Companion Connection

VCA Elgin Family Pet Center

The 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.

Related Links

These are our favorite places to go for information.  Many have been suggested by our followers.  By clicking on the name, you will be taken to their website.  Enjoy  and we look forward to having you visit us again real soon.

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.

Traveling with your pet:

Suggested by a Companion Connection viewer, this page seems to provide good information regarding traveling with your pet and safety for your pet.

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.


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.


Find a Dog Walker

 If you are looking to find a dog walker in your city or neighborhood, allow to help at no cost to you. Search for dog walking services in cities and towns across the United States - by location, neighborhood, or zip code. Read about each dog walking company, and choose a local dog walker that suits your needs best.


Wag! makes dog ownership easier by connecting dog owners with dog lovers in their community they can hire on-demand for dog walking, dog sitting, or dog boarding services 7-days a week. Wag! is like having a trusted dog-loving neighbor or friend at your beck and call!

Wag! | Elgin Dog Walking

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???


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.

For Dogs, Cats and More!

Thinking about flying with your companion?  Check out this suggested website:

Guide to Flying with Pets (and getting rewarded for it)

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?

Do All Animals Need 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.

Guide to Train Travel With Pets – and Getting Rewarded for It!  Million Mile Secrets

Did you know that traveling with your pet by train can often be a much safer and cheaper alternative than flying or even driving?  It’s true!


Animals can struggle with the air quality, air circulation, temperature, and cabin pressure that accompanies flying in a plane, while trains offer a much safer alternative and a much easier travel method with a pet.  And with many airlines recently tightening up their policies on flying with pets, it’s always good to be prepared to travel by train just in case you’re not able to fly with your pet!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.