The Pet Protect Project started over ten years ago to help with unwanted, abused, neglected small vegetarian and vegan animals, like guinea pigs, bunnies, and chickens. This is an organic farm, where the animals are dearly loved and live as natural a life as possible. It is a vegan household of one handicapped widow and her loyal service dog, who was adopted from the county shelter. The whole ecosystem of this micro-farm is natural settings, homemade love, and giving back to society, the environment, and animals. Art plays a big part as does veganism and basic rights for all.
The honor system takes place on the alleyway with a street sign that says, Vegan Market Street. Just leave your free-will donations in the little blue box on the fence. Some items may have a nominal price tag on them. This is a nonprofit business, all money replaces seeds, plants and helps with food, bedding, medication, vet care, and habitats for the animals. If you don’t have a donation, that is okay, please take some food and eat, don’t go hungry, and if you have a dog that is hungry, please feed him too. Seasonal homemade baked goods are put out in the buildings for a freewill donation.
Added: Little Dutch Cleanser Herb House (dry & fresh herbs, and seasonal homemade herbal cigarettes), some live plants in the side baskets of the building, Windmill Library (free books), Give N Take Free Food Pantry (vegan only donations please), Three Peas Fruit & Vegetable Stand (organic/seasonal). Sometimes bags of vegan cat and dog food are on the top shelf of the egg house, home-made masks too! Donations are appreciated but never mandatory. Motto: Donate-Don’t Donate, This is a Communally Stress-Free Area.
The Pride & Joy House was built in 1886. The owner use to date Stevie Ray Vaughan back in the ’70s, and he wrote a song for her called, The Pride & Joy. Visit the stainless steel memorial statue for Stevie at the Oak Hill Cemetery on hwy 95 Smithville, coming from the north, after passing the high school you will crest the hill, it will be on the left-hand side, take the third exit, and it will be on the right before the road forks over.
We have room for more surrendered animals: Turkeys, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, and rabbits.
There is always a need for donations of Basic Needs items (soap shampoo, toothpaste, and such) which I put in homemade bags, then in zip lock bags, vegan foods (please no honey, dairy, meats, or seafood), vegan cat and dog food, kitty litter, wild bird seed (no lard suet), and books for the library.
The second annual Christmas Stocking Giveaway (this year is a Rock N Roll Guitar theme), to those who have little to nothing for this holiday, will always gratefully take donations of vegan snacks, socks, gloves, and any basic stocking stuffers for this project. The categories are Men, Women, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Boys, Girls, Infant/Toddlers, Cats, and Dogs. Again, please keep everything vegan, and as kind to the environment as possible, no milk bones and raw hide, think veggie. There are many vegan snacks for cats and dogs, Amazon and Chewy have some. Service dog Baklava has been a vegan since adoption over six years and passes his yearly wellness test at the veterinarian’s. He is the healthiest dog on the block. All stockings are handmade. The stockings are set out a week or two before Christmas, a few a day at different times. Find them in the baskets in the Three Peas Fruit and Vegetable Stand.
Please see the many Facebook pages to contact, explore and learn more about this busy lady.
The Pet Protect Project
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Pride & Joy House
Service Dog Baklava
Smithville Houston Toad Society
Lyubochka N Baklava
A New America
Smithville Animal Shelter