Wonderful Volunteers of Lifeline

By Linda Elissalde
LIFELINE of Galveston County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by 100% volunteers. Located in Southeast Texas, their mission is to end the killing of companion animals in Galveston County by promoting and providing resources, education, and programs that save lives and transform animal welfare in our community. There are not enough shelters to take care of all pets, so many end up being euthanized. LIFELINE is currently assisting members caring for community cats. Community cats include feral, outdoor cats and more.

These helpful folk provide “safety-net” programs for homeless pets most at risk of dying in county shelters. What about cats that are not necessarily adoptable? LIFELINE comes to an area along with Veterinary Services that provide rabies shots, FVRCP vaccinations to protect from 3 contagious feline diseases and ear tip to show they are a stray cat that has been spayed or neutered. Cats are then returned to their place of origin. Sometimes these cats are fed by friendly neighbors or form their own groups.

It was my pleasure to visit with volunteers who made the long trip, including a ferry ride over the pond, to help out on Bolivar Peninsula. What wonderful folk they all were! Caroline McKenna arranged this gathering. Delightful Cherri Stanley explained how non-profit PETS OVERPOPULATION PREVENTION SOCIETY (POPS) were on the premise to spay and neuter feral cats that community helpers trapped.

Field Director Michelle Allee and Administrative Director Jennifer Jones

Field Director Michelle Allee and Administrative Director Jennifer Jones happily shared information about how LIFELINE works to save the lives of our feline and canine friends. What an uplifting experience it was to meet and listen to such enthusiastic volunteers. LIFELINE is supported by grants and donations. If you need any assistance with community cats, you can find a form at www.lifelinetx.org/need-assistance.

FYI: Fifty-eight (58) feral cats from Bolivar Peninsula were spayed/neutered, given FVRCP vaccinations, rabies shots and ear tipped. Fourteen (14) of them were found near THE BIG STORE. We are all so grateful for those WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS OF LIFELINE!

[LCE: Jan-24-2023]

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