Free pet adoptions from Black Friday to Cyber Monday in Williamson County

From Williamson County:

What better way to kick off the holiday season then to save a life by adopting a rescued pet or two?

From Black Friday, Nov. 27 through Monday, Nov. 30 Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is joining national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society, along with animal rescue groups and shelters across the country to offer free adoptions. The event is sponsored by Zappos.com – the online retailer known for its customer service.

“You cannot put a price on love and during this free adoption promotion, you don’t have to. Our adoption team will be thrilled to match you up with the pet of your dreams,” said Cheryl Schneider, Animal Services Director.

All pets will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before they go to their new forever homes.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is an active partner in Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets® Network which offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter’s holiday adoption promotions include:
• Free adoption fee
• Free Wellness Exam
• Free Private Training Session for dog adoptions
• A “welcome home” package including food, coupons, and more!

Adopters are encouraged to visit the shelter’s webpage, wilcopets.org, to view adoptable animals and print out the adoption application. A filled out adoption contract, counseling with volunteers or staff, and a valid ID are all required to adopt. Cat carriers will be sold for $4 or adopters are encouraged to bring their own.

About Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is the only shelter solely devoted to the lost and abandoned animals of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Hutto, Leander, and Williamson County. Through community support, they have maintained a 90% or higher Save Rate for the past four years. http://wilcopets.org

About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,300 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To become a fan of Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bestfriends

Uber brings puppies on demand

Photo from Uber
Photo from Uber

Uber announced they will deliver puppy playtime services tomorrow in Austin, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The ridesharing company has had #UberPUPPIES days before, but this is the first time the service has been offered in Austin. The city has had the opportunity to order cuddles on demand, however. Last October, Uber delivered kittens to Austin businesses on National Cat Day.

In January, Uber offered their puppy delivery service in 10 different cities as a promotion for the Puppy Bowl. They partnered with animal shelters in each of the cities to provide puppies.

Tomorrow’s puppies will be from Austin Pets Alive!, who will send representatives with each puppy delivery and can help with adopting a furry friend.

If you’re interested, $30 buys 15 minutes of puppy playtime. The service is limited to their “#UberPUPPIES Zone,” a square area bounded by North Lamar Boulevard, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Interstate 35 and First Street.

Photo from Uber
Photo from Uber

Uber predicts the service will be very popular, and says so on the news release: “These cute little canines will be in very high demand and availability will be limited, so please be patient.”

We regret to say that the Statesman newsroom is not in the delivery zone.

Austin Animal Center waiving reclaim fee after floods displace almost 200 pets

From the City of Austin Animal Services Office: 

Do you know this pup? If he's yours, you can reclaim him without fee at the Austin Animal Center.
Do you know this pup? If he’s yours, you can reclaim him without fee at the Austin Animal Center.

With many animals still unclaimed after the 2015 Halloween weekend flooding, the Austin Animal Center will waive the fee for owners reclaiming their lost pets through Wednesday, Nov. 4, to encourage pet-owner reunions.

The Austin Animal Center provided a place for animals that were displaced by the storms as well as took in almost 200 lost pets from the weekend storms. Many of these pets are still waiting for their owners to claim them.

“If you, a friend or neighbor is missing a pet, come to Austin Animal Center,” said Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond.  “There are so many animals we know must have owners out there.”

Austin Animal Center is also offering free spay/neuter surgery for reclaimed animals.

Because of the influx in pets, Austin Animal Center has also requested emergency fostering from the community. Since Saturday, 54 pets have gone into temporary foster homes.

While the storm is over for now, Austin Animal Center is at capacity, with many more lost pets coming to the shelter every day.

AAC could use continued support. Here are five ways you can help the hundreds of animals housed at Austin Animal Center.

1. Walk shelter dogs. You don’t have to be a registered volunteer to help walk the more than 300 dogs looking for a kennel break. Come any day between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and walk available dogs. Volunteers and staff can help you get started and answer any questions.
2. Volunteer. The shelter is conducting volunteer orientations for lots of new positions, including shelter greeter, cat and dog enrichment specialist and adoption specialist. Visit  http://www.austintexas.gov/department/volunteer  to learn about volunteer opportunities.
3. Foster. The shelter houses more than 300 dogs at two locations, and many are there for several months, so the shelter is always in need of fosters who can take shelter dogs for a weekend or longer. Visit http://www.austintexas.gov/fosterpets to learn more about fostering a shelter pet.
4. Like the Austin Animal Center on social media. Follow AAC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share posts with friends and family. When you share, it helps bring lifesaving attention to cats and dogs seeking forever homes.
5. Donate. There are many ways to give. Donate to the Friends of the Austin Animal Center to help the most at-risk pets, including older cats and dogs and animals that have stayed the longest at the center. You can also donate much-needed items like bones, toys and beds through the Friends’ Amazon wish list. http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1OYN0JC9EG4KM/ref=cm_wl_sortbar_v_page_4?ie=UTF8&page=4&sort=rank

The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the website to view all pets available for adoption at www.austinanimalcenter.org  or check www.facebook.com/austinanimalservices for daily animal updates.