Texas Humane Heroes, Tomlinson’s Feed find ‘furever’ homes


A partnership between Texas Humane Heroes and Tomlinson’s Feed in Cedar Park is helping hundreds of pets find new homes every month. In its 17th year, the relationship places around 2,500 pets each year. 

Jen and Gregg Newcombe, volunteers with the Texas Humane Heroes, say their first adoption event with Tomlinson’s Feed was in the summer and that they enjoy seeing animals and owners connect.

“Texas Humane Heroes is trying to end pet homelessness,” said Gregg. “That’s obviously a massive mission but with all the resources we have available, we are dedicated to making that happen.”

“We want every animal to have a home and every home to have an animal,” added Jen.

The Newcombe’s said they help with everything from daily kennel cleanings and feedings to baths and walks for the animals. They also help out the Texas Humane Heroes Hero Town team on the weekends at PetSmart. The couple also said they are being trained to start approving and processing adoptions themselves.

Texas Humane Heroes is a no kill, private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with dog and cat adoption centers in Leander (Greater Austin Metropolitan area) and Killeen. Established in 1979, Texas Humane Heroes enhances the lives of pets and people through adoption, availability of low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics as well as family-friendly community events. Texas Humane Heroes finds homes for animals from 40 shelters across Texas.

The organization is 100% funded by donations, grants and modest fees for services. Texas Humane Heroes does not receive any local, state, or federal government funding.

Tomlinson’s was established in 1946 by Mr. T. R. Tomlinson as a chick hatchery at the current 49 1/2 Street location. As the area began to change and the pet industry began to grow in the Post World War II era, Tomlinson changed his market focus.

According to company records, the business developed into a full-line “feed store” offering livestock feed and supplies along with poultry. In the mid-1960’s, he began wholesaling birds to other pet stores across the country.

In 1971, Liniel Click bought the business. With the help of his two young sons, Marty and Scott, Liniel operated the neighborhood feed store providing everything from horse feed and live chickens to western boots and nursery plants.

Again, as the Austin area and the pet business changed, Tomlinson’s changed with it. Livestock feed and poultry were gradually phased out and the business moved more heavily into the retail pet trade. The wholesale bird business was also expanded with regular buying routes across Texas and an increased customer base in all 50 states plus some foreign countries.

Manager Brad Bowdon now leads the Cedar Park Tomlinson’s Feed location which opened in 2009.

“Working with the Texas Humane Heroes is great,” said Bowdon. “They’re here once a month for regularly scheduled adoptions and it’s great for the animals and for owners looking to rescue a pet. We’re helping animals who need homes and we’re helping the folks that have pets.”

Pet adoptions with Texas Humane Heroes are held the third Saturday of every month at Tomlinson’s Feed, 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 235, Cedar Park. For more information, please visit