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Bitch Noone Wanted
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>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
"Animal welfare, not animal 'rights'
and, yes, there is a difference."
Crossposting is encouraged.
July 25, 2011

RPOA wears "many hats" with our IRS 501 C3 and our newer IRS 501 C4
nonprofit organizations. One of our goals with Responsible Pet Owners
Alliance for the past 20 years has been to show Texas cities how to solve
animal problems with programs and services instead of passing more
unenforceable ordinances and euthanizing unwanted animals. There are now
many animal groups in San Antonio who have followed our lead over time.
We're contacted on a regular basis by individuals from other states wanting
to form a similar organization.

Children and Adult Education has been one of our major programs since we
developed our Pet Education, Assistance & Rescue Program 20 years ago.

The San Antonio Pet Expo has been held at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall in
San Antonio for two years now and has given us the opportunity to educate
more adult pet owners than any other venue with an attendance beyond
anything imaginable ... free admission and pets allowed.

Last Saturday was a blast once again. Major "Partners" for the Pet Expo
included Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Banfield Pet Hospital,
Petco, and others.

The Program Included:
* Celebrity Pet Expert Harrison Forbes hosted a Q&A Session.
*Shorty Rossi & Hercules from Animal Planet's "Pit Boss."
The Exhibition Hall was filled with "so-called" pitbulls and not one single
* Many rescue booths including some of our RPOA Texas Rescue Network for a
Mega-Adoption Event.

* Live Entertainment, Microchipping, Prize giveaways, Discounted
Vaccinations, Agility and Obedience Demonstrations, Veterinarian FAQ, and
other fun activities.

We ran out of flyers last year shortly after lunch so this time we printed a
ream of each flyer; including copies of the Six (local) Free and Low Cost
Pet Spay/Neuter Programs; Good Manners for Dogs listing local dog training
programs; Hot Weather Warnings; Dispute Resolution, Vaccinations; the
onerous San Antonio Ordinance Provisions which few animal owners know about;
and our flyer on "Why Animals Are Relinquished to Shelters." Additionally
we had some AKC brochures on other related topics and gave out lots of
doggie treats.
Everyone loved our bumper stickers' "Don't Mess With Texas Pets!" so
hopefully we plastered lots of cars in the area with our website URL.

Manning the RPOA booth all day and stealing the show were:
Rick White and his ferret buddies from San Antonio Ferret Enthusiasts, The
Ferret SAFE House operated by Rick & Candi White.
RPOA President Teresa Shisk-Saling and Frank Saling (RPOA Board Member) and
rescues from their Reptile Hospice and Sanctuary of Texas. Frank's snake
and Teresa's Iguana attract a lot of attention and drew everyone over to our
Thanks also to Mary Ellen Najar for working all day; loading and hauling all
the booth equipment; setting up and packing it all up to go back to our
office. A big job!
We understand that while RPOA was doing all this, a small group of breeders
met Saturday during the Houston Dog Show at the Reliant Center and organized
a new group to replace RPOA because we "haven't done anything for the past
two years." And we don't do "education" they say. PETA/HSUS/THLN will be
thrilled to hear this! We have to ask where have they been for the past 19
years? More on this later!
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