Mewsings Blog - volunteers

November 27, 2011

Gift wrapping is a fun way to help Thundering Paws! Each year, area book stores provide us with space and supplies to wrap gifts for the holiday shoppers in their stores. This is a great fundraising opportunity for us, and we could use your help. If you can volunteer for any of these shifts, please email Calene at
Here are the times and locations:
Dec. 14  2pm-4pm at Barnes and Noble 5601 Brodie Lane
Dec. 14  4pm-6pm at Barnes and Noble 5601 Brodie Lane
Dec. 15  2pm-4pm at Barnes and Noble 5601 Brodie Lane
Dec. 15  4pm-6pm at Barnes and Noble 5601 Brodie Lane
Dec. 16  2pm-4pm at Barnes and Noble 5601 Brodie Lane
Dec. 16  4pm-6pm at Barnes and Noble 5601 Brodie Lane
Dec. 16  noon-2pm at BookPeople 603 N Lamar Blvd
Dec. 16  2pm-4pm at BookPeople 603 N Lamar Blvd
Dec. 17 9am-noon at BookPeople 603 N Lamar Blvd
Dec. 19  4pm-6pm at BookPeople 603 N Lamar Blvd
Dec. 19  6pm-8pm at BookPeople 603 N Lamar Blvd
Dec. 21  4pm-6pm at BookPeople 603 N Lamar Blvd
Dec. 21  6pm-8pm at BookPeople 603 N Lamar Blvd
Dec. 22  2pm-4pm at Barnes and Noble 5601 Brodie Lane
Dec. 22  4pm-6pm at Barnes and Noble 5601 Brodie Lane
Dec. 24  4pm-6:30pm at BookPeople 603 N Lamar Blvd
Dec. 24  6:30pm-9pm at BookPeople 603 N Lamar Blvd
No supplies needed.  Just bring a huge smile and be prepared to wrap gifts for people!



December 4, 2010

It's that time of year again!

Our local Barnes & Noble, BookPeople, and PetSmart stores are providing hardworking Thundering Paws volunteers the opportunity to earn money to pay our vets, provide shelter, and buy food and supplies for our many animals.

If you have a chance to stop by during these days and times, shop and support these businesses and let our volunteers wrap your gift or pose as Santa with your furbaby. Or even better, if you have the spare time, contact us to volunteer your time!

Barnes & Noble Gift Wrapping

Brodie Lane location

  • Saturday, December 18,  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 22,  4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, December 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BookPeople Gift Wrapping

6th and Lamar

  • Friday, December 10th, 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 11, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, December 12th, 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 16th, 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 18th, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, December 19th, 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 23rd, 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, December 24th, 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 25th, 12 noon to 3 p.m.

PetSmart Santa Claws & Paws

Bring your pets to get their pictures taken with Santa Claws!

Slaughter Lane & I-35

  • December 4 from 11am to 4pm
  • December 5 from 11am to 4pm

Brodie Lane

  • December 11th from 11am to 4pm


fundraising, volunteers

January 2, 2010

Thundering Paws volunteers are busy people. For example volunteer Emily Sliz will be working in Ghana as a volunteer this coming spring for Unite for Sight and is writing here about the organization. If you are a volunteer and would like to share news, please send it to Anne for consideration.

Emily Sliz with Unite for Sight

Dear Friend,

Hello! I am writing to wish you a very happy holiday season and to share with you some exciting news. I will be going to Ghana in March 2010 and will be working there for 4 months as a volunteer with an American non-profit organization called Unite For Sight (

Unite For Sight partners with local eye clinics in Ghana, India, and Honduras to achieve high quality eye care for all. Their programs are locally led and managed by ophthalmologists at Unite For Sight's partner eye clinics and include examinations by local eye doctors, diagnosis and care for all treatable conditions, and education about prevention. These programs are delivered to the population in their villages year-round.

As a volunteer I will be trained to assist local eye nurses in outreach activities to screen for eye disease, coordinate eye surgeries, and provide education and follow-up care. In addition, I will be conducting independent research and developing my own project to help further Unite For Sight's goals.

For me, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about public health, international health, and to see a new part of the world before I apply to medical school when I return. But it is also a chance to share my good fortune in this life (as I am blessed with a wonderful family, friends, an education, and good health) by devoting my time and energy to those in need.

As a volunteer it is also my responsibility to fundraise for Unite For Sight before I leave for Ghana. 100% of donations go directly to providing eye care to patients living in extreme poverty, NOT to administrative or advertising costs. I will personally be paying for my travel, room, and board.

I would sincerely appreciate anything you could donate to support my fundraising efforts. Click here: Donation link to donate at my online fundraising page. Please note that donations are tax deductible (after you donate, Unite For Sight will email you a tax receipt).

If you prefer not to donate online, please:
1) make a check out to UNITE FOR SIGHT
2) write "solicited by Emily Sliz" on the check (all volunteers are required to raise at least $1,600)
3) and mail it to: Unite For Sight, Inc., 31 Brookwood Dr., Newtown, CT 06470

Finally, here are some good reasons to donate to Unite For Sight! How to help link.

Thank you so much. This work means a lot to me and I appreciate your support.

I would love to hear from you.
Emily Sliz


November 28, 2009

People are so generous during the holiday season! That's one reason that it's a major fund-raising time of year for us. Help us earn money to pay our vets, provide shelter, and buy food and supplies for our many animals. Here are our holiday volunteer opportunities.

Gift wrapping

For gift wrapping, we have these times at Bookpeople on Lamar at 6th Street:

  • Wed., Dec. 16, 2 pm to 4 pm, and 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Thurs., Dec. 17, 2 pm to 4 pm, and 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Sat., Dec. 19, 8pm to 11pm
  • Sun., Dec. 20, 4 pm to 6 pm, and 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tues., Dec. 22, 4 pm to 6 pm, and 6pm to 8 pm
  • Thurs., Dec. 24, 4 pm to 6:30 pm, and 6:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Fri., Dec. 25, 12 to 3 pm

Santa Claws and Paws

We will be doing Santa Claws and Paws at Petsmarts for these dates, times and locations:

  • Saturday, December 19th at Brodie Lane Petsmart (10:45-1:30 or 1:15-4)
  • Sunday, December 20th at Bee Caves Petsmart (10:45-1:30 or 1:15-4)

Santas and their attendant elves and photographers (three per shift and kids are GREAT as one of the elves, because someone has to run up to the cash register with each customer's pictures) will cover shifts from either 10:45 am to 1:30 pm, or 1:15 to 4:00 pm each of those days.

So, for example, you could sign up as a Santa Claws on Sunday, December 20th from 10:45 to 1:30. Petsmart supplies everything -- Santa suit, beard, camera, film. We just supply the people.

WE REALLY NEED SANTAS! Sometimes it's hard to get guys to do this gig, but, really -- it's FUN! Anyone who can cajole a husband, boyfriend, brother, son, father, or what not into being a Santa, please do -- seems you need to be male to be a Santa.

Please contact us if you can help with any of these events. Thank you!

fundraising, volunteers

March 6, 2009

Thanks to volunteers from the UT chapter of Gamma Beta Phi. With your help, we painted two rooms at Thundering Paws. Thanks also to regular volunteers Kay, Dave, Stephanie, Samantha, and Jennifer who helped with the painting work. It looks great!

Painting in progress
Cat room cats enjoy sunny weather on the run while their room is painted

Thanks to Kathy Lucas, Elizabeth Whitehead, and the Girls Scouts who volunteered on March 1.

At one point Anne looked out the kitchen window, and saw Sweet Pea the dog and three girls jumping up and down happily in Sweet Pea's kennel. Someone suggested that those girls could be folding laundry, and Anne said, "No, I want them right where they are!" Sweet Pea was so happy!

Austin Cat Fanciers provided a booth for us at their Feb 28-March 1 show, a great opportunity to connect with animal lovers. And they gave us loads of food and litter! Many thanks to ACF!

Thundering Paws relies on volunteers and donors. If you would like to help, please contact us.


November 30, 2008

December is a huge month for fundraisers, and we have a lot of events lined up. Please help us by spreading the word to your friends and family. We do still need volunteers for these events as well. If you can help, write to and let us know which event you're interested in.

Santa Claws & Paws

Thundering Paws is doing the extremely popular Santa Claws pet photos at two locations. We will be at the Petsmart at 9300 South IH35 (Slaughter Lane and IH35) on Sunday, December 7th, and at the Petsmart at 5207 Brodie Lane on Saturday, December 13th.

Hours are 10:30am to 5:00pm. (Volunteers, you can sign up for shifts, you don't need to stay the entire time.)


We also have gift wrapping lined up.

Come and shop at these stores and have your purchases wrapped for a donation to Thundering Paws. (Volunteers, two and three hour shifts are available, please contact us for information about which locations still need giftwrappers.)

  • Barnes and Noble, 5601 Brodie Lane, on Saturday, December 13th from 5:00pm to 11:00pm.
  • BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, on Saturday, December 13th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, also Saturday, December 20th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, and Wednesday, December 24th from 3:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • Grapevine Market, 7938 Great Northern Blvd (near Mopac and Anderson Lane), on Thursday, December 11th from 10:00am to 9:00pm.
events, volunteers

March 30, 2008

We had 53 volunteers come to Thundering Paws on Saturday, March 29th, from a few groups at U.T. through the Project Reach Out program.

Project Reach Out volunteers
Some of the wonderful Project Reach Out volunteers

Board members Link Davidson and Doug Carpenter communicated with the U.T. Volunteer Center. Link and Doug, along with Director Anne Zabolio, volunteers Scott Haywood, Mary Kay and Anna Sliz, Wendy and Mike Benson, Tony and Lydia Whiteley, and Chris Mihal made up a list of jobs and supervised these wonderful folks. Joan Mihal made box lunches and cookies (which disappeared immediately), and lots of projects got done.

The bathroom, hall, and laundry room got fresh coats of paint. We are very grateful to Janna Zumbrun for the paint and the painting supplies, and to Pattie Overstreet, who prepped the rooms to be painted. Recycling efforts were helped along by the washing of plastic buckets and the flattening of cardboard. The walls in the large room were wiped down. All bedding was changed and clean laundry folded. Heavy furniture was moved. The cat run, the screened porch, was cleaned. A carport, generously donated by Pattie and Aaron Overstreet along with his mom, Mrs. Overstreet, was collected and put into place. This carport will be greatly appreciated each week by volunteers who change the litter boxes, as it will shield them from sun or rain. All litter boxes were changed and every room got swept and mopped. The bunnies were put outside in their hutches and their inside cages cleaned. Two storerooms were cleaned and organized. Anne's new desk was set up.

Sanctuary dog, Sweet Pea, was walked until she sat down and said, "No more!" which has never happened before. Then she was bathed. Resident Corgi Maggie was walked and loved. Both got tons of attention and loved it. Bunnies were given treats. Cats were adored, worshiped and petted until the purring was audible.

We certainly appreciate the time and efforts put out by both our regular volunteers -- Link, Doug, Scott, Mary Kay, Anna, Wendy, Mike, Tony, Lydia, Chris, and Joan -- and all the students who gave a large part of their Saturday to Thundering Paws. We hope that some of those students will venture back out here from time to time, or even on a regular basis, and visit us again. Thank you, everyone, for your part in such a successful day! See also this article in the Daily Texan. Thanks, Ana, for interviewing us!


March 25, 2008

Cat tree We could really use some additional volunteers to help out at the Sanctuary. There is a wide variety of chores that need to be done on a regular basis -- folding laundry, washing walls and floors, petting cats, vacuuming, walking dogs, making sure there's food and fresh water all around, giving out treats and distributing catnip, scooping litter boxes, brushing kitties, cleaning bunny cages, doing yard work, playing with cats, keeping supplies maintained.

You'll meet some really nice people when you come out, and lots of nice kitties too (and bunnies and dogs).

Once a week, or once a month, whatever fits your schedule, we can find something for you to do. Just give us a call and let us know how you would like to help!


February 20, 2008

  1.  Volunteer at the sanctuary. We always need more help, and it's fun for you, too.
  2. Donate money and ask your friends to donate as well.
  3. Ask your employer to become a corporate sponsor.
  4. Adopt a pet from Thundering Paws, or sponsor one of our unadoptable animals. Sleeping in a sunbeam
    We have so many wonderful pets waiting for the right home.
  5. Collect and sell aluminum cans, or start a family change jar, and donate the money to Thundering Paws every August, our hardest month.
  6. Put out collection jars at a business you frequent. Monitor it and send the money to Thundering Paws. Restaurants are the best!
  7. Host a dinner event for your friends, asking them for a donation. We'll come and give a talk if you like.
  8. Ask your friends and neighbors to buy scoopable litter or other items on our wish list. Collect the donations and then call us to come pick it up.
  9. Organize a garage sale or bake sale in your neighborhood, and donate the proceeds.
  10. Leave a living legacy for the Thundering Paws animals in your will.
fundraising, volunteers

November 19, 2007

I know, it's not even Thanksgiving yet! But the holiday season is very important for us and organizing the many fund raising events has already started. We sure could use your help!

Two of our holiday activities are gift wrapping and Santa Claws and Paws photos.

Both are very easy to get involved with and are so much fun! It will definitely cheer you up to see all the smiles you get with either of these activities and help get you in the spirit of the season.

Gift wrapping volunteers just need to show up at the designated bookstore. All wrapping materials are provided. You'll wrap gifts for folks shopping at the bookstore at no charge. Of course, we hope they pitch in with a little donation, but it's not required. Very low pressure and easy, because lots of the gifts are books and CDs, rectangular and easy to wrap.

If you like to get up close with the animals, then you might want to be one of Santa's helpers at a Santa Claws and Paws event. These events take place at local Petsmart stores. Petsmart customers bring in their pets to get their photo taken with Santa, and Thundering Paws gets a portion of the profits. It's so much fun to meet all the nice doggies (and the occasional cat or bunny). Lots of times the animals come dressed up in holiday finery -- so cute!

Please contact our volunteer coordinator if you can help us with any of these events.
Click here
to see the schedule for times and locations as well as contact information.

Blackie with bow
No, you don't really get to gift-wrap our kitties!