Animal welfare groups to hold several fall festivals

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Austin is gearing up for plenty of fall festivals and events, including several hosted and sponsored by local animal welfare organizations. Starting Saturday, there will be plenty of opportunities to get out, have some fun and support the animal rescue community. Here are just a few of the fun events coming up:

 

Austin Pittie Limits

The Austin Animal Center in alliance with several animal welfare groups kick start Pit Bull Awareness month in October by speaking up about the benefits of adopting pit bull-type dogs and debunking the myths and negative images associated with the breed. Live music, adoptions, information sessions and training demonstrations are on the schedule Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, Austin, TX 78721. Free.

http://www.austintexas.gov/event/austin-pittie-limits-4

 

Paws in the Park

Local radio station Majic 95.5 will host this festival dedicated to our furry friends on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m-3 p.m. Listeners and their pets are invited to enjoy pet-friendly activities, on-site grooming, a shopping bazaar, live music and adoptions at Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad Ave, Round Rock, TX 78664. Free.

http://www.majic.com/pages/19685763.php

 

Puppy Mill Awareness Day

Several states throughout the country (including Texas) join forces to bring awareness to the cruel realities of the puppy mill industry on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event will feature live music, food, drink, vendors and training demonstrations. Local rescue groups will also be in attendance at Scholtz Garden, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701. Free.

There will also be a Silent & Live Art Auction and VIP Reception held on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 N. MoPac, Austin, TX 78759.

http://www.pmadtx.com/

Pet Fest

(Information provided by the Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas)

In its 12th year, the Pet Fest will be held at the San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. The family-friendly festival includes a Dog Jog 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run (which begins at 8 a.m.), vendor booths, live entertainment, K-9 Police Demo, training demo, agility demo, pet contests, pet rescues, kids’ activities, a silent auction and more.

Bring your pet (costumes are encouraged) or come meet and greet the homeless pets from local shelters and rescue organizations. Admission is free, but it is requested that attendees bring a donation of dry pet food. The event benefits PALS mission to provide low-cost spay/neuter services to dogs and cats.

www.PreventALitter.com

 

Barkitecture

Animal Lovers of Austin, Inc. will present the 2014 fundraiser on Oct. 19 from Noon – 4 p.m. at Triangle Park, 4660 Triangle Ave., Austin, TX 78751. Attendees will be able to bid on unique doghouses constructed by Austin architects, designers and builders as well as participate in a dog costume contest and shop at local vendor booths. Dogs will get an opportunity to visit a puppy “SPAW”. Free.

http://www.austinbarkitecture.com/

 

Tricks & Treats Gala

Join Austin Pets Alive! for a Halloween-themed gala on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 N. MoPac, Austin, TX 78759. The evening will include a silent auction, specialty cocktails, buffet, live entertainment, trick-or-treating for attendees and pets and more.

http://www.austinpetsalive.org/events/tricks-treats/

 

 

Texas Sized Pittie Pride Prom Parade and Festival

Thousands of costume-clad dogs and owners will take to the streets and march down Congress Avenue to Republic Square Park to raise awareness against the misunderstandings of pit bull type dogs on Oct. 26 from Noon – 4 p.m. This year, the Love-A-Bull Pittie Prom King and Queen will lead the parade. The Parade will begin at the Austin American-Statesman parking lot, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704, and end at Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701, in Downtown Austin. The festival will entail auctions, giveaways, local merchants, a pittie kissing booth and more. Free.

http://love-a-bull.org/tspp/event-schedules/

 

The Love-A-Bull team will also be hosting a VIP Prom Night on Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Palm Door on Sixth, 508 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Tickets include cocktails, food, prom photo and dance party. A costume contest and silent auction will be held.

http://love-a-bull.org/tspp/prom-night/

2014 Austin Pittie Limits: Celebrating dogs as individuals

From the City of Austin

The Austin Animal Center, in partnership with several animal welfare groups, will host the first-ever Austin Pittie Limits event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 27.

From the City of Austin

The Austin Animal Center, in partnership with several animal welfare groups, will host the first-ever Austin Pittie Limits event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 27. The Austin Animal Center is located in east Austin at 7201 Levander Loop.

Austin City Limits Music Festival is scheduled for the beginning of October, which is also Pit Bull Awareness Month, and we want to kick the festivities off in style by teaming up with other local animal welfare partners for an event that celebrates the diversity of “bully type dogs” and helps our community to better understand them and meet their needs.

Austin Pittie Limits will include live music and fun activities for the entire family, lots of adoptable dogs, plus informational booths about animal welfare resources available in our area, effective and positive dog training, prizes, goodie bags for adopted dogs, dog agility demos, games to play with your dog, and even a chance to make your own dog toys for active dogs. The event is free and open to the public, and pizza will be available for purchase.

“We have a lot of “bully-type” dogs, just like all shelters do,” said Behavior Program Manager, Amber Rowland, “and unfortunately there’s a lot of misinformation in our communities about them. Their personalities are as varied as they could be, no matter what their size or coloring.  The important part is to select a dog with a personality that’s a good match for your lifestyle and expectations, and then to provide the exercise and training that that particular dog needs.”

Some bullies are cuddly and affectionate, some are goofy clowns, some are super active and hard-working, and some are regal and reserved.

Shelters and rescue groups in our community have dogs of all breeds, mixes, and a huge variety of personalities, and it’s important (and fun!) to look beyond a dogs’ appearance or breed and appreciate the personality that makes each dog so special.

“The objective of Austin Pittie Limits, is to deliver this message in a fun and interactive way by inviting members of the community to come meet some of these dogs, hear first-hand accounts of adoption success stories, and see for themselves that great dogs come in all shapes and sizes.” said Jennifer Smith, Customer Service Supervisor.

Participating partners include; Austin Fire Department, Austin Humane Society, Austin Pets Alive!, Austin Police Department, Love-A-Bull, Animal Trustees of Austin, Classic Canines, Dogs out Loud, Don’t Bully Me Rescue, Emancipet, Friends of Austin Animal Center, Hard Luck Hounds, and TDAWG.

The Austin Animal Center is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 7201 Levander Loop. Adoptions are also available at the overflow kennels at Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., also open daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For more information, call 3-1-1 or visitwww.austinanimalcenter.org.

Art show to benefit Lab dumped on side of road

From the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

Julie, a 7-year-old lab mix, was found on the side of the road: dumped, injured, and needing medical attention. Since then, she has been in the loving care of a Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter foster home with artist and author CJ Clark. Stinger Studio is partnering with CJ Clark to host a benefit for Julie’s medical treatment.

In late April, Julie was found on the side of County Road 175 and FM 2243. She had a trash bag covering her head and body, a wound on the back of her head that extended almost to the skull, and multiple tumors. Upon examination, it also appeared she may have been shot in the hip.

Because of the generous donations of supporters, Julie was able to have spay and tumor removal surgery. She will need to undergo another surgery for more tumor removal and heartworm treatment.

“Julie’s resiliency is amazing,” says Cheryl Schneider, Williamson County Animal Services Director. “She does not hold a grudge for what happened to her. She just wants to be loved – and loves unconditionally in return.”

Everyone is welcome to Art for Aid – an art show to benefit Julie on September 18 at Stinger Studio, 1623 Rivery Blvd. Georgetown, TX from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On display will be drawings by Julie’s foster to forever mom, CJ Clark. There will also be a special appearance by Julie, herself.

Austin Pittie Limits, other fall pet events, include live music, free adoptions & more

Looking for something to do with your family and furry friends? Here’s a list of some of the events going on around town in September and October.

Looking for something to do with your family and furry friends? Here’s a list of some of the events going on around town in September and October.

September 20: 5th annual Starmark Pet Fest

10 am-3pm

Starmark Behavior Center

200 County Road 197, Hutto, TX

The annual festival, which benefits Austin Pets Alive, will be held at the Starmark Behavior Center in Hutto with plenty of activities for both dogs and kids. The event will include: a giant expo with action-packed demonstrations, yappy hour with live music, hayrides, food trucks, dog dashes, a canine carnival and more.

“We are so excited to host Starmark’s Pet Fest for a fifth year,” Keith Benson, president of Starmark Behavior Center, said in a press release. “We look forward to providing a fun event for Central Texas animal lovers while at the same time benefiting the wonderful work of Austin Pets Alive!”

For more information, visit: http://www.dogtrainingandboardingaustin.com/events/

September 27: Austin Pittie Limits

11 am-4pm

Austin Animal Center

7201 Levander Loop, Austin, TX

Preparing for October Pit Bull awareness month, shelter partners will be on the grounds of the Austin Animal Center to raise public awareness on the benefits of adopting and owning a bully type breed.

The Austin Animal Center wll be joined by several other local shelters & rescues including Austin Pets Alive, Austin Humane Society, Love-A-Bull, Don’t Bully Me Rescue, Animal Trustees of Austin, Emancipet, Austin Police Canines, Mounted Patrol, Nulo Pet Foods and others to be yet announced.

Along with FREE adoptions, there will be live music, food, games, bully success stories, t-shirts and more.

For more information, visit the Austin Pittie Limits Facebook page.

10600523_804645952918994_9026163722612386445_nSeptember 28: Puppy Mill Awareness Day

10 am-2pm

Scholz Garten

1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX

According to the href=”http://www.pmadtx.com/Info.html”>pmadtx.com website, Puppy Mill Awareness Day was created to raise awareness about the brutal realities of puppy mills.  The event has evolved to include many states across the nation, including Austin, Texas.

On Sunday, there will be live music, food, drinks, rescue & vendor booths and obedience & training demos. All leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome to this free event.

Also, on Saturday night, Sept. 27, there will be a VIP Reception with Silent & Live Art Auction. The event will include unlimited drinks, food, a silent auction and a live art auction.  Tickets are available at www.pmadtx.com/VIP_Reception.

For more information about this event, visit the Puppy Mill Awareness Day Facebook page.

October 11: 12th annual Pet FestPetfest

10 am-5pm

San Marcos Plaza Park

401 E. Hopkins Street, San Marcos, TX

(Information provided by the Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas)

This family-friendly festival includes a Dog Jog 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run (which begins at 8 a.m.), vendor booths, live entertainment, K-9 Police Demo, training demo, agility demo, pet contests, pet rescues, kids’ activities, a silent auction and more.

Bring your pet (costumes are encouraged) or come meet and greet the homeless pets from local shelters and rescue organizations.  Admission is free, but it is requested that attendees bring a donation of dry pet food. The event benefits PALS mission to provide low-cost spay/neuter services to dogs and cats.  For more information, visit www.PreventALitter.com.