Pets of the Week: Adopt these cats and dogs from Texas Humane Heroes

If you’re looking for a new furry friend, these are the Pets of the Week from Texas Humane Heroes in Leander. You can visit their website to search for more available pets and learn more about the Pets of the Week, or visit their facilities in Leander and Killeen.

Duke

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Duke is 2 years and 10 months old. He’s a housetrained domestic shorthair.

Kai

Hey ladies, it’s me, Kai. I’m a big, strong young man who is looking for my forever love. I’m a fit guy who likes to stay active and would enjoy a partner who is into health, as well. I like spending my days hanging out with lots of human friends, but I’ll always come to you doll. Need a little fun in your life? Well look no further, Kai is here.”

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Kai, an American Staffords Terrior, is 1 year and 6 months old. He’s partially housetrained.

Marla

“Hi, I’m Marla. I’m a shy, reserved gal waiting for a calm home to blossom in. I am very sweet one-on-one with adults but I get scared and overwhelmed around younger humans. If we take things slow, I know we can bond and be best friends!”

Marla, just over 11 months old, is a hound mix.
Marla, just over 11 months old, is a hound mix.

Stephanie

Stephanie is a 1-year-old terrier mix.
Stephanie is a 1-year-old terrier mix.

Axel

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WATCH: Learn how to interact with a service dog with help from Dodson, a puppy-in-training

Dodson is a puppy-in-training with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Contributed by Chloe Gonzales
Dodson is a puppy-in-training with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Contributed by Chloe Gonzales

Do you know how to act around a service dog? Austin360 team member Chloe Gonzales is a volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind, and she brought Dodson, her current service-dog-in-training, to our HQ Wednesday. She discussed the do’s and don’t’s for interacting with a person and a service dog and answer questions about getting involved in training. Watch the video below.

Austin dog Brie finishes second in Sporting Group at Westminster, Houston dog takes third

So close! Austin dog Whiskeytown Dalwhinnie Brie finished second (!) in the Sporting Group on Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Brie, a 4-year-old Wiredhaired Pointing Griffin who won best in breed for the second year in a row, was bested by an Irish Setter named Adrian. Another Texas dog, Golden Retriever Elphaba out of Houston, was a crowd favorite and got what sounded through the TV like the biggest cheers for the group. She came in third. Great showing Brie and Elphaba!

Brie, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, won best in breed for the second year in a row at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Contributed by Debbie Elliott
Brie, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, won best in breed for the second year in a row at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Contributed by Debbie Elliott

Austin dog wins best in breed, competes tonight at Westminster

Austin’s own Whiskeytown Dalwhinnie Brie — just Brie when not competing — won best in breed on Monday night in the Wiredhaired Pointing Griffin competition at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The 4-year-old, who won her breed last year, too, will be back in the ring Tuesday night for the Sporting Group at Madison Square Garden. If she wins that, it’s on to Best in Show. Owners Donna and Gino Troy of Austin are there to cheer on Brie, along with Donna’s sister, Debbie Elliott, who tipped us to the victory and shared a photo. Go, Brie!

The competition airs on FS1 starting at 7 p.m.

Brie, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, won best in breed for the second year in a row at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Contributed by Debbie Elliott
Brie, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, won best in breed for the second year in a row at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday. Contributed by Debbie Elliott

Share the love for Valentine’s Day: Austin shelters offer free pet adoptions this weekend

Looking to adopt a pet? This weekend is the time to do it, because all of Austin’s animal shelters are offering free adoptions all weekend long – that’s right, every single one of them.

The Austin Humane Society, Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Animal Center are waiving fees on all adoptable pets from Feb. 10-12 as part of the Petco Foundation’s national “Discover Love” event, which is providing funding to cover the cost of the waived adoption fees.

All cats, dogs, kittens, puppies and even rabbits will be adoptable free of charge all weekend long. The shelters hope to have a total of 600 animals adopted by the end of the event, according to a release from the Austin Animal Center.

Photo: Austin Pets Alive!
Photo: Austin Pets Alive!

“At any given time, there are 2,000 pets of all ages, sizes and breeds waiting in Austin shelters for new families,” said Austin Animal Center Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond. “This is an exciting opportunity for our shelters to come together, with support from the Petco Foundation, to find homes for hundreds of homeless pets.”

You can see available animals online at the organizations’ websites: Austin Pets Alive!, the Austin Animal Center and the Austin Humane Society.

Pets of the Week: Adopt these cuties from Texas Humane Heroes

If you’re looking for a new furry friend, these are the Pets of the Week from Texas Humane Heroes in Leander. You can visit their website to search for more available pets and learn more about the Pets of the Week, or visit their facilities in Leander and Killeen.

Draco is a one-year-old Dogue de Bordeaux mix available at Texas Humane Heroes in Leander.
Draco is a one-year-old male Dogue de Bordeaux mix available at Texas Humane Heroes in Leander.
Duke is a housetrained two-year-old domestic shorthair available at Texas Humane Heroes in Leander.
Duke is a housetrained two-year-old domestic shorthair available at Texas Humane Heroes in Leander.
Oatmeal Stout is a seven-year-old female basset hound mix available at Texas  Humane Heroes in Leander.
Oatmeal Stout is a seven-year-old female basset hound mix available at Texas Humane Heroes in Leander.
Grapefruit is a six-month-old domestic shorthair available at Texas Humane Heroes in Leander.
Grapefruit is a six-month-old domestic shorthair available at Texas Humane Heroes in Leander.
Jackson is a one-year-old mixed breed dog available at Texas Humane Heroes in Leander.
Jackson is a one-year-old male mixed breed dog available at Texas Humane Heroes in Leander.