Austin Humane Society holding ‘Big Dogs, Big Love’ adoption special

Gus is one of many large dogs available at the Austin Humane Society
Gus is one of many large dogs available at the Austin Humane Society

Update: Feb. 10: The Austin Humane Society will be holding $20 adoptions through Valentine’s Day, so you’d better hurry to find your big love.

Earlier: Big dogs are just as worthy of love as any other dog. And, since there has been a recent surge of large dogs at the Austin Humane Society, the shelter will be offering $20 adoption fees for all dogs over 40 lbs. until further notice.

Check out some of the dogs available for adoption here at the AHS website, or go see them for yourself at the shelter from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter receives $80K Petco Foundation Grant

FROM THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY REGIONAL ANIMAL SHELTER

WCRAS employee Tawnie L’Allier places a microchip in Bromley before he is adopted.
WCRAS employee Tawnie L’Allier places a microchip in Bromley before he is adopted.

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) announced it has been awarded an $80,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to fund their Offsite Adoption Program and their Prevention Program, including free services to citizens the five jurisdictions serve.
WCRAS is the only shelter solely devoted to the lost and abandoned animals of Round Rock, Leander, Cedar Park, Hutto, and Williamson County – serving a population of approximately 450,000 citizens. Since 2011, this open admission shelter has maintained a 90% or above save rate and has received national recognition for its life-saving mission. This “No-Kill” status is not mandated, but has been maintained because the shelter believes it is simply the right thing to do.
The Petco Foundation grant will be used to expand the WCRAS’ Offsite Adoption Program by hiring a new position and purchasing a new van. Plus, the grant will significantly fund the new Prevention Program. The goal of this program aims to reduce the overall number of animals that come into the animal shelter. This includes free microchips for citizens of the five jurisdictions, free collar and ID tag with adoptions, and free spay/neuter surgeries for pets of families with a financial need. For more information about any of these services, please contact the shelter staff at wcras@wilco.org.
“Our aim is to reunite families with their pets faster with the help of microchips and tags” says Cheryl Schneider, animal services director. “By increasing our reunions and decreasing unwanted litters, we hope to decrease the number of animals entering the shelter and thus, decrease the chance of euthanasia because of overcrowding.”
The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more than 8,000 local animal-welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,200 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs, and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, and the Petco Foundation is also involved in many national animal-welfare efforts.
In 2012, the Petco Foundation surpassed $100 million in funds raised for companion animals since the organization was created. To learn more, visit http://www.petcofoundation.org

Protect your pet during cold weather

News release from the City of Austin:

As temperProtect your petsatures drop to below freezing, the Animal Services Office would like to remind pet owners to protect their pets during cold weather.

During the last 24 hours, the City’s Animal Protection Officers have received more than two dozen calls from residents reporting pets being left outside. The office anticipates additional calls as the weather forecasts rain or sleet.

The best option is to keep your cat or dog indoors as much as possible during cold weather. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as Huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.

Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts.

Pet owners also need to understand that an un-heated car is not effective shelter for a pet. The space inside a car is too large to be heated adequately with a pet’s own body heat. It instead acts like a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing frostbite or death.

Also be aware of outdoor cats during cold weather. Outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars to take advantage of the warmth of the engine and the shelter. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give any cats a chance to escape.

If pets can’t be brought in during cold weather, they must be provided with a snug place to sleep with a floor, a roof and at least 3 walls as well as dry bedding material (straw works best for shelters that are not fully protected from rain). Animal Protection can provide assistance to residents with providing doghouse assistance and even with extra blankets. More information about this program is on the website, here.

See more pet safety tips from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals here.

Lastly, January through March is an ideal time to have your pets spayed and neutered to prevent an excess of spring puppies and kittens. Residents should take advantage of free Mobile clinics provided by Austin Animal Center and Emancipet. For a schedule in your area, visit here.

For additional information visit the www.austinanimalcenter.org or call (512) 978-0500 or 3-1-1 for animal issues after hours or check Facebook for daily pet updates, www.facebook.com/austinanimalservices.