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  • 12/15 Flu Shots

    The staff and board of the Highland Lakes SPCA of Spicewood took the time out to say thanks to all their volunteers. It is easy to say that you can't run this wonderful dog shelter without the help of volunteers, but just saying that hardly describes the appreciation the staff and board have for their helpers.  We know it gets said almost on a daily basis, not only at this shelter, but others as well.  Anyone who tries to run a successful shelter for any type of animal knows you can't do it alone, and you sure can't afford to pay for everything that needs to be done.

 

Highland Lakes SPCA (HLSPCA) started out with no paid staff and operated that way for many years.  Many of the original volunteers remain today.  When the time came to increase the number of available dogs for adoption and improve the accommodations for the dogs it became clear that there were just not enough volunteers to fill all the needs.  As other shelters in our area will tell you, there is never enough funding to pay for a full staff.  Thank goodness for volunteers everywhere and especially at HLSPCA.  As many of us begin to age out, younger people are always encouraged to join the volunteers.

 

To properly thank the volunteers, the staff and board prepared a wonderful meal of enchiladas, beans, guacamole, corn dip, rice and an assortment of desserts. I must say that the enchiladas prepared by the staff were absolutely the best I have eaten.  Caressa Gray, Interim Manager for the shelter, remarked that she and her staff wanted the food to be great for the volunteers.  They really succeeded.

 

Several awards were presented to outstanding volunteers.  Vicki Whitehead, long-time volunteer, received a "top dog" award for her incredible service presenting the dogs at Petsmart and other facilities.  Vicki has never wavered from this responsibility and has been doing this for several years.  Each and every Saturday she rounds up volunteers and takes dogs to show the public.  Her actions have resulted in many adoptions.  She also helps pick out dogs from kill shelters to bring to HLSPCA  and works a shift each week to help out with the dog care.   Bill Lundberg was also honored and has been with HLSPCA since it's inception.  He spends enough hours working at the shelter to be called a full-time employee but receives no pay.  Bill performs duties such as mowing, building pens, facility repair and volunteer training.  He and his wife Ann are extremely generous to HLSPCA as are Vick and her husband Randy.

 

Maggie Jedlicka presented outgoing president, Randy Whitehead, with a surprise.  Each board member, Debbie Bindseil, Rick Norwood, Marta Norwood, Sharon Jenkins, Vickie Cody and Jeanne Gillen presented Randy with a new golf ball.  Mark Ocker, Cindy Ocker, Jeannette Murphy and Bill Lundberg, all former board members, also came forth with a ball each.  Maggie Jedlicka followed up with two balls.  Each person who presented Randy a golf ball took the time to say a few words.  The problem with these mini speeches is that some of them should not have been repeated.  You can use your imagination here, but all were in good faith and fun.  Randy has service on the board for three years.  New president Sharon Jenkins will begin her tenure this month.

Highland Lakes SPCA Honors Volunteers

by Martha Norwood, contributor to The Highlander, Marble Falls.

May 26, 2017.

  • 05/17 Volunteers

HLSPCA to Inoculate Against Canine Flu Virus

December 23, 2015.

With the recent articles in the area news about a strain of canine flu virus on the march in northern parts of Central Texas in the Round Rock area, Highland Lakes SPCA decided to investigate to see if action was required to ensure the health and well being of their rescued dogs.   The H3N2 strain is contagious amongst dogs and although death is rare, the treatment, recovery and prevention can be time-consuming and costly.  "We had a lot of consultations with our own veterinarians at Hope Animal Clinic [of Marble Falls] to understand the full ramifications of this flu", said Randy Whitehead, President of HLSPCA.  "After more discussion with our Kennel Manager and then the board, we decided to inoculate all of our dogs.  It basically came down to doing what is best for the animals."  He further noted that the rescued dogs are seen out in public frequently at adoption events, are socially active amongst themselves, and are introduced to interested new parents with their own pets and HLSPCA's Meet and Greet sessions, a step in the adoption process. Mr. Whitehead further noted, "We're not only thinking of our own dogs, we are thinking of their new adopters.  We want everybody to start off with the best possible beginning."

 

See NBC Affiliate/KXAN News: New Strain of Highly Contagious Dog Flu in Central Texas.

 

More.  Note H3N2 is not to be confused with H3N8, another canine flu virus.  See HLSPCA's Education section: Canine Flu Viruses.

 

 

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