Austin Animal Services holding free rabies vaccination clinic Saturday

FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN

Protect your pets and your family with a free rabies vaccination. A free pet vaccination clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at Richard Moya Park 10001 Burleson Road.

As required by State law an owner or handler of a dog or cat must get the pet inoculated with the rabies vaccine.  The City of Austin Animal Services Office conducts four free clinics throughout the year.

Vaccinations are for dogs and cats 12 weeks of age and older. Puppies and kittens younger than 12 weeks will be provided free identification tags and registered in the Animal Services database so that they can be reunited with their owners if lost.

Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers or secured in boxes with air holes. Puppies should be brought in carriers or crates. For more information the public can call 3-1-1.
For more information about Animal Services and the Austin Animal Center visit www.austinanimalcenter.org.

About Austin Animal Services Office

Austin Animal Center is the largest municipal animal shelter in Central Texas, provides shelter to more than 20,000 animals annually and services to Austin/Travis County. This facility accepts stray and owned animals regardless of age, health, species or breed.

The goal is to place all adoptable animals in forever homes through adoptions, foster care or rescue partner groups.

Animal Services has numerous programs and partnerships designed to help pets in the shelter, in the community and in your home.

The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.  For more information go to www.austinanimalcenter.org, call 3-1-1, or visit www.facebook.com/austinanimalservices  for daily animal updates.

The City also maintains the Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., as an overflow animal adoption location.  It also is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Williamson County Shelter to host Denim and Diamonds Fur Ball

FROM THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY REGIONAL ANIMAL SHELTER

Join the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter’s (WCRAS) fifth annual Denim and Diamonds Fur Ball from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 25.  The gala will be held at La Frontera’s Marriott North, 2600 La Frontera Boulevard, Round Rock, Texas, and includes dinner, a silent auction, and entertainment.  This year’s event will feature emcee, Amanda Salinas, co-anchor of “Good Day Austin” along with guest speaker, Dr. Laura Hobgood-Oster, local author, Southwestern University professor, and WCRAS volunteer.

Attendees will be celebrating the shelter’s success and building for the future, as event proceeds will help build better enrichment programs and add space for the animals of Williamson County.  Limited seating is available.  Tickets are $75 for single or $125 for couple seatings and can be purchased at the animal shelter, 1855 S.E. Inner Loop, in Georgetown, or online at their website at www.wilcopets.org.  Tickets must be purchased or reservations made by Tuesday, October 21.  For more information, contact the shelter at 943-3322.

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is the only shelter solely devoted to the animals of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Hutto, Leander, and Williamson County.  WCRAS continues to maintain the no-kill status, with more than 7,500 animals housed during the last year.  This is possible with extensive community support, which allows us to build shelter improvements and implement new life-saving programs.

San Marcos shelter offering discount adoptions during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Days

FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter invites the community to Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Days taking place now through Oct. 31 at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter’s Adoption Center, located at 750 River Road in San Marcos as part of the national Home 4 the Holidays campaign.

“With as many as 7 million homeless pets in the U.S., it is important everyone get involved to help save an orphaned animal this holiday season,” said Cole Evans, Animal Shelter Supervisor.  “We’re proud to be a part of this amazing campaign and are dedicated to placing orphaned pets in homes so they can experience a happy new life.”

During the Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Days, every adoptable dog’s adoption fee will be discounted to only $20. The adoption will include the sterilization, rabies vaccination, de-worming, general health check, microchipping, and testing for heartworms. In addition, the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter will have select animals’ adoption fees 50% off during the entire Home 4 the Holidays campaign through Jan. 2, 2015.

“The team here at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is specially trained and can help families choose the perfect pet for their personalities and lifestyles,” Evans said. “We can’t think of anything better than seeing these beautiful cats and dogs find their loving, forever families this holiday season.”

For more information, visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/animaladoptions. For information on the kick-off event call San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Adoption Center at 512.805.2657 or email animaladoptions@sanmarcostx.gov

About Home 4 the Holidays: As one of the most successful pet adoption programs in the world, Home 4 the Holidays partners with thousands of animal organizations dedicated to finding forever homes for orphaned pets.  Founded by Helen Woodward Animal Center, the campaign began in 1999 with just 14 participating animal shelters in San Diego County.  Since it began 15 years ago, Home 4 the Holidays has helped over 8 million families experience the joy of pet adoption, including more than 1.2 million pet adoptions last year alone. For more information, please visit www.home4theholidays.org or email: h4th@animalcenter.org.

Free pet adoptions this weekend at the Austin Humane Society and Austin Animal Center

The Austin Humane Society (AHS) and the Austin Animal Center (AAC) are hoping to find homes for over 325 pets this weekend during the ASPCA Mega Match-A-Thon nationwide event sponsored by Subaru.

Austin is one of more than 30 locations taking part in the special event, which will be going on October 18-19.

There will be over 200 puppies and kittens available for adoption at the AHS, and over 250 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens ready for adoption at the AAC.

“It takes a community to help Austin’s homeless pets,” said Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith in a City of Austin news release.  “These types of special events and partnerships is key to saving lives in Austin.”

All adoption fees will be waived, and both shelters will also cover the cost of spay/neuter surgery, leash, collar, ID tag, microchipping and vaccinations for each adopted pet. In addition to free adoptions, the AHS will also have free giveaways, including Science Diet pet food.

Long lines are expected at both shelters, so potential adopters are encouraged to come early.

“Every single person who comes out to this event makes a difference,” said Frances Jonon, Executive Director of AHS in a news release. “Our goal as an organization is to save the lives of these animals in need. This adoption even helps us all come together to be a part of the solution.”

The Austin Humane Society (124 W. Anderson Lane) will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on both days, and the Austin Animal Center (7201 Levander Loop) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The adoption special will also apply to all pets at the overflow kennels at Town Lake Animal Center (1156 W. Cesar Chavez St.), open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Both shelters will also be at the The Thinkery at Mueller Park this weekend from 10am-6pm to help boost adoptions.

Georgetown Animal Shelter meets no-kill goal in 2014

FROM THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN

All across Georgetown, tails are wagging and the sound of purrs is emanating from every quarter, as the Georgetown Animal Shelter achieved a significant benchmark.

The City shelter achieved a live outcome rate of 90 percent for the 2014 fiscal year, which spanned October 1, 2013 to September 30. This means that the shelter met the common standard for no-kill status, which is a euthanasia rate under 10 percent. Animals are euthanized at the shelter only when they are severely sick or injured, or exhibit behavior unsafe to other animals or people.

This is the second time for the shelter to meet the annual no-kill standard. The shelter had a 90 percent live outcome rate in the 2011 calendar year. In the 2013 fiscal year, the live outcome rate was 81 percent, and in fiscal 2012 it was 85 percent.

“I’m so proud of our staff and volunteers who work so hard to find good, appropriate homes for our dogs and cats.  And we are all grateful to the public for adopting,” said Jackie Carey, animal services manager.

Other notable milestones from the year-end report include:

  • A record number of adoptions, with 904 in fiscal year 2014, 871 in fiscal 2013, and 822 in fiscal 2012.
  • A noticeable spike in cat adoptions, with 500 adopted in fiscal 2014, 371 in fiscal 2013, and 412 in fiscal 2012.
  • The highest number of impounded animals ever with 1,863 impounded in fiscal 2014—a 12 percent increase. The number impounded in fiscal 2013 was 1,664 and in fiscal 2012 was 1,671.
  • A near-record number of animals returned to their owners with 426 returned in fiscal 2014, 438 in fiscal 2013 and 318 in fiscal 2012. That is a 34 percent increase from two years ago.

According to Carey, the dramatic increase in animals being returned to their owners is probably a result of increased efforts to track down and work with owners on reclaiming their animals, as well as more animals being microchipped.

In summary, the shelter took in 12 percent more animals than in the previous year, yet both the number of adoptions and the number returned to owners increased, resulting in fewer animals being euthanized.

“This is a huge accomplishment for an open intake municipal shelter,” said Carey. “We are required by law to take in every animal surrendered or picked up at-large within our jurisdiction, even aggressive or sick animals. To accomplish no-kill under those requirements is nothing short of amazing.”

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Street next to the McMaster Athletic Complex. The shelter website is pets.georgetown.org. Contact the Georgetown Animal Shelter by phone at (512) 930-3592 or by email at animalsvc@georgetown.org.

Dog remains hopeful, despite long-stay at shelter

Fannie_RTRIt was a dream-come-true. Fannie, a 12-year-old Boxer mix, had a soft bed, plenty of food, and children who played with her. She had finally found a place to call home.

Sadly, Fannie’s dream did not last long. After her family went through a divorce, her adoptive father had to go back to his Army base and could no longer care for her. So, through no fault of her own, Fannie was returned to a shelter, to try and find a new home.

And still she waits.

After nearly 1,000 days in the shelter, Fannie still remains hopeful, according to Austin Pets Alive volunteers. They see her patiently waiting in her kennel, watching with hopeful eyes as potential adopters go by. And, according to the volunteers, she happily greets every visitor with a look that says, ‘Could you be the one?’

“Despite all she’s been through, Fannie hasn’t given up on anyone,” says volunteer Anna Crockett. “She still faces each day with a smile.”

Her ability to maintain such a sweet, gentle nature is not the only thing that makes her so endearing. APA says that Fannie is also a girl with tons of personality who loves car rides, walks, treats, taking naps and cuddling.

According to the volunteers at APA, she walks beautifully on a leash and loves to be outdoors. She will go wherever her nose leads her – even to fast food places like Sonic.

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“I love the way she can make herself at home anywhere she goes,” says volunteer Summer Huggins. “She lives in the moment – happy to be there, making new friends.”

Fannie also loves being with people, including children. Her previous family reported that she was great with their small kids, and she was delighted to be the center of attention with a group of kids that came to volunteer at the APA. In fact, Fannie is the go-to-dog during volunteer orientation because she will cheerfully greet all new volunteers and will make them feel welcome.

Fannie_Mason“Fannie makes everyone feel special,” says volunteer Kaylee Soltes Russell. “Whether she’s meeting someone for the first time, or has known them for a while, her face lights up and her tail starts wagging when she’s given even a hint of attention.”

All the volunteers at APA agree that Fannie is sweetheart that would make a great companion. She may not be too fond of other dogs or cats, but she’s fantastic with even the tiniest of humans.

“She is the kind of dog that is smart enough to know when she has it good and smart enough to love it when life is great,” says volunteer Belinda Field.

And, for Fannie, life would be great if she could finally find her forever family.

Austin Animal Center over-capacity; waiving adoption fees

FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN

An influx of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to the already over-burdened Austin Animal Center this week has prompted officials to waive adoption fees for all animals through Oct. 12.

On Oct 7 alone, more than 50 animals entered the shelter system. Due to the high number of intakes the Center is confronting a capacity crisis with a deficit of approximately 85 kennels for large- and medium-size dogs.

October has been a slow month for both pet adoptions and pets being returned to their owners which is compounding the over-capacity issue.

Additionally, the Animal Services Veterinary staff is providing medical treatment to more than two dozen dogs and cats that have come in with broken limbs. Ideally, these pets will recover better in a foster home and most will be ready for foster care this week.

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“Though staff and volunteers have been able to provide medical services, socialization and playtime for the nearly 762 animals in our care, we’re not in a sustainable position,” Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith said. “We need help ensuring no animal is at risk of missing their chance for a good home.”

As a reminder, pet owners who have lost a pet recently should immediately look at the Austin Animal Center for their lost pet. The Austin Animal Center will also be waiving reclaim fees for all altered pets returned to their owners through Oct. 12.

The Center tweets every hour with information about lost pets that have just come into the shelter. Follow @austinanimals for those updates.

The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The adoption special also will apply to all pets at the overflow kennels at Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St. This facility is also open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit http://www.austinanimalcenter.org; call 3-1-1; or check http://www.facebook.com/austinanimalservices for daily pet updates.