Spay-ghetti Dinner To-Go & Online Auction

“Spay-ghetti Dinner To-Go & Online Auction” is happening!  The online auction is OPEN NOW and ready for the fun to start!

Access the auction here:  We have a little bit of everything – handmade quilts, collectibles, home decor, pet accessories, and more!  Bidding closes on October 14, 2021*.

On October 16, 2021, join us at the Taylor SPJST Hall from noon to 2pm, to pick-up your auction winnings and a spaghetti meal to-go.  All tickets sold in 2020 will be honored.  If you no longer have your ticket, email us at to be put on the guest list.  If you didn’t purchase a ticket, plates will be available the day-of for a $10 suggested donation.

Remember, this is a FUNdraiser and we can’t continue to help the animals in need without YOUR help and support!  So, bid often and bid HIGH!

Proceeds will help us continue our mission of providing for the urgent medical and preventive care of the shelter pets located at our local Taylor Animal Shelter, as well as spay/neuter services for community pets in need.

*Please note, you must create an account at Bidding Owl in order to place a bid.  Rest assured your information is always kept private and secure!

**If you prefer to have your item(s) shipped, or request other pick-up arrangements, indicate your selection at auction checkout.

July 4th Pet Safety Tips For You and Your Dogs and Cats

It’s that time of year – picnics, family, food and fireworks! It’s typically fun for all – unless you are a family pet. While many of us consider our pets to be part of the family, and we want to include them in our fun, some activities can be frightening, dangerous or even fatal to our beloved pets. Keep in mind that a dog’s sense of hearing is more than four times that of a human, and a cat can hear 1.6 octaves above the range of a human – so if it is loud for you, it can be extremely frightening for you pet. They don’t understand what is happening and will try to get away by any means – digging, climbing, running – even injuring themselves in the process. Below is a great infographic from PetFinder with a few tips to help you and your furry friend have a safe and enjoyable July 4th celebration – and many more pawsitively wonderful moments together. (And if you are thinking of adopting a pet this year, please check out a list of available pets on PetFinder.)
July 4th Pet Safety Tips for you and your dogs and cats


To Recap, Here are eight safety tips for this July 4th

  1. Be sure your pet is wearing up-to-date and visible ID tag on his or her collar at all times, and consider microchipping.
  2. Take a current photo of your pet just in case.
  3. Exercise your dog early in the day before the party begins.
  4. During cookouts, ask guests to play with your dog away from the flames.
  5. Keep charcoal, fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks far away from curious canines and felines.
  6. Keep dog treats on hand for those who want to give your pet food.
  7. Leave your dog at home with a frozen stuffed treat during the fireworks.
  8. If your dog is afraid of loud noises, leave gentle music playing to cover the fireworks.

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 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!