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Have We Finally Arrived at a No Kill Montgomery County?
A New Year’s Message from our President

We have [almost] arrived! Since our inception, Operation Pets Alive has been working hard to help Montgomery County become a 'No-Kill' Community. In 'no-kill' parlance, this means our shelters are saving over 90% of the animals they intake each year. Though the road to no-kill has been filled with twists and turns, our volunteers and supporters have tenaciously stayed the course to help our community achieve this major milestone. It is rewarding to know that, seven years later, we are just about there!

The Montgomery County Animal Shelter just posted a 92.5% live release rate for 2017, and the Conroe Animal Adoption Center was close behind posting a 88.7% live release rate for the year. Is our work here done? I don’t think so.
OPA will be taking a deep breath and considering adjustments for the future. In fact, changes are already underway:

* New management at both shelters has squarely set their sights on increasing the live release rates.

* OPA continues to assist both shelters with medical expenses, but we have now moved beyond simple x-rays to more serious procedures.

* We launched OPA in 2011 with a major focus on transporting pets from our over-full shelters to other parts of the county. Now, many more rescue groups have established transport programs adding to our overall life-saving efforts.

* Hurricane Harvey challenged OPA, and the rescue community, to work together to move animals out of shelters to safety, quickly, and in great numbers. OPA answered the call, engineering no less than four flight and ground transports within the span of a few weeks to clear the shelters for Harvey victims.

* During 2017 OPA increased adoption venues, which remain open to animals from both shelters, as well as our own OPA pets, as a second means to move animals out of crowded shelters and into homes. As a result, we saw a 30% increase in local adoptions during 2017.

* OPA has joined forces with Texas Litter Control and the Bruce Knapp Fund to TNR even more of Montgomery County’s Community Cats thereby reducing births and shelter intake. OPA also saved over 100 additional feral cats, at risk in the shelter, pending the approval of a feral cat program for the city of Conroe. 

In 2018, we’re charting new territory through a grant to introduce Dogs Playing for Life™ programs at both local shelters. This structured playgroup program will enable our community to save more lives by giving shelter dogs much-needed exercise and socialization during their shelter stay.

OPA has seen our all-volunteer organization grow in both the magnitude of volunteers and achievements. And further, thanks to the generous support from our community, we have continued to fund that growth through donations.

I am honored to be associated with such a dedicated and capable group of animal lovers and to be a part of an organization that has helped our community achieve a laudable 'No-Kill' milestone. Kudos to all! Looking forward to more progress in 2018!
Marcia Piotter
President, Co-founder Operation Pets Alive!


How OPA Impacted Homeless Pets in 2017
Our Year In Review

Because of your support, Operation Pets Alive rescued a total of 3,125 homeless pets in 2017 from within Montgomery County. Take a look at our breakdowns. A total of 1,842 dogs and 1,283 cats were saved from our County Shelters, and within our community. During 2017 OPA transferred 921 dogs and 245 cats, via ground and air, to partnering shelters and rescues in other areas of the country where a greater demand exists for adoptable pets, and a 99.9% save rate amongst those transferred ~ mainly through our ‘Pups On Trucks’‘Flights For Life’, and ‘Cat Taxi’ Programs. OPA had a great year for local adoptions with 806 dogs and 623 cats finding forever homes within our Community ~ a 30% increase from last year!

In addition, OPA helped hundreds of other pets in our community through other Programs. Our low cost Spay/Neuter Program assisted families by altering 99 pets. We also helped over 150 pets in need from MCAS and CAAC with outside veterinarian services. Our TNR Program alone, ensured that 302 community cats were spay/neutered and vaccinated, so they could live safely in our community without reproducing.   

An awesome job by volunteers, fosters, partners and our supporters!


Dogs Playing for Life Coming to Our Shelters!

EXCITING NEWS! 'Dogs Playing for Life™’ (DPFL) is coming to our County Shelters ~ Montgomery County Animal Shelter Texas (MCAS) and the Conroe Animal Adoption Center (CAAC)! Operation Pets Alive is thrilled to be able to sponsor this training, all made possible through a grant from the Animal Farm Foundation.

Dogs Playing for Life is a Program that lets dogs be dogs through playing! A program that gives each shelter dog daily exercise, and opportunities to learn how to behave socially around other dogs. A program that provides program staff and volunteers insight about each shelter dog’s personality that aids in a good matches for an adoptive homes. In short, happier, satisfied animals are generally less stressed, which equates to less disease and extreme behavior in shelters that puts people, and animals lives, at risk.

This Essential Introduction Session is a MUST, and attendance is REQUIRED for all MCAS and CAAC Shelter Staff, Volunteers (and others) interested in participating in the program moving forward, and for all those who will participate in the DPFL ‘Hands-On Training’ taking place at MCAS March 4-7, and at CAAC March 7-8. This 3.5 hour essential introduction session will be presented by representatives from ‘Dogs Playing for Life’ and will cover all the basics you need to know before getting ‘hands-on’ with the implementation. It will follow directly the close of the UPROM (United Pet Rescuers of Montgomery County) Conference, at Lone Star College-Montgomery Saturday, March 3 from 3:30-7pm and is FREE to attend.

Find all the details, and register to attend here:


Animal Advocates and Rescuers Come Together for UPROM Conference!

The Second Annual UPROM Conference (United Rescuers of Montgomery County) is coming March 2-3 to Lone Star College–Montgomery! Early bird registration (just $25) ends February 10th. An awesome deal, but an even more awesome conference planned! In just two days, you can attend riveting presentations by speakers from Austin Pets Alive!Best Friends Animal SocietyDogs Playing for LifeAustin Animal CenterRescued Pets MovementMontgomery County Animal Shelter TexasTexas Litter Control, and more! Topics will cover basic animal welfare issues, shelter enrichment programs, legal and operational topics, fund-raising, marketing, getting to a No Kill community, and many more! We encourage all staff from shelters, volunteers, fellow rescuers, and animal advocates to attend.

Registration fee covers both days, and for those that pre-register, also includes dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The conference is hosted by our friends at Lone Star College-Montgomery, and sponsored by us at Operation Pets Alive, Texas Litter Control, with support from the Petco Foundation. Just click the link below to preview and register!

See a complete line-up of speakers and topics, and register here:


Stop Littering! Spay/Neuter Your Pets! 
OPA offers affordable Spay and Neuter Services for Cats and Dogs

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, a great time to remind you that OPA offers a low cost Spay/Neuter Program for ALL Montgomery County Residents that have unaltered cats or dogs. Spaying and Neutering your pets is the single most important way to save lives of homeless pet, by reducing unwanted cat and dog populations!

Plan A. offers Spay/Neuter for both dogs and cats for as low as $30 if you are on any kind of government assistance, or make less than $40,000 a year (must show proof of income/assistance). Plan B. is $80 for Spay/Neuter of dogs and $65 for cats, and is for anyone who does not qualify for Plan A. (no proof of income/assistance necessary).

Read more about our Spay/Neuter Program and find the application here (scroll down page): 
Send the complete application, and/or any questions to our Spay/Neuter lead at:


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Animal Hearted Offers Discounts on FUN Apparel that Benefits OPA!

How awesome is it that Animal Hearted, has partnered with us at OPA to offer discounts on their wonderful line of pet-related T-shirts and other very cool apparel? Very awesome! Just go to Shop from their outrageously fun dog and cat lovers clothing line (and other items), use the code SUPPORTOPA at checkout, and not only will you get a 10% discount on your total purchase, but 25% of all final sales (excluding shipping, etc) using this code, will support us at OPA and help us save countless more lives! Thank you Animal Hearted!

Animal Hearted Apparel
is a clothing company with a conscience. Like us at OPA, they are passionate about animals. Not only do they make fun and creative clothing and accessories for animal lovers, they are dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals. Their generosity and vision has helped save thousands of shelter pets, and with your help, together we can help save many more!

Have you checked out our OPA Etsy Store Lately? New items are added all the time! Find everything from dog and cat toys to plush pet mats, kitchen and home accessories, and more. Select from dog and cat-themed fabrics, and other fashionable textures/patterns. All meticulously designed and hand crafted, with the quality and care you expect from OPA Volunteers. All net proceeds go to benefit Operation Pets Alive and our work with the homeless animals of Montgomery County TX. Start your shopping at: 
If you would like to join our talented and dedicated Team of OPA-Crafters, drop us a line at:

Latest News

Donate to OPA Transport Programs
OPA averages two 'Pups on Trucks' transports and one 'Flight for Life' a month. Help us keep the wheels turning so we can continue to save precious lives. Donate here

3000+ Transported homeless pets
That's right! In January 2016, OPA celebrated its 3,000th homeless pet transported via our combined 'Pups on Trucks','Flight for Life', and 'Kittens with Wings' transports! Thank you to Tom Martin for designing our celebratory image!

Proud Supporter of Pets for Patriots

Operation Pets Alive is a proud adoption partner of Pets for Patriots, a nationally operating 501(c)(3) charity saving lives through companion pet adoption for United States veterans. Click the badge to learn more!

Our OPA Barn Cats prefer life a little on the wild side. All while helping to keep pesky critters away from your barns, warehouses, and outbuildings. To adopt a Barn Cat, email:


Flight for Life in the news
Check out the news coverage in New Hampshire on the latest flight for life!
click here to view

OPA in the news
Libby, one of OPA's long term fosters, gets a second chance as a police dog! for more information click here

Shop our OPA Etsy Store for beautiful hand-crafted items. For you, your home, and your pet! All meticulously designed by our OPA volunteers!

Help OPA by walking!
Go for a walk and earn money for OPA to help homeless pets! It’s easy! Download the app, select Operation Pets Alive! And start walking." (Take your dog - he or she will love it!) 

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Get $10 off any BarkBox subscription and support OPA! For every coupon used on, OPA will get a $10 donation from BarkBox. Be sure to use our special promo code: OPABBX1 Help us meet our goal of 100 subscriptions and raise $1,000