Regional Chapters


WEST TEXAS CHAPTER
Midland, Odessa, Big Spring Areas

Rick Bousquet, Interim Chapter President
E Rick@thln.org

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Introducing The West Texas Chapter

The West Texas Chapter is looking for volunteers! We want to add some people to our Chapter Leadership Committee. If you have any experience in marketing, fund raising, developing relationships, politics, or a passion to help our cause please contact us today. We need your involvement and support! 

Please contact the THLN Executive Director if you are interested in developing this chapter.

Chapter Meetings & Events

THLN's 6th Annual Advocacy Conference
Sep 05 - 06, 2014


Open to the public

Save the Date! THLN's 6th Annual Advocacy Conference September 5-6 at the Hotel Palomar in Dallas TX. Click here for more information and to RSVP.


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Our Chapter In The News/Press

News: PAWS for a PurrPose Event

Nov 10, 2013 ~ PAWS for a PURRpose was a Texas statewide charitable public art event consisting of 60 beautiful works of art on fiberglass sculptures of the pets we so dearly cherish. Internationally known artist Allison Gregory selected 43 of some of the top artists in Texas to participate in this event. Many of these artists produce museum-quality work, and all were selected because of their unique style and overall quality of work. Read more.


News: ASPCA Honors Rep. Jason Villalba with Freshman Humane Legislator Award

Oct 25, 2013 ~ Rep. Jason Villalba recognized by THLN and ASPCA for his efforts to ban animal gas chambers in Texas. Read more.


News: THLN and HSUS Present Representative Eddie Lucio with Awards

Oct 16, 2013 ~ Cile Holloway, THLN and Katie Jarl, HSUS meet with Representative Eddie Lucio in Brownsville TX. Read more.


News: Lawmaker helps end gas euthanasia of strays in Texas

Oct 16, 2013 ~ Lucio was honored by the Texas Humane Legislation Network and received the 2013 Humane State Legislator Award during a small ceremony at his office, where Humane Society of the United States State Director Katie Jarl and Network President Cile Holloway presented the awards. Read more.


News: Animal Groups Recognize State Sen. Kirk Watson

Oct 01, 2013 ~ Humane Legislator Awards Ceremony honoring Senator Kirk Watson October 1 in Austin, TX. Read more.


News: Rick Bousquet at Texas Top Thirty Show benefitting THLN

Sep 28, 2013 ~ Rick Bousquet was at Art on 5th on Saturday, September 28, 2013, for the opening reception with the Texas artists. Read more.


Press Release: ASPCA, THLN Welcome Texas Law Banning Animal Gas Chambers

May 13, 2013 ~ NEW YORK-The ASPCA(r) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(r)) and the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) today commended Texas legislators and Gov. Rick Perry for ... Read more.


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News Archives

News: THLN's 2013 Legislative Agenda featured in Urban Paws Magazine

Oct 06, 2012 ~ Informative summary of THLN's 2013 legislative agenda in Urban Paws Magazine. Read more.


News: News Release: Texas Attorney General Secures Agreement for Customers of San Antonio-Area 'Puppy Mill' to Receive Refunds for their Veterinarian Bills

Sep 14, 2012 ~ Puppy Love, JustYourPup.com agree to create limited $2,500 restitution pool Read more.


Press Release: The Humane Society Legislative Fund and Texas Humane Legislation Network Release Texas State Humane Scorecard

Jan 20, 2012 ~ The Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Texas Humane Legislation Network is releasing its Texas State Humane Scorecard for the 2011 state legislative session today. The scorecard provides a ... Read more.


News: Texas Bar Journal

Nov 03, 2011 ~ Animal law is often perceived as “dogs and cats” law, which occupies the work of some lawyers, but it involves all animals — farm animals, ocean life, and wildlife. Read more.


News: Over 600 People Celebrate Puppy Mill Awareness Day in Austin

Sep 30, 2011 ~ Rescue organizations and advocacy groups come together to continue public education about puppy mills and backyard breeders. Read more.


News: Highlights of the Successful THLN Efforts to Protect Texas Animals

Aug 17, 2011 ~ The Texas Humane Legislation Network’s (THLN’s) successful efforts to protect Texas animals through advocacy, education, and legislation. Read more.


Media Coverage: HB 1451 Rules Being Outlined to Cut Back on Texas Puppy Mills

Aug 12, 2011 ~ In an interview with Executive Director of the Texas Humane Legislation Network Monica Hardy, the driving force behind HB 1451, the intentions and applications of the law were outlined. Read more.


Media Coverage: Midland Groups happy about animal cruelty bills on Perry's desk

Jun 07, 2011 ~ Members of the West Texas group and area supporters spent the past several months petitioning lawmakers to support tougher restrictions on puppy mills and cockfighting activities, said Kim Kempton, president of the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) area chapter. "We were delighted," said Lynda Webb, a member of the West Texas chapter of THLN. "With all of our budget problems, we are thrilled that the animals actually had a voice in this session." Read more.


News: Parties find common ground on animal-rights legislation

Feb 18, 2011 ~ Reps. Senfronia Thompson, a liberal Democrat from Houston, and Wayne Christian, a conservative Republican from East Texas, have each authored legislation endorsed by statewide and national animal rights groups that pushed their platform at the Capitol on Thursday. Read more.


News: Tell eBay to stop selling puppy mill dogs

Feb 18, 2011 ~ Sign the Petition! Tell eBay to shut down its sales of cruelly treated puppies and all live animals. Read more.


News: TVMA Supports Solution to Puppy Mills in Texas

Feb 18, 2011 ~ Representative Senfronia Thompson filed House Bill 1451, supported by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, concerning commercial breeders. Read more.


Video Gallery

For the Love of Dogs - Episode 11

About This Video:

Skip Trimble of the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) stopped by to discuss with Arthur and Farah of America Dog Rescue some of the specific reasons why puppy mills are not a humane option for breeding puppies.

Skip also provided some practical advice on how to avoid supporting a puppy mill the next time you add a new furry friend to your family.

  • Adopt from shelters and breed-rescue groups.
  • If you do buy a puppy from a breeder, visit the breeding facility and ask to see the mother of your puppy so you can see for yourself how the dogs are treated. Support breeders who treat dogs humanely.
  • Report any dog or cat breeder that does not have a TDLR license to TDLR and ask that they investigate.
  • Share this information with your friends and visit www.thln.org

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2010 - The Puppy Mill Problem

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Puppy Mills Breed Misery on Many Levels

The pet overpopulation problem will only get worse if puppy mills thrive. While thousands of dogs are destroyed in animal control facilities throughout Texas each year, underground puppy mills in untold numbers churn out thousands of puppies each week to be sold at pet stores, on websites or through newspaper ads.

These mills, operating in deplorable conditions that are both unsanitary and inhumane, flood the pet market with unhealthy puppies who often bring with them serious medical problems and possible tragedy when even the best of medical care is not enough to save them.

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HSUS Expose - A Puppy Mill Insider Speaks Out

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Timmy Bullion worked in Virginia puppy mills for years and is now telling the story of what really happens to the dogs inside.

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National Geographic - Cesar Millan, Dog Whisperer, Exposes Puppy Mills

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Cesar's work with Last Chance for Animals results in happy endings for rescued puppies.

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May 7 2011 + Paws on the Patio Fundraiser

We had a fantastic event Saturday at the Clear Springs Restaurant in Midland! This was a very successful event - lots of people turned out with their dogs despite the 100 degree weather. We had 60+ items on our auction table, gave out door prizes, handed out "to go" goodie bags for the dogs; lunch was a wonderful catfish buffet with all the fixings, and we raised a total of $6,000!! Plus, we had a very special guest, Monica Hardy! The event was so much fun and the local CBS station interviewed Kim for the nightly news! Great media coverage! Our chapter did an extraordinary job with promotion, decorations, silent auction, tickets, door prizes, merchandise sales and doggie goodie bags for the participants! Thanks for a job well done! All of us appreciate the hard work on making our third annual event a huge success!!

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