Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather together, and while cats at a Houston shelter wait for the day when they will have a forever pet parent to love they enjoyed the chance to savor a taste of what family life will be like with a holiday meal served up by a pet resort.
Staff at Rover Oaks Pet Resort locations in Houston and Katy, Texas spent days roasting turkeys for adoptables at Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), a non-profit which has been rescuing and rehoming companion animals in need since 1972. The Rover Oaks tradition of a Turkey Day celebration for dogs and cats, which began in 2007 with pet resort co-founders Joy Lee and Steve Smith providing Thanksgiving meals to companion animals temporarily in their care, expanded in 2010 to bringing a bit of home during the holiday season to homeless animals at CAP.
The company’s seasonal mission holds a lot of meaning for Lee, a long-time volunteer with the organization. “When you see the loving care that our clients give their pet companions each day, it breaks your heart to know that thousands of wonderful shelter pets won’t enjoy that same happiness this Thanksgiving. We wanted to do something special for the pets at CAP and give them a holiday treat, too.”
Making any time the most wonderful time of the year for our pals with paws, since its start in 2006 Rover Oaks Katy (which offers doggie daycare, lodging, pet grooming and and professional training to their canine clientele) has aided CAP’s efforts to find pet parents for hundreds of dogs. Many of the pups have also been pampered by staff at the pet resort with full makeovers, and in some cases have even received training to help them make the transition from shelter life to life in a forever home. Co-owner Steve Smith states: “We strongly encourage everyone to visit the animals at CAP and consider adoption, volunteering or donating to this great organization.”
Photos Courtesy Rover Oaks Pet Resort