Bring a pet home for the holidays: Austin Animal Center holding $25 adoption specials

FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN

The Austin Animal Center will celebrate the holidays by offering specials on pet adoptions through Jan. 4, 2014.  Pet adoptions for all ready-to-go dogs and cats will be $25.

All pets adopted will include spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and vaccinations – a package valued at more than $200. The usual adoption fee is $75.

The shelter will have a “Home for the Holidays” kick-off event from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec.13  that will include games, prizes, treats and pictures with Santa.
The Austin Animal Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 and on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Additionally, the Austin Animal Center will be launching a donation drive for items needed for the pets such as toys, treats, jackets for large dogs, and dog houses. Items can be dropped off at the Austin Animal Center daily.

City shelter pet adoptions are available at the Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, and the City’s dog overflow kennels at Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St. The centers are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.  For more information check www.austinanimalcenter.org or call 3-1-1 or check Facebook for daily pet updates, www.facebook.com/austinanimalservices .

About the Austin Animal Services Office
Austin Animal Center, 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. Since 2011, the City’s animal shelter is the largest municipal shelter to sustain its no-kill city status—saving 90 percent or more of the homeless pets that enter the shelter.
Animal Services has numerous programs and partnerships designed to help pets in the shelter, in the community and in your home.

Austin Humane Society holding cat & kitten specials through end of November

In an effort to find forever homes for the unexpected influx of cats and kittens in the Austin area, the Austin Humane Society will be holding a ‘Meowvember Cat Special.’

Through the end of November, all adult cats will be free and single kittens will be $20. Adopt two kittens and the second one will be free.

So, if you are looking for an adorable new family member, check out the Austin Humane Society this month.

Nut job: Bold squirrel snatches GoPro

In a video posted to YouTube last weekend by user Viva Frei, a mischievous squirrel nabbed Frei’s GoPro, ran up a tree and went…well, nuts.

The video is gaining quick popularity, with over 1.2 million views as of this post.

According to the video description, Frei had attached a piece of bread to the GoPro, which probably explains why the squirrel bolted off with the camera. Check out the little guy in action.

Austin Animal Center offering special for Military and Veterans

FROM THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER

In honor of the great men and women who have served our country, the Center is offering $25 adoption fees for all ready to go dogs and cats and is waiving all adoption fees for all active duty military, veterans and their families through Sunday, November 16.

14-AAC-VeteransSpecial-10x8The Animal Center is currently operating 118 kennels short. The change in temperature, as well as last weeks rain storm, has resulted in a large number of pets getting away from their homes and ending up at the shelter.

With the shelter functioning beyond capacity, the shortage of space puts stress on the animals, the volunteers who work with these pets and the staff who feed and keep the kennels of these pets clean.

“If all of the pets in Travis county had collars with current ID tags and microchips, it would be easier to get these pets home and it would prevent them from having to go through the shelter system” says Chief Animal Services Officer, Abigail Smith.

If a pet is lost, owners should visit the Austin Animal Center first. Owners can also check the Animal Center’s website for a picture of the lost animal at www.austinanimalcenter.org or follow the Center’s twitter feed @austinanimals for lost pets. The twitter feed updates hourly with information on lost pets.

The City is asking if you find a lost pet, please keep the pet safely contained, call 3-1-1 to report the lost animal, and house the animal a few days before turning in to the shelter.

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

San Marcos Animal Shelter holding Thankful Cats Adoptions in November

FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter invites the community to give a cat a forever home during Thankful Cats Adoptions now through Nov. 29 at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter’s Adoption Center, 750 River Road, as part of the nationwide Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption program.

During the Thankful Cats Adoptions, every adoptable cat’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 Felv/FIV. In addition, the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter will have select animals’ adoption fees reduced by 50% until Jan. 2, 2015.

“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.”

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

For more information, go to www.sanmarcostx.gov/animaladoptions, 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.

First-ever Dog Beard and Moustache Competition to benefit Austin Animal Center

FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN

Join Austin Facial Hair Club and Austin Animal Center on Saturday, Nov. 15 for the first ever Dog Beard and Moustache Competition at the Mohawk 912 Red River Street from 2 to 6 p.m.

The Mohawk and Austin Facial Hair Club are teaming up with Austin Animal Center to help pets in need find forever homes.  Dog lovers throughout central Texas will convene and show off their canine’s coiffure.

The contest includes a number of categories to enter:

  • Dog & Owner look-a-like contest
  • Freestyle category
  • Best groomed
  • Gnarliest beard
  • Short groomed
  • Sideburns/chops
  • Best in show
  • Fantasy beard
  • and a costume contest

To enter your pet in one of the categories email mohawkdogcomp@gmail.com with name, phone number, pet’s name, and catergory(ies) that your pet will be interested in entering.

Doors will open at 2 p.m. The event is family-friendly and will be free of charge with a $5 suggested donation at the door.

Proceeds benefit the Austin Animal Center.

About the Austin Facial Hair Club
The Austin Facial Hair Club was founded sometime after 2007 with the goal of representing Austin, Texas, and the USA in the 2009 World Beard and Moustache competition in Anchorage, AK.
The Austin Facial Hair Club is dedicated to promoting positive facial hair awareness and having a good time. The Austin Facial Hair Club is open to all men and women; hirsute, in pursuit, or just generally enthused by facial hair.

More information at austinfacialhairclub.com.

About Austin Animal Center
Austin Animal Center is the largest no-kill municipal animal shelter in the United States providing shelter to more than 18,000 animals annually and serving 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.
Austin Animal Center 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.