Companion Connection

Sixteen dogs were pulled from a county road dump site outside of Rockdale.  Each one of these dogs would tell you of their sad beginnings of life, but are now so happy to be safe and healthy.   A family did all they could to feed and care for the dogs, but they could not afford veterinary care.  A neighbor called us for help.  We began in August 2009 and slowly they were rescued a few at a time; brought back to health and most have been adopted.  The last few were pulled March 30, 2010.  Six months to save sixteen dogs and several thousand dollars.  Most suffered from sarcoptic and/or demodex mange and a few had heartworms.   Two males were lost to severe heartworm infestation:  the dad, Jack who was about 15 years old and Pongo, a young adult male that had been dumped out of a moving vehicle. 


Many of these dogs had been dumped: Prancer and Dancer, two Terrier mixes were thrown from a truck window and Dusty was shoved from a side door of a van that had slowed down.  Rocky appeared overnight as did Merlin, Stains, Chacota and Squeaker.



Abandoned Dogs in Rockdale, TX

Our Rescue Missions

Scruffy and Princess 
at dump groundsMary and Princess
on the way to the veterinary
hospital.This itches, I tell you!Rocky's growth was even stunted!Photo op?

Mary and Princess

Mary today

Scruffy before & today

Rocky before & today

"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-

Smylee (momma) and Jack (dad)
So tired of scrounging.

Smylee and Jack

Scruffy and Princess before

Bettye Davis eyes!


1. My life is likely to last 10- 15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.        

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.  Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. ALWAYS!


~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets.  Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without
God's critters~

Now please pass this on to other pet owners. We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth
and has four legs!

We are a non profit

organization.  Please make a tax deductible donation  today!

Smylee now

Princess today

Lexington, TX:  July 22, 2010:  This 8-9 week old puppy was found in a ditch with her sister who unfortunately, passed away before getting her to the veterinary hospital.  “Seven” (now “Lucky Seven”) was treated for severe sarcoptic mange, severe bacterial skin infections and hookworms.  Please donate to help pay her $100 medical bill.

Getting better

Elgin, TX  Little Punky was attacked by another animal and she was in so much pain from her broken tail and fractured pelvis, she quit eating and drinking; waiting to die.  Now, with her tail amputated and medication, she is eating all she can and has gained  weight!  She is doing so much better and has just the best personality.  Can you  donate even $5 to help pay her $800 medical bill ?  Punky was adopted and is loving life with 3 other cats and 3 other dogs!

Look at me now! 

First trip to the vet.

Pup before

and today 

Misty at the shelter is loving, friendly, easy to pick up and hold, and eating very well and using the litter box just fine. Her owner said she had litter box problems, sheds a lot, and is throwing up -- but he did not take her to the vet.  Elgin Veterinary Hospital gave her the full geriatric treatment and found her to be in good health except for a severely elevated thyroid.  She is now on medication for the rest of her life.  If this story breaks your heart, and if you want to help Misty in her new peaceful home to live out her life, then please donate now.  Update, Misty passed away in my arms 2013. 

Blanco County, TX  Cooper was the target of two dogs pulling at him as though he were a toy.  Thankfully, Susan M. came along and saved Cooper from the dogs.  After a full exam at Elgin Family Pet Center, he is being treated for an upper respiratory infection, ear mites (super bad), and malnutrition.  He is about 8 weeks old and doesn’t even weigh a pound!  His tail is broken at the base and will probably need to be amputated as soon as he is strong enough to go through the surgery.   Cooper is recuperating at Companion Connection in Elgin, TX  Companion Connection needs help to pay for Coopers veterinary bills.  Are you the person who will come forward with even $5 or $10 to help?

Cooper was adopted into a fantastic home.

Minette was saved due to her friendly disposition. She came out to the street, seeking a friendly face and a loving touch as my neighbor, Sophie, was walking home from work. Seeing the desperate condition of this cat, Sophie alerted me to her plight, and we began to investigate to determine her situation. We found out that Minette is about 12 or more years old, and she has been homeless for about five years. During this time, she lived under a porch across the street from her former "owners” who no longer provided even the basics for her.  A neighbor put out food and water for her occasionally, but she had no consistent source of water and food and in spite of her terrible health, she received no vet care.  The neighbors told us that Minette spent her days cowering under the porch because of unfriendly dogs in the neighborhood. She ventured to eat and drink water when these were available.  The neighbors knew she was there, but she had apparently become invisible to them. Minette was visibly miserable with ulcers and crusty skin all over her body. No one helped her, and until the day that "Minette" approached Sophie, Minette lived without the smallest comfort.  Today, we working together to provide excellent vet care for her, and we are seeking donations for the expensive dental work that she needs in order to be comfortable. Minette is now available for adoption---perhaps someone will want to provide a comfortable life for Minette's golden years.

Astra was found wandering around Elgin, TX on someone’s property.  She was emaciated and weak.  The good Samaritan took her in and made her comfortable until they  could find a rescue to take her.  Astra is about 12 years old and considerably anemic.  She is in foster care receiving lots of love and attention as well as vitamins and minerals.  Astra is a Ragdoll flame point and has taken to being handled and loved on quite well.  She wasn’t too happy getting mats brushed out of her long luxurious fur, but she’s much better for it. 


Donations are indeed welcome for the ongoing care and medications for Astra.  They can be made on this website, through Pay Pal, or send to Elgin Family Pet Center, PO Box  629, Elgin, TX  78621.  Or you may send direct to us at PO Box 875, Elgin, TX  78621-0875


Update:  We lost Astra due to her poor health conditions.  We are heartbroken and her foster is beyond sadness.

7/20/2014 Faith is happy, healthy and adopted! 


6/2014  HELP!!!!   Oh my dear ... we received a frantic call this morning about a dumped puppy out in the Elgin country. We rushed to the house and found a barely weaned 6-7 weeks old puppy, emaciated and dehydrated. Her eyes are solid goop. We scooped her up and headed for Elgin Family Pet Center where they immediately took her in for treatment. With skill (and prayers) they were able to get in IV in her and started giving her fluids, vitamins and electrolytes. She is also very anemic therefore, she is also getting a blood transfusion. Hookworms have done a lot of damage to her poor little body. 

We have named her Faith.



What you can do to help:

Companion Connection depends on donations to feed, house and provide medical care for all the animals at the sanctuary.  Donations may be monetary or in the form of litter or food.  Please see our wish list for more ideas.  We are also in need of volunteers to help keep the sanctuary clean and the dogs socialized and exercised.  If you can help us in any way, we would love to hear from you.  

Faith today.

08/05/2015   Trinity's story begins earlier this week after the 9 month old heeler mix was discovered taking up residence in a mobile home park. After days of searching for Trinity's owner with no success and no residents able to take her in, Companion Connection got wind of her plight. We whipped into action befriending Trinity and bringing her into Veterinary Surgical Solutions to have an assessment for a very odd looking back left leg along with some major difficulty walking and 2 masses on her chest. .X-rays revealed that Trinity had sustained a femur fracture sometime ago and the bones were not aligned when the fracture healed. Trinity required that her rear left limb be amputated .   Read More