our business: TEXAS COALITION FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION TCAP offers low-cost treatment for your smallest family member E 78 stablished in 2002, the nonprofit organization Texas Coalition for Animal Protection was created to provide an affordable way for pet owners to spay and neuter pets. Fifteen years and six clinics later, TCAP has gone from basic spaying and neutering of pets to offering a variety of low-cost pet services, from micro-chipping to dental services. TCAP’s goal has never been to replace everyday vet services, but to offer low-cost preventative services to augment already established veterinarian care. Now, with a recently opened Weatherford location at 1302 S. Main St. in Suite 114, Parker County residents will be able to use TCAP for any of their pets’ upcoming preventative vet services without having to pay a fortune for them. “Even though TCAP just opened in Weatherford, we have worked in that area for a long time with different transports out of Granbury and Azle,” explained executive director Stacey Schumacher. “Now that there is a local and convenient location, we want to help them at the new location.” “We are the only low-cost option in that area,” said Ashley Tucker, marketing coordina- tor. “We provide low-cost spay and neuter and vacci- nations. We have spayed and neutered over 50,000 animals, and already have a big reach in the [Parker County] area. We are here not to take the place of the full vet, but to offer some lower- cost alternatives for the preventative services.” TCAP also offers other services including heart worm testing and prevention and dental cleanings. TCAP’s prices are, on average, 70 percent less than what traditional veterinary clinics charge. They also have prepay for services and purchasing of medications in their online store. With Christmas and New Year’s upon us, we tend to forget about our pets in the hustle and bustle. The ladies at TCAP have some great tips for you to help make this holi- day season the merriest ever for your pets. “Pets get lost during the holidays, so we give folks the option of micro chipping, because pets do get out during the holidays,” said Schumacher. “Also, make sure to keep pets on heart worm prevention, something we have for $20 during vaccine events, along with heart worm preven- tion. We stress that in the clinics.” Families also travel during the holidays, so make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are current when they are either placed in boarding houses or when they travel with you. When placed in a boarding facility, pets are often exposed to a lot of diseases they normally would not be exposed to. TCAP services offered to Parker County residents includes micro-chip- ping on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and one Saturday a month. Each month, TCAP offers differ- ent specials that can be found on their website. December’s special is $25 spay and neuter when you purchase a full set of shots for $25 or a microchip for $20. Call them at 817-426-3777 to schedule the appointment. To see all that TCAP has to offer, go to http://www.texas- forthem.org.