According to the ASPCA, "in just seven years, one unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens; one unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce 97,000 puppies."
Our mission is to educate the students and families of Elmore Elementary School about proper pet care, connect families with low-cost resources and help, and provide financial assistance as needed. Spaying and neutering as many pets as possible is top priority, followed by heartworm prevention, vaccines, education about how to take care of a pet properly, and occasionally the rescue of a critically ill stray.
Barrio Dogs, Inc. has graciously offered to keep and allocate our funds, as our mission closely aligns with theirs. We will also be seeking guidance from them as this program unfolds. Donations will go directly to them, but will be held separately from their general funds.
Elmore Pet Project started with a mange-infested dog (nicknamed “Clive”) who showed up at the doors of Elmore Elementary School in October 2018. The staff who helped Clive began to notice that this was not an isolated incident: there are many owned and stray dogs in need of vet attention and proper care throughout Settegast, the area surrounding our school. This is by no means a unique situation - the plight of neglected pets is widespread in Houston and many other areas - but because of Elmore's strong relationship with the community, we have the opportunity to enact change in Settegast.