November is “Adopt a Senior” month and we’ve got a special senior located at the City Of Taylor, Texas Animal Shelter looking for his forever family. His name is Sully. He was found at the tennis courts in Murphy Park and has been at the shelter since July 19. The fur on his neck was worn like he had a collar on at some point so he definitely belonged to someone. Sadly, nobody claimed him.
Sully began to show signs of an illness that included weight loss and coughing, as well as a fainting episode. So the shelter staff reached out to us for help and we had Graef Veterinary Hospital check him out. Of course he’s heart worm positive, as most dogs that enter the shelter are. But his cough was being caused by fluid accumulation in his lungs; something similar to pneumonia. They also found that he has a heart murmur and an enlarged heart. It’s hard to tell if those issues are caused by the heartworm infection or if they were pre-existing conditions since there is no way to tell how many worms a dog is infected with unless you subject them to open heart surgery which he is definitely not healthy enough for. Xrays also revealed that his abdomen was filled with nothing but gas which would explain why he was losing weight despite being fed a very healthy serving every day. No blockages though, so food was basically going right through him.
After consulting with the vet we came to the conclusion that Sully was not a candidate for neuter surgery or heartworm treatment at this time. All we could do was treat him for the fluid in his lungs with antibiotics. Our best guess on his age is between 10 and 15 years. While at the shelter, he has become increasingly stressed. To the point that while he is definitely potty trained (keeps his kennel spotless) and enjoys being indoors, he HATES having to go back in his kennel.
BUT after changing his food to a more digestion friendly formula, he’s begun to put some of that weight back on! He’s not done yet! SULLY WANTS TO LIVE HIS BEST LIFE!
If you can give Sully an inside home that is somewhat calm (he faints when he gets overly excited) where he can live out his life, please contact the Taylor Animal Shelter at 512-352-5483 or send us a message. A meet and greet with your dog(s) prior to him going home with you is required as well as proof of spay, no exceptions. Once he’s settled in after a month or two, we’ll have him re-evaluated at our vet (no cost to you) to see if there has been any change in his prognosis. Since this is a situation where he likely won’t be able to undergo any treatment for his conditions, Texas Critter Crusaders will be there to help with any medical costs his health may require.
Please share this so we can get Sully out of the shelter for how ever much time he has left.
Update on Scooter! His surgery went well but he will spend the weekend at Sam Bass Veterinary Wellness for a little added care before he goes home on Monday. We want to thank every one of you that help us to get treatment for the pets in our community when they need it most. We could not do this without you all. Thanks to everyone that shared, donated and prayed for sweet Scooter! Thank you so so much!
PREVIOUS UPDATES: Scooter’s surgery was successful thanks to everyone that donated, shared and prayed for him. Thank you all so very much for your continued support of the pets in our community! <3. Please check our page for a special message from Scooter’s dad.
This is Scooter. He was found last night after being hit by a car on HWY 79 / 2nd St. City Of Taylor, Texas Animal Shelter ACO picked him up, made him as comfortable as possible over night, and took him to Graef Veterinary Hospital this morning to be checked out. His leg is broken and will require pins and a plate to repair it. This is not a surgery they are able to do locally. While we were figuring out our next move to save Scooter’s leg, his owner was found. Yay, what a relief! Except he’s going through a really rough patch himself and needs our help. Sam Bass Veterinary Wellness is willing to help us repair Scooter’s leg (as opposed to amputating it). His owner is desperate to help him as he’s all he’s got right now. You guys have always come through for the animals in our community in a big way and we’re hoping you can help us rally for Scooter now. Any amount helps and, as always, please share far and wide so we can raise the funds to help Scooter keep his leg. Thanks in advance!
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.
The 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!