to helping fulfill the unmet needs of the animals at the Taylor, Texas, Animal shelter. We’re so excited to get this non-profit organization off the ground to help the animals!  The Taylor Animal shelter is a small, city-run shelter, and like many (most?) shelters in small rural towns, they have very limited resources.

aaweb_INSTA_DSC_5131-Dusty-faceThe staff and volunteers do an AMAZING job loving and caring for the animals that come into their care. As shelter volunteers ourselves, we saw a need and wanted to help even more. With the formation of this non-profit organization, we now have a way to help raise funds that are tax deductible for donors that can do even more to help with providing food, toys, medical care, outreach, education, and enrichment for the animals we all love.

We hope you’ll join us and get involved in a way that speaks to your heart. We’re just getting off the ground so we’ll need your help (and perhaps a bit of patience too) as we grow! Follow us and the Taylor Animal Shelter on social media, join us at events, contact us about volunteering, consider making a donation or any combination of all of those! The animals and the people who love them are eternally grateful!

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Spot gets his happily ever after . . . and a new name

Thanks to so many generous supporters, we were able to share the great news in March that we raised enough money to send Spot to school to help him get over his anxiety issues that he had developed after being at the shelter so long. We have an even better update to share with you now! The facility found an awesome new forever human for Spot and they’ve sent in this adorable photo of him. They are now calling him Oreo. He is very loved and we couldn’t be happier and more grateful to you for helping!

His adopter is completely in love despite him chewing up a pair of $120 Louis Vuitton shoes…He is now on gourmet dog food that his new human COOKS for him! His new human is now calling him Oreo! He loves sleeping in the bed with his new human and pushing his human in the middle of the night just so he can get directly in the middle!  😊❤️

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Oreo (formerly known as Spot) in his new forever home, on the bed with his toy! ♥


Spot Goes to School!

aweb_INSTA_DSC_2598-face-sqThanks to your generous support, Spot will be heading off to school to get much-needed training and other care to help him find a loving forever family. For those who haven’t met Spot yet, here’s a little about his story – and how your donations are helping him.

Spot is a beautiful, 8-year old male, Australian Shepherd/Border Collie Mix. He was abandoned by his owner almost a year ago! He has been with the Taylor Animal Shelter since July 6th, 2015.

The Taylor animal control officer and shelter manager contacted Spot’s owner who said she had moved from the area and planned on picking him up. Spot’s owner never returned to get him. After many attempts to contact the owner, we realized that he had been abandoned.

I think anyone who has ever spent time caring for shelter animals, in any role or capacity, can attest that from time to time you will meet certain ones with whom you feel an extra connection. Spot is one of those dogs for me. Many thanks to the caring hearts who will lead him home!

Some dogs develop behavior issues after being in a shelter environment for a long time, and Spot is one of those dogs who has just gotten very stressed out in this environment. Spot is a sweet boy but after having spent so long in a stressful shelter environment after being abandoned by the only owner he has known, he needs some training to help him overcome some behavior issues that he has developed. Even though the shelter staff and volunteers love him very much and have spent as much time with him as possible, the shelter is a very stressful place to be.

He needs training to let him know that things CAN be OK again and to help us help him find a REAL forever home. K9 Mastery has agreed to take Spot for extensive training, but he needs $2,500 to attend. Because this is a small, municipal (city run) shelter funded by a very limited small town budget in a tiny, rural town, the funds just aren’t there to help special needs animals.

There is something about Spot that speaks to me. He is absolutely adorable.

K9 Mastery is an amazing facility with amazing trainers! Thanks to YOUR support, we’ve raised the full amount (and a little extra) to be able to send Spot to K9 Mastery! ♥ The tuition will cover training, boarding, vetting (neuter, shots, well-care) and helping find the perfect forever person for Spot.

K9 Mastery is located at 414 Walnut Creek Rd, Bastrop, Texas 78602. If you would like to know more about the Taylor Animal Shelter, please visit them at their Facebook page.

Thank you so much for helping us help Spot!