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Week of April 27, 2015





Spring is in the air and, as usual, severe weather came with it.  The Red Cross recommends everyone make plans, which incorporate pets, for natural disasters.  Visit its website for great suggestions and resources.  Then, consider these additional ideas to protect your pets. 


The National Weather Service can help you decide where to go for safety in a tornado.  If the safest place is a community shelter, check its pet policies in advance.  Once you know where to go, practice getting there with your pets.  Many pets fear wind and thunder, making obstacles such as steep stairs or confined spaces even more challenging.  Practice will make you and your pet more confident so that everyone can get to safety as quickly as possible under pressure.   


Download a weather app to your mobile devices that will alert you to weather warnings for your area.  

Review your "lights out" emergency equipment and consider including an emergency mobile phone charger.  Keep in mind that, if you need food and water, so will your pets.  Stock up on kibble and bottled water such that you have enough to last several days.  Spring is the wrong time to procrastinate grocery shopping.  The last thing you want is to run out of Toto's favorite chicken stew the night an F5 tornado visits the grocery store.  If your pet requires a special diet or medications, have plenty on hand by refilling pet prescriptions sooner.  Insurance companies control when humans can refill.  But usually they are not in the loop on pet prescriptions, so you have more flexibility.  If your pet has complicated medical needs, consider talking with your vet about a disaster preparation plan. 


Make sure your "bunker" will be sufficiently comfortable and support all biological functions for several hours, even overnight.  Keep a spare pet bed, some puppy pads and some poop bags handy.  And before letting your pup enjoy the long awaited relief of the back yard, pause a moment to make sure that the fence hasn't blown down and that broken glass and live electric wires aren't littering your lawn.  Better a little pee on the floor than a loose, scared dog. 


If you have a pet that is fearful in bad weather, consider stocking your bunker with a Thunder Shirt or (with your vet's guidance) herbal remedies such as Rescue Remedy.  Some dogs need to be leashed so that you can keep them within your safe area (and your safe area might lose a wall).  A hidey hole like a crate can be comforting and can keep your pet from getting away from your safe spot.  If you have extra space under your stairs, Toto might really appreciate a built in dog house that he can turn to for quiet safety, even if you're not home. 


Severe weather despises convenience and will almost certainly strike one day when you're at work.  Give some thought to whether a responsible adult can return home to care for the pets.  If that isn't possible, talk to a neighbor who is retired or works from home about whether they can help get your pets to safety.  Make sure you know the forecast before leaving for work so that you can make any possible arrangements.  Kitties can often spend a day in an interior bathroom or perhaps you can plan to make it a short day and bring work home. 


Talk with your family about a meet up location in case your neighborhood is evacuated and the family isn't together.  Mobile phones might not be working, so everyone needs to know the plan in advance.  Hotels will sometimes bend pet rules temporarily.  But keep a short list of friends with fenced yards that might be in a position to help, even if only for a day or a few hours.  Know what you need to take with so you can  move quickly - pet meds, beds, food, bowls, etc.  Consider whether all your pets will be ok in the car together.  These might be circumstances where you need a muzzle to keep the cats and bunnies safe.  And if any of your fur babies have issues getting into a car quickly under pressure, address them now with training. 


AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL:  Make sure your pets have current identification tags and that your microchip contact info is current so that you can be reunited if separated in the chaos.  Stay safe everyone!


My husband and I would like to thank GALT for the best thing that has ever happened to us - placing us with Dolce Gambino, formerly GALT's Lee, aka Genesis Way. Since coming off the race track, Dolce has certainly stayed active. We play agility, sniff for rats in barn hunt, conduct therapy visits, and test our skills in nose work. Most of all, Dolce is passionate about eating his noms, taking us on walks, zooming on the beach and hogging the king bed. He is recognized as Dolce Gambino OA OAJ NFP RATM NW1 THD TDIA JS-N RS-N CGCA, but most importantly he is our precious brindle son. 
~The Beiserts


The 2 Hounds online auction benefiting GALT is well underway!
Bidding closes on May 4th! There are so many gorgeous
items from which to choose - something for everyone and every
budget. Just follow the link to get in on the action 


GALT was thrilled to announce the 2015 Star Volunteers at last weekends 14th Birthday Party! Volunteers are the heart and soul of GALT and make all things possible. We simply could not live "no grey turned away" without you! This year's honorees are:
  • Julia Dietsch
  • Lin Grado
  • Juliet & Jamie Kopacki
  • Mark Nardecchia
  • Melissa Paar
  • Danika Taylor 
  • Holly Taylor

Be sure to save the date, Saturday, May 9th for the Dallas Pet Expo at Dallas Market Hall, 10:00am - 6:00pm. Volunteer here!
Greyhounds in the Country returns on May 17th - brunch, beverages, raffles, reiki sessions and more! Click here for full details and tickets.

Join GALT's West Texas Representatives at Bark Trek ~ Muttfest 2015 on May 17th at Amarillo Memorial Park from Noon to 5:00 pm for family fun and bring the pups!


On May 23rd, Pints4Pups hosts a Yappy Hour featuring Real Ale brews at Mutts Canine Cantina in Dallas to benefit GALT!! Tickets are $10 at the link



Evian, black female, 3-yrs-old, broken leg



Sophia Loren, black female, 2-yrs-old, stray


Toddy, black male, 3-yrs-old


Streisand, brindle female, 7-yrs-old


General, red male, stray



Scooby, white & brindle male, 3-yrs-old, return




If you have been considering fostering, or know someone who is considering fostering, now would be a great time to jump in! If you can help, please contact Jennifer Vilches at



Saturday, May 2, 11:00am-1:00pm
Orvis - Dallas

8300 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX

In Attendance: Bentley, Thrush

Sunday, May 3, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Petco - West Plano

1601 Preston Rd, Suite E
Plano, TX

In Attendance: Arrow, Bentley, Haven, Pancho



Connie, aka Connie's Fullofit, GALT #603, August 15, 2003 - April 27, 2015
Beloved and cherished by Jennifer & Kevin Cooper and big brother Chase

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