Companion Connection

VCA Elgin Family Pet Center

The VCA Elgin Family Pet Center Veterinarian team are licensed veterinarians, highly trained and compassionate about treating dogs, cats and some small exotics. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care.

Elgin Family Pet Center is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. The Elgin Family Pet Center Veterinarian team is experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and a very calm environment so your pet can feel relaxed in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her own Elgin veterinarian.

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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us. Best Friends' No More Homeless Pets campaign created a new vision: A grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered "unadoptable" into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs. 

Austin Humane Society

As the largest no-kill, non-profit pet adoption center in Austin, TX, the Austin Humane Society is dedicated to:  Saving Austin’s homeless cats and dogs; Educating the community about responsible pet ownership; and Reducing pet overpopulation.

Texas Humane Legislative Network

We are a mainstream voice for the animals of Texas: companion animals, homeless animals, horses, farm animals, native Texas wildlife and exotic animals alike. THLN is the voice at the Texas Legislature for untold numbers of animals throughout Texas who suffer horrific abuse and tragic neglect at the hands of callous humans. Protecting those who cannot protect themselves is a noble cause for which your life will be much better for having served.

Fax: 512-285-5614


Companion Connection

P.O. Box 875

Elgin, TX  78621-0875

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated...

I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." -Mahatma Gandhi-

Sunbear Squad  Prepare now to help animals in need, to be a Good Samaritan for pets and animals. Animal abuse, neglect, and distress is epidemic, is often institutionally supported, and is worldwide. You may find animals in distress in your own neighborhood. Be prepared to take reasonable, safe action to help them. Sunbear needed help and didn't get it; he died tragically from neglect. This site is dedicated to his memory to encourage you to be a Good Samaritan.

We are a non profit

organization.  Please make a tax deductible donation  today!

Low cost Spay/Neuter services:


Founded in 1999, Emancipet’s mission is to make spay/neuter services and preventive veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners. We work toward this mission through expanding our network of low-cost clinics, training and supporting other clinics, and advocating for safe, accessible spay/neuter in every community.



Guide to Psychiatric Service Dogs for Mental Health Treatment  MorningSide Recovery

While we would all like to think of our pets as providing a service, this is not always the case. A psychiatric service dog (PSD) is a true service animal and is much more than a pet. Service animals are highly trained to help their owner with tasks that they cannot do themselves that are considered life-limiting. A psychiatric service dog is a service animal that is trained to aid its owner in curtailing certain behaviors associated with a mental illness along with everyday tasks.

The Difference Between Service, Therapy, Assistance and Working Dogs  Petful


Service dog, therapy dog, working dog — what’s the difference, and does it really matter?

We explain “service dog vs. therapy dog.”  The answers are yes and yes! Yes, there is a big difference between the classifications. Yes, it does matter to the dog, the handler and the public in general.


Guide Dogs for The Blind is more than an industry-leading guide dog school; they are a passionate community that serves the visually impaired. With exceptional client services and a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers, donors and volunteers, they prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. All of the services are provided free of charge; as they receive no government funding.

The Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge is a virtual memorial home for your departed baby.  Whether furry, feathered, or scaled, all are welcome.  In loving tribute to all of God’s loving creatures who filled our lives with joy, happiness and love, we dedicate Rainbow Bridge.  Find ways to ease your grieving.

Rover Dog Boarding and Pet Sitting  

Rover is a trusted community where people can find, list, and book neighborhood dog lovers who can’t wait to care for their dog.  Whether you need a dog sitter, a dog walker, or daycare, Rover connects pet owners with people who will treat their dogs like family.  With exceptional customer service and a rapidly growing community of dog sitters, Rover is the easiest way for pet owners to find and book a loving and trustworthy dog sitter.


Every year thousands of animals are dropped off at the side of the road because owners didn't properly spay or neuter their pets, resulting in unwanted puppies and kittens. Other times, pet owners simply cannot afford to take care of an animal anymore or they are moving to a home that won't allow them to bring their beloved pet with them. No matter what the reason, there are thousands of homeless pets on the streets of cities and communities all over the country. But, there don't have to be. An additional 6 to 8 million animals are already finding homes in shelters all across the country.  With the help of animal shelters, these animals can find homes. If you are in the market for a new pet or you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to keep your pet anymore, here are a few reasons you should choose an animal shelter:


Aging in Place National Council for Aging Care

Are you wondering how you are going to care for your pet as ;you age in place?  Are you wondering if you should adopt a pet as you age in place?  This guide will help you decide on the best choice for you! 


Studies have shown that owning a pet can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages.  This is so important as seniors! 


Please read!


Thinking about adopting a furry companion?  That’s great!  Pet rescues and shelters are filled with animals waiting to be adopted and re-homed. Giving a new forever after home to a rescued pet is a big decision.  You want to give him a loving home and the best care possible. Pet adoption is lots of fun, but it does take time to plan and research.

You may ask yourself: How does it work? How do you choose the right pet? Where can I find a rescue or shelter near me? How does the adoption process work? We know you’ve got many questions on pet adoption, and we’ve put the answers together for you!  We have created “The Ultimate Guide To Pet Adoption”.  This guide is divided into captivating articles that will teach you everything you need to know about pet adoption.  Also, keep a lookout for great tips to simplify your pet adoption process.


Companion Connection has all the animals available for adoption listed on  It is a wonderful resource for those looking for companion animals no matter where the area.  All you have to do is enter the type of animal you seek, a zip code (i.e. 78621) and any other search criteria and you will be guided to a list of available animals in that area.

Pet Proofing Your Home—by HomeAdvisor

Home is a place where every life should be safe and protected from potential threats. When family members can’t take steps to protect themselves, it is up to those who can to ensure their safety. For many, pets are considered a part of the family, and as with infants or small children, they must be protected from things that can harm them. The best way to do that is to pet-proof the home

Pet Proofing Your Home—by ADT Home Safety Center. 

Here is another comprehensive guide by ADT Home Safety Center for pet proofing your home.


Senior Pet Health & Wellness  Guide Maryville University

Pets are an important part of their owner’s lives. From the time that they’re young, pets can bring joy and provide unimaginable love. Unfortunately, pets don’t stay young and playful forever. Animals, like humans, get older, and with age, they develop different needs that their owners must meet.

With age, pets are faced with new health issues. Many of these issues are natural changes that can be expected of older animals, including decreased visual acuity or blindness, loss of hearing, and arthritis. Pets are also at higher risk of developing other health issues, some of which are more common among certain breeds or genders of animals. Diabetes, for example, is a common health concern that is seen more often in female pets. Other concerns for all older pets include kidney disease, dementia, and cancer.

How Much Is It???

For Dogs, Cats and More!


Are you unsure of what a veterinary procedure costs?  If you want to make sure you're paying a fair price, the Howmuchisit database helps you find out what other people are paying in your area.


How Much Sleep do Animals Need?  How Do You Sleep With Animals?


Tuck Sleep is a non-commercial community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been referenced by Well + Good, Smithsonian Magazine, Harvard University and by many sleep organizations across the web.


While sleep patterns vary widely among animal classes and species, there are a few general rules of thumb.  Sleep serves important evolutionary functions for all animals, but sleep  patterns and positioning are based in large part on available food supply and defense mechanisms.


How Much Sleep Do Dogs Need?

How Much Sleep Do Cats Need?

How Do Animals Sleep?

How To Get Sleep With Your Pets


Keeping Pets Safe in the Home HouseHold

Few things fill our hearts with joy like pets, but there is a flipside to this – we worry about the furry members of our family just as much as we do our own children.  There are certain things that should always be taking into consideration when animals share a house, and this guide will discuss how you can ensure your home is devoid of danger.

Complete Guide to Pet-Proofing Your Home


A home should be a safe and comfortable retreat for every member of the household — and that includes any four-legged ones that share this space as well. Pet owners have the added responsibility of making sure their pets can have a safe environment at home, and this is particularly true for those with puppies and kittens who are naturally inquisitive.

This guide will look at each room of the home, as well as outside yards. It will review potential problem areas and how owners can better “pet-proof” each. This complete guide will help pet owners determine which indoor and outdoor plants are toxic, why appliance and window cords can be hazardous to pets and how to go about making renovations to make a home even more pet-friendly.

Enjoy the peace of mind of making, and keeping, your home safe for your cat or dog.

Dog and Cat Owners and Their Willingness to Treat Their Companions by Jeff Gitlen 2.21.18


Many of us can recall having an urge to spontaneously purchase a pet at some point in our lives.

Once owners finally get the pet of their dreams, they then have to support it. However, owners often underestimate the cost of their pets, forcing them to make some tough decisions.

Our team here at LendEDU wanted to get a clearer picture of the expenses that pets bring to their owners and how much they are willing to spend to treat their furry companions if something goes wrong. To do this, we've obtained some insightful data from our friends over at Trupanion, a leading pet-insurer based out of Seattle, in addition to running a survey of our own.

A key highlight:  The average cost to treat one of the ten common cat conditions is $1,590, while the average cost to treat one of the ten common dog conditions is $1,240!

Creating a Pet Friendly Office Policy:  What You Need to Know, July 28, 2018 by Graham Shorr

Pet Sitters International celebrated the first annual Take Your Dog to Work Day on the Friday following Father’s Day in 1999. The original goals included raising awareness of the human-canine bond so that people without pets would be encouraged to adopt. But as employers and employees realized the benefits of having dogs in the workplace, the event has also played a role in sparking businesses to have pet-friendly policies all year round.


Dogs are above and beyond the most common office space companion, so they will be the prime focus of this article, but there are plenty of other potential office pets to consider!


Creating a pet-friendly office should be a carefully thought-out decision. We’ve compiled the top things to consider as well as some pros and cons to keep in mind before opening your office space up to pets.

A Guide to Service Dogs in Your Life

US Insurance Agents

For some people with disabilities, a service dog may open the world up for them. Service dogs can assist the blind and hearing impaired, as they are classically known for, but they can also help those with seizures, diabetes, a mobility impairment, and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Americans with Disabilities Act allows service dogs to travel with their owners and enter restaurants, hotels, planes, and other places that pets would not generally be permitted.


Everything You Need to Know About How Dogs Sleep  The Sleep Help Institute


There are few things more smile-inducing and “awww”-inspiring than seeing a cute pup sprawled out and snoozing away. But dogs don’t just sleep because it’s adorable. Just like in people, sleep for dogs is a critical aspect of their health.


When you start thinking about a dog dozing off, it raises a handful of questions: how is dog sleep like human sleep? How much do dogs need to sleep? Can they sleep too much? And do they dream like we do?


This guide helps answer these questions and more so that you can better understand your dog’s sleep and promote the sleep that they need to continue being a healthy and happy part of your family.

Pet Care in Condos and Apartments Written by by Brian Enright

Pets are a common and beloved addition to most American households. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), of households with pets, 35 percent have dogs, 30.4 percent own cats, and 3.1 percent have birds. People with companion animals live in houses, apartments, and condos. When a person lives in an apartment or condo, their pet lacks the space that animals living in larger dwellings may have. To prevent potential problems from arising, pet owners should put careful thought into choosing the right type of pet to suit their lifestyle and their living space. In addition, a pet owner must also meet the animal's needs in terms of providing them with the proper care.

The Financial Benefits of Adopting A Pet

The Simple Dollar 

Overcrowding is a serious problem in America’s animal shelters. According to the ASPCA, an estimated 1.5 million animals are euthanized every year due to overcrowding — and that’s only dogs and cats.  If you’re considering bringing home a pet in the new year, adopting your furry friend from a shelter can help alleviate this growing problem. You’re also helping end pet homelessness, unhealthy breeding techniques and puppy mills, which subject more than 2 million dogs to devastating and inhumane conditions every year.  As if that weren’t enough, you can actually save money by adopting over shopping. Breeders and pet stores come with considerably higher costs — both up front and over the life of your pet — especially when compared to animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Assisted Living for Seniors with Pets

Pet ownership can bring plenty of unexpected benefits for seniors. For starters, research shows that older adults who own a dog walk an average of 22 minutes a day more than seniors who don’t have a dog, and pets are even used in therapy techniques to help seniors with mental illness or dementia.   While the benefits to pet ownership for older adults are numerous, there are also unique challenges when bringing your pet to an assisted living community, including some communities’ lack of space and restrictive pet policies.   We’ve put together a guide that carefully examines the benefits and risks of owning a pet in assisted living, as well as what to consider before adopting a pet into an assisted living community. For pet owners who are planning on moving into an assisted living community in the future, this guide includes advice for choosing a pet-friendly assisted living community and a directory that allows you to research pet-friendly assisted living options in your area.

Tulane’s Closet


It’s a simple fact that most pets hate wearing e-collars, and it comes as no surprise. With these lampshades around their necks they’re constantly running into walls, furniture and even their owners. It can also be difficult and dangerous for pets to get up and down stairs while wearing them. Some pets even get so depressed they stop eating.  Finally there’s a real solution that will keep your pet from licking and chewing at surgical sutures and hot spots without all the negative side-effects of wearing an e-collar! The new Cover Me by Tui is a patented (8,985,062), breathable, washable pet garment available in seven sizes –with adjustable straps for an even better fit – so it comfortably fits every pet from Chihuahua to Great Dane. See the easy-to-use sizing chart to determine what size your pet needs. You can also check out the photo gallery for snapshots of pets of all sizes wearing their favorite new Cover Me by Tui!


The Comfortable, Convenient Solution to the e-Collar!
Cover Me by Tui goes on and off your pet quickly and easily, and even has a built-in potty cover so there’s no need to remove it when your pet needs to relieve itself! The Cover Me by Tui is available in two styles: Step-Into and Pullover. See our step-by-step, illustrated How it Works instructions to decide which style is right for you and your pet!

Chinchilla Pet Care Basics  Mokey International


Chinchillas are prized for their fur, and if you ever touch one, you’ll know why. Their fur is extremely fine and soft, even more so than rabbit fur. If you are interested in a chinchilla for a pet, there are some things you’ll need to know. Here are some tips for caring for a chinchilla.

How to Move Your Pet to a New Home

Direct Energy

Whether you are moving around the corner or across the country, your moving day checklist should include how to make moving as safe and easy as possible for your pets.  The chaos of packing up your home and moving into a new one can be just as stressful for our furry (or scaly) family members as it is for us.  The unexpected activity in their home and being introduced to an unfamiliar environment can cause your pets a lot of anxiety. The following tips will help you prepare your pets before, during and after the move to ensure that the transition is as stress-free as possible for everyone, especially your pets!

Life-changing companions: How to afford a service dog 

Service dogs are trained to provide assistance and therapy to various people with disabilities. They can aid in navigation for people who are visually impaired, assist a child who is having a seizure, calm a veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can even dial 911 in the event of an emergency. Many individuals depend on service dogs to help them live their everyday lives.


Naturally, service dogs require extensive training. That training, in addition to veterinary costs, staff and dog trainers, registration and more, runs the average cost of a service dog between $20,000 and $60,000. For many individuals who need a service dog, these costs can be way out of their budget. However, there are several options to make a service dog more affordable, and many organizations provide service dogs free of charge to qualified veterans.


There are several organizations that provide free or partial financial assistance to veterans, those who are visually impaired, and physically disabled individuals in need. They also provide alternative methods of financing a service dog, even if you don’t meet the specific requirements to receive full financial assistance.

The New Pet Owners Guide—Health, Safety and Savings  CouponFollow

It costs, on average, more than a hundred dollars per month to own a pet, with dogs costing approximately $139.80 per month and cats costing roughly $92.98 per month. But while taking care of animals can be costly, with expenses from veterinary visits to regularly reoccurring costs, like food and litter, the positive impact pets have on one's mental health is often worth it! Not to mention, they're pretty cute!

If you're trying to decide whether or not to get a pet, this ultimate pet guide will help you organize your costs and gain a deeper understanding of the commitment of pet ownership. Use this guide to learn all about pet care. Tips for how to take care of pets include everything from buying the right leash to being better prepared during a disaster. There are many things to know before getting a dog, cat, bird, or other type of pet, and this guide will help you plan ahead!


If you're considering owning a cat, dog, or other kind of pet, it's important to understand that the animal's welfare will be the owner's - your - responsibility. Pets have a hierarchy of needs just like humans, with biological needs as the baseline, like food, water, and sleep. Social needs, like force-free training, playing, and emotional support are closer to the top. Emotional security is important, but animal care starts with those most obvious needs first.

Are Your Dog Treats Safe?

Salmonella, antibiotic residues and deadly melamine: the scary truth about dog treats, and how to choose safely for your pet.

Coping with the Death of a Pet - Understanding Pet Loss Grief by


It is perfectly understandable for you to be experiencing a serious grief over the death of your beloved pet! And don't let anyone belittle your loss or take away your right to a fitting bereavement. One of the best things you can do to help yourself is come to the realization that although most outsiders don't understand, you are perfectly justified in your deep feelings of grief and loss.

Pet Ownership Costs Guide for 2018

By Kyleedulabs 12.21.17

Having a companion animal is a long term commitment.  It represents a large emotion and financial commitment.  Here is a guide suggested by one of our readers.

What Kind of Food Should I Feed my Puppy?

Your puppy has a lot of growing up to do in a short period of time, and it all starts with their food. A balanced diet will give your dog everything it needs to develop strong bones, muscles, and habits that will last a lifetime. Here, you’ll find a guide for feeding your puppy, so you can help them put their best paw forward.

What Your Pet’s Sleeping Position Says About Them


It’s essential for any pet owner to understand what their pet is saying with their posture. We’re glad when we see their wagging tails or feel their purrs, and can certainly tell when they’re hungry. But many of us are not so familiar with what they’re communicating when they’re asleep.  Watching them sleep is not only adorable, it can provide valuable insight into how they’re feeling about you and their environment. Learning the in’s and outs of your pet’s sleeping positions will help you understand and provide for their needs.

Sleeping with Your Dog


It’s a time-honored tradition but is sleeping with your dog the best way to sleep? Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of welcoming your dog in bed.

Driving With Dogs 101: 

How to Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy in the Car


Despite the number of car commercials starring an obedient, window-gazing pup, driving with dogs is a serious source of anxiety for many pet owners. Dogs are naturally enthusiastic, active, and curious: traits that are likely to intensify when transferred to a moving, bumpy vehicle. Ideally, driving with your dog provides an opportunity to bond and explore - or to simply accomplish chores without leaving a squirrelly pup home alone. Whatever your reasons, the following ideas prioritize the safety of both you and your dog as you travel to your next destination.

Sleeping With Your Dog:  13 Science Backed Tips


For dog owners, it’s no longer acceptable to relegate your furry friend to the doghouse. In fact, 55 percent of pet owners surveyed said they share their bed with at least one dog. But is sleeping with your dog a good idea?

Dog Breed Guides


Even within the dog species, canine breeds can vary tremendously. These variations, whether subtle or significant, can affect not only a dog’s size and color, but also its temperament, behavior, and what the biggest threats to its health and well-being are.

With our helpful dog breed guides, you can learn more about your favorite breeds, their unique characteristics, and what the biggest potential threats to their health can be.


How to Care For Dogs Recovering From Surgery or an Injury

July 27, 2019May 21, 2019 by Your Dog Advisor Staff


The time following surgery for your dog can be confusing and distressing for you both.  Depending on what the surgery was, there will be different requirements in terms of wound care, recovery and rest time, and the medications or supportive therapies they may need post-surgery.  This guide offers some practical general guidance, but make sure that you always follow any advice given by your vet post surgery.

Driving With Fido: The Dangers of Your Dog as a Co-Pilot [Study]

Keilah Keiser Road Trip


We’ve all driven down the road only to burst out laughing at a dog with his head out the car window catching air in his cheeks — somewhat akin to wind in the sails of a boat, only there’s drool flying in all directions.


And while we love seeing Fido in the car, unrestrained dogs can prove to be potentially deadly distractions when accompanying their owners behind the wheel. So, at the height of the summer travel season, we surveyed dog parents about their driving habits to see just how their unrestrained fur children pose risks on the road.

How to Care For Dogs Recovering From Surgery or an Injury   July 27, 2019May 21, 2019 by Your Dog Advisor Staff


The time following surgery for your dog can be confusing and distressing for you both.  Depending on what the surgery was, there will be different requirements in terms of wound care, recovery and rest time, and the medications or supportive therapies they may need post-surgery.  This guide offers some practical general guidance, but make sure that you always follow any advice given by your vet post surgery.

Best Pet Insurance   Based on In-Depth Reviews


A comprehensive guide to pet insurance providers, how they work, what they cover, and how to choose the right one for your pet