Previously, when you adopted an animal from the shelter, you would pay $50 for the adoption fee, then separately pay for sterilization of the animal. The process meant that you couldn't take an animal home immediately, or you could be delayed for days waiting for it to be spayed or neutered.
Thanks to a vote by the Lewisville City Council on March 2nd, the shelter will be increasing its fee to $90, but animals available for adoption will already be spayed or neutered, have all of their vaccines, have their city registration, and be microchipped, in case they become lost after you adopt them.
In addition to microchipping pets for adoption, the shelter will accept walk-ins to microchip for $15. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and is injected under the pet's skin. It can be read at most animal shelters and veterinarians' offices, and is used to reunite lost pets with their owners. The microchips do not carry an annual cost, according to personnel we talked to at the shelter, who said that anyone finding the pet would be able to get it scanned, and the veterinarian or animal shelter would know how to contact the owner. The chips are registered through 24Petwatch.com, which does offer additional services to proactively help locate a lost pet. The company also offers pet insurance.
Lewisville Animal Adoption Center’s annual Paws in the Park adoption event will be held Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lewisville Animal Adoption Center in Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park, 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd.
Paws in the Park will include K-9 demonstrations, low-cost pet vaccinations, food trucks, bounce house, petting zoo, youth safety classes, local rescue groups, vendors, and representatives of non-profit organizations and municipal shelters.
The event also will feature the Wiener Dog & Wanna-Be Wiener Dog Race starting at 9:30 a.m. A weenie dog applicant must have the appearance of a dachshund. A wannabe dog applicant must be a small dog (under 15 lbs.) of any breed or mix that wishes it were a dachshund and wants to race. The winners from each category will race in a final. Trophies will be awarded to the overall champion. Current rabies vaccinations are required for all racing applicants, and friendly dogs only. Applications for the race can be given over the phone at 972.219.3478 or at cityoflewisville.com.
LEWISVILLE - As crews begin to shift traffic east, the following closures will be in place nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 22:
Various lanes of southbound I-35E between Valley Ridge Boulevard and Fox Avenue will be closed.
The southbound I-35E entrance and exit ramps at FM 1171/Main Street will be closed. Motorists wishing to access FM 1171/Main Street from southbound I-35E will exit at Valley Ridge Boulevard. Motorists wishing to access southbound I-35E from FM 1171/Main Street will use the entrance ramp at Fox Avenue.
The southbound I-35E entrance ramp at Valley Ridge Boulevard will be closed. Motorists will continue south on the frontage road and enter southbound I-35E at FM 1171 Main Street.
Please note, the FM 1171/Main Street ramps and the Valley Ridge Boulevard ramp will not be closed at the same time. Law enforcement will be present to assist with traffic control.
This work is related to the 35Express project, an expansion of I-35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, if necessary.
For more information on the 35Express project and to sign up to receive text alerts, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.
So, I just got back from a week of business travel, and I don’t know if you heard, but we had a bit of an issue to deal with Wednesday, which I had not anticipated. Laundry is piled up on the floor, the yard needs to be mowed, and this beautiful sunshine has me dying to go hop in the kayak and paddle the river.
But my inbox is full of email, and many of them are about stories I need to post here as soon as I can. I have stories I’ve started to work on - even interviewed or photographed people for, and have yet to post. It’s a great source of stress to me when I can’t get it done. I’ll get to it - I hope. I’m always disappointed when I don’t.
This is my procrastination post. Ever had so much to do that you barely know where to start?
What I’ve been meaning to do since the beginning of this year is to sort of catch up our long-time readers with where things are, and where we’re trying to go with The Lewisville Texan Journal. For new readers, I’d like to briefly explain how LTJ works, and what we do. It became clear to me in reading some of the responses to Wednesday’s debacle that the nature of LTJ is not clear to many.
My name is Steve. I’m 43 years old, and I’m a full-time computer programmer who writes and maintains business applications for clients in all sorts of industries. I have an awesome wife, and two sons who are growing up to be good young men. A lifetime ago, I served in the Marine Corps, and I came back and got myself a business degree. Around 2004, I started a blog called WhosPlayin, and then around 2007, I started getting interested in local issues, and writing posts about things of interest to Lewisville. I used to post a lot of partisan stuff, but gradually have phased most of that out, and focus almost exclusively on topics of interest in our city. In 2011, we changed the name of the site to The Lewisville Texan Journal to reflect the change in focus.
I do about 95% of the work here in my spare time, and I probably spend 10-25 hours a week writing, researching, and maintaining the site. It’s a lot of work, but I do it because I believe in community engagement, and I think a city where citizens are informed is a city that excels.
Today, I learned that I have more to learn about sensitivity when dealing with issues of importance to transgendered people.
Each year, on April 1st, we have a little tradition of posting an April Fools article to pull the legs of our readers. It’s one of the things I usually look forward to, because those fake stories are fun to write, and we usually end up with a few people writing in to tell us they had us going for a minute, or that we fooled them for a brief time. April 1st isn’t the only time we’ve written satire, but there is usually a little bit of difference between the infrequent satire we do here, and the nonsense we run on April Fools.
Regular satire sort of starts and ends with absurdity, and unless one is extremely gullible, it’s pretty clear it’s satire from start to finish. This bit of tomfoolery by “Josh N. Yoo” about color-changing garbage cans is a good example of that.
With the April Fools jokes, the idea is to see if we can fool you for a paragraph or two, have you questioning by a couple more, and have you laughing well before the end and whatever we’re lampooning. Throughout the year, I jot down ideas and anxiously await the chance each April 1st to see who I can fool.
This past year, I went to a tour of a new Lewisville ISD facility where staff were taking visitors around and showing them the new building’s amenities, including the ample restroom and locker facilities for both men and women. A somewhat awkward part of that tour was when the group all went into the women’s locker room - a place that as a young teen, I might have loved to visit, but was just a little weird to me as a cis-gendered adult male to visit. At one point, we we were shown one of the women’s rooms there, and having my camera out to cover the tour, I snapped a photo of our now-retired and also male superintendent walking into the women’s room. I never posted that photo at the time, but sort of had in the back of my mind that it might make good fodder for some sort of April Fools day silliness.
Now, I recently have read about the plight of our transgendered brothers and sisters, who find themselves unwelcome in public restrooms by people who for reasons I can’t understand, resort to all sorts of bullying and shaming tactics on them. I guess there is an assumption there, that a human being who needs to use the toilet might be there instead as some way to satisfy some type of sexual fetish. I personally think that is preposterous, and believe that using the toilet is a personal, private human function that just doesn’t or shouldn’t lend itself to that. But taking into account people’s regressive attitudes toward transgendered individuals, it should be a no-brainer for large public buildings to provide gender-neutral bathrooms. And this is not just to accommodate the transgendered, but basically anyone who might need extra privacy, or perhaps some help using the toilet due to a disability. Throw in the fact that parents or other adult caregivers often need to deal with children who need to use the toilet, and must either bring the child into a restroom opposite to the child’s gender, or send the child in alone.
A community wide social is coming up on April 17th organized by the Seniors Standing Tall Coalition. This year the theme is “A Salute to the Greatest Generation” with USO style decorations, dinner, and dancing at the Cross Timbers YMCA. The YMCA was one of the four original founders of the United Service Organizations (USO) designed to support troops in 1941 at the onset of World War II.
The Lewisville High School Naval Jr. ROTC is providing the color guard and will stay to volunteer. The Rotary Club’s InterAct students and local businesses will also volunteer with decorating, serving, and dancing with guests throughout the evening. Dallas Acme Swing Dance Company performs each year and will give dance lessons to willing participants. The Texas Photo Booth Company is providing a photo booth for instant fun. Local photographer Colleen Drew will take professional photographs for lasting memories available for take home at 9pm the same evening.
Doors open at 5:30 with dinner served from 6pm to 7pm. The cost is $5 per person and the proceeds go to the local YMCA. Tickets are available at local senior centers, area senior communities, or by calling Home Helpers at 972-318-5054. Cross Timbers YMCA is located at 2021 Cross Timbers Road in Flower Mound.