Posted by : July 27, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake open its doors 12 years ago to spay and neuter dogs and cats. More than 30,000 surgeries later, the clinic is still going strong.
Dallas veterinarian Dr. Glen Campbell comes to Gun Barrel City each Tuesday to perform the surgeries, and has been named one of the best vets in Dallas by D Magazine. He has been the veterinarian for the clinic since the day it opened.
Volunteers who have been with this clinic from the beginning and are still volunteering their time include Leslie Kelly, Cheryl Gee, Janice Hunt, Lou Wiley, Joy Simmons, Victoria Hamelin, Bill Storey and Toni Miles.
The affordable spay and neuter clinic is a non-profit charity and performs surgery one day a week by appointment only. The clinic is not a veterinary practice and is dependent on donations to stay open.
Prices for surgery range from $25 for a male cat to $65 for a giant breed female dog. The clinic also sells Activyl Plus for cats and dogs for flea control.
Spaying and neutering dogs and cats means fewer feral cats and dog packs roaming around and the community becomes better every day.
For those families for whom even this very low price of surgery is a strain, there are several grants to assist with the cost.
The Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City (Monday-Friday), Christian Life Center Food Pantry in Gun Barrel City (Tuesday/Thursday) or Athens Food Pantry (Monday-Friday) can provide a voucher for this surgery to those who qualify. A co-pay is requested.
The earlier a cat or dog is spayed or neutered, the healthier it will be later in life and the quicker they will recover from surgery. The clinic will perform surgery on animals as young as three months or three pounds.
The clinic can also microchip pets for just $20. Microchipping includes inserting a tiny microchip into the scruff of the pet’s neck. If the pet ever ends up at a shelter, the staff will scan him or her, find the owner’s number and the pet is returned home. No appointment is necessary for this quick procedure but it is only done between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. Only cash or check is accepted.
Flea season is here again and the clinic sells Activyl Plus. Don’t be fooled by products that are less expensive.
To make a surgery appointment or for volunteer information, call (903) 887-7387.
Posted by : July 24, 2014| On :
One-year program helps women get back on their feet
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Genesis Center in Kaufman Pastor Nancy Schoenle and Genesis Center resident Amanda spoke to Rotary Club members at the Cedar Creek Country Club July 18.
“The Genesis Center is a faith based, shelter for women and children,” Schoenle said.
“We have room for up to 44 residents. Currently, we have 33 women and 13 children,” she added.
The Genesis Center residents seek help and shelter to recover from domestic violence and chemical dependency.
During recovery, women must commit to a structured one-year program which includes regular counseling, working at the Genesis Center thrift store, Twice Around, and assisting with community activities such as painting nails, helping with Bingo at nursing homes and at the chamber of commerce.
“The Genesis Center does not receive any government funding or grants,” Schoenle said.
“Our thrift store provides 50 percent of our funding, and churches, individuals and our fundraisers provide the other half,” she added.
“We are about making them a success and being able to go farther,” Schoenle said.
The Genesis Center offers their services at no cost to the residents; however, residents must obey all the rules and take their recovery seriously.
“We are up at 6 a.m. and when we are not in classes, we are working at thrift store,” Amanda said.
“I am going to college and want to help others do something with their life,” she said.
Residents may work toward earning their GED and attend classes at TVCC during their stay.
On weekends, the residents have free time for movie night, games and relaxing.
“Some residents have never played games with their family before,” Schoenle said.
“When residents leave, many of them continue to have a family night,” she added.
“Years ago it felt like we were putting a Band-Aid on the problem. Now we have a high success rate and other shelters are asking us to help them implement our program,” Schoenle said.
“If our program is not making a substantial change, it is a waste of time,” she added.
Genesis Center classes are designed around the residents needs and provide essential skills in anger management, life skills, parenting and creating resumes.
The center provides a peaceful and safe environment with 24 hour supervision and camera monitoring in most areas of the facility.
The Genesis Center has added three new offices for their counselors, a new gym, daycare, prayer room and multipurpose room.
With the purchase of the property next door, the center moved their thrift store from the housing facility to make room for more residents.
“The Genesis Center taught me how to live and the support from the classes showed me what I needed to change in my life,” Amanda said.
“They go above and beyond to meet our needs physically, mentally and spiritually. They put us back on our feet,” she added.
Twice Around thrift store is open Monday-Saturday and sells appliances, clothing, books, at discount prices.
The Genesis Center also installed a new septic system which allowed for more bedrooms to be built. Within the next year or two, the center hopes to be able to take in more residents.
“We take in women from all different faiths. Nothing is forced upon anybody. The spiritual aspect helps with building self-esteem but it is not a condition to be there,” Schoenle said.
After graduating, residents may come back to the center to attend year-after-care programs, sit in on classes, and visit with counselors.
Posted by : July 20, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
TOOL–An inaugural Quarter Auction to benefit the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is set for 4-6 p.m. today (Sunday) at the former Optimist Hall in Seven Points.
The event is low-cost fun for the entire family, as products can be won for mere quarters. It is a cross between bingo and an auction with a lot of luck in the mix.
Participating vendors will feature their products in a marketplace, and each vendor will also offer four items up to the auction.
Bidding paddles are sold at the door for $2 each, with proceeds to benefit the animal shelter. Each vendor determines the number of quarters needed to bid on each item with a quarter value of about $10.
To qualify for the numerous door prizes, visitors get each vendor to sign off on their paper slip. No purchases are required. These slips are then deposited for drawings throughout the two-hour event.