6-15-13 - The O'Malley Alley Cat Organization (TOMACO) Receives $10,250 grant from PetSmart
Charities - Of that total $9,500 is to be used for 188 spay/neuters/rabies and $750 is to be used to
purchase 13 traps :) The grant is for free roaming cats only a specific geographical target in
Nacogdoches, made up of the SFA campus and surrounding area (click here for the map). Call us at 556-2754 if you know of stray cats in
the area that need trapping for spay-neuter-return, if you live in this area and feed stray cats, or
if you otherwise would like to help with the project. The grant period begins immediately and is
renewal for another year if we meet the proper requirements. Many of the surgeries will be done at
Animal Clinic by Dr. Stephen Garner, and the overflow will be handled at O'Malley
Special thanks to Rhonda
Livingston with Richbourg &
Associates, PC, Certified Public Accountants in Tyler, who worked many hours combining
the financials for TOMACO and OMPET, so the correct reports could be filed with the grant application.
Mr. Richbourg, owner of Richbourg & Associates, is a substantial contributor to O'Malley Alley Cats
Tyler. VERY special thank you to Carolyn Spears and Cindy Pressley for leading the grant writing
team. Carolyn did the lions share of the work, and deserves a few bottles of red wine to celebrate.
6-3-13 - Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Grants O'Malley PET
$15,650!! - We are thrilled to be a recipient of a competitive state grant funded by Animal Friendly
License Plates. The grant application was tedious -- nearly 50 pages long. But the work was well
worth it. This grant period begins August 31, 2012, and is renewable for a second year if we meet the
proper requirements. Dr. Wendy Blount wrote this grant application, and completed grant negotiations
with the help of Michele Sprague, Director of Volunteers.
5-30-13 - Summer
Internship 2013 Begins at O'Malley House. Austin College student
Nicole Collier, daughter of Ken and Sandy Collier of Nacogdoches, began her summer internship at
O'Malley House. Nicole is studying business administration and will spend this summer learning about
administration of a non-profit charity. She is GOLD at medical record entry -- watch that
girl go on the keyboard!
5-11-13 - Mother's Day Pie and Cake Sale - Wanda and the Bakettes have done it again.
This Mother's Day, our benefactors and fans got to choose from a host of homemade pies and cakes,
including Boston Cream Pie, New Orleans Double Chocolate Praline Fudge Cake (TO DIE FOR!!), Sugar Free
Apple Pie, Apple Crumb Pie, Double Crust Apple Pie, Mixed Berry Cream Cheese Pie, Strawberry Cream
Cheese Pie, Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake and Bacardi Rum Cake. Mom really does like us best!
5-2-13 - Dr. Sharon Phillips from Tyler Veterinary Center Visits O'Malley PET. Dr.
Phillips works with Therapet and serves on the Board of Directors for the SPCA of East Texas. Dr. Phillips will be developing
protocols for the low cost spay-neuter clinic that SPCAET hopes to have up and running soon, called
SNIPPET (Spay Neuter
Initiative Parternship Project of East Texas. She spent the morning
observing what we do, to gather information for her project in Tyler, TX. We wish SPCAET every success
with their new shelter and SNIPPET clinic.
5-1-13 - AT&T Leases O'Malley PET Parking
Spaces for $1. Prior to opening day, the last
hurdle for granting of the Occupancy Permit from the City of Nacogdoches was to arrange for 6 parking
spaces for our clients. We had no suitable space on the property for immediate use, so our property
manager Sprague Properties approached our neighbor AT&T about leasing the needed parking spaces from
their adjacent parking lot. At first, the negotiated fee was $300 per month. We hoped to begin
construction as soon as possible on a parking lot in the back of the property, as parking space rent
at this rate would be a significant expense over the long haul. To our pleasant surprise, Donna McCollum of KTRE and
Ken Wood stepped in to secure an agreement with AT&T for a long term lease for $1. Now we can get back
to work and focus on reducing the pet overpopulation problem in Nacogdoches County. We love AT&T!
4-15-13 - Nacogdoches Animal Services
Donates a Whole Bunch of Cat Food. This food, together with the pet food donated
earlier this year by Girl Scout Troop 1810 has kicked off the O'Malley PET Food Pantry. Those
who demonstrate financial need can pick up dog and cat food at O'Malley House when
they need some help feeding their pets. This program is intended to help keep pets in their homes
when otherwise they might be surrendered to the shelter because owners can no longer afford to care
4-5-13 - O'Malley PET Gets Equipment Grant for $4,800 from ASPCAPro. Prior to receiving this grant, O'Malley PET had cages enough to house
only 10-16 animals. With these monies, we purchased
18 additional cages, so that we have more than enough room for a full day of surgery of various patient