Holiday Help for Shelter Pets

PugHome for the Holidays Austin Dog RescueThe holidays bring out the giving spirit in us and there are plenty of ways to spread holiday cheer and extend that spirit to Austin animal rescues this season. Whether it is donating a little time, space or money, small efforts make a big difference for many animal welfare organizations.

Holiday Fostering – Most pet rescues with a foster program need fosters for their pet foster families who are planning on going out of town during the holidays. Temporary foster assignments usually last a few days to a week. Contact your favorite group’s foster coordinator for more information.

Adoption – Giving a shelter pet a loving, forever home during the holidays is a great gift not only for the pet, but for the adopter as well. Some organizations, such as the Austin Humane Society, provide adoption vouchers that you can give as a gift to someone looking to adopt. Adoption counselors at your local shelters are great resources for the details.

Wish Lists – Don’t forget our furry friends when you are out holiday shopping. Most shelters and rescues have their own lists of much needed items such as food, beds, blankets, collars, toys, towels and treats. Most wish lists are posted on an organization’s website. Check online for specific needs.

Seasonal Fundraisers – Many rescues host several fundraisers throughout the end of the year that benefit their groups. Whether it’s buying a raffle ticket, going to a happy hour, getting a picture of your dog with Santa taken or having your gifts wrapped, the proceeds go toward organizations’ missions and efforts. Rescues usually post their event calendars on their websites and social media pages.


Holiday Fundraisers


Winter Wonderland Party

Party goers are invited to enjoy festivities featuring live entertainment, silent auction, raffle, food, s’mores, photos with Santa and more while supporting the Texas Humane Heroes. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under.



Home for the Holidays

Enjoy games, prizes, treats and photos with Santa on Dec. 13 at the Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and help the shelter kick start their “Home for the Holidays” campaign. AAC is offering $25 adoption fees until Jan. 4 to help their shelter pets find forever homes. Free.


Let It Snore Holiday Party

Celebrate the season while supporting the Pug Rescue of Austin on Dec. 13 from 1-3 at Austin Canine Central, 5402 Middle Fiskville Rd. Festivities will include a raffle, live music, food and shopping. Participants are encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweaters. Free.


Gift Wrapping

Get your holiday presents wrapped and help Austin Dog Rescue on Saturday Dec. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at Dogadillo Dog Boutique, 12912 Hill Country Blvd.


Stocking Stuffer Drive

Dogs Out Loud is holding a stocking stuffer drive throughout the month of December. Dog toys collected through the drive will be donated to the Austin Animal Center. Donations can be dropped off at Dogadillo Dog Boutique, 12912 Hill Country Blvd., Lofty Dog, 2700 W. Anderson Ln. STE. 402, Woof Gang Bakery, 1204 N. Lamar or Healthy Pet, 4301 W. William Cannon.


*This list isn’t all inclusive. Know of an event we’re missing? Let us know and we’ll happily add it.

Animal welfare groups to hold several fall festivals

T+T-Catpersand10600523_804645952918994_9026163722612386445_n14-AAC-AustinPittieLimitsWEBSMFNL-4.9x5Animal welfare groups to hold several fall festivals

Austin is gearing up for plenty of fall festivals and events, including several hosted and sponsored by local animal welfare organizations. Starting Saturday, there will be plenty of opportunities to get out, have some fun and support the animal rescue community. Here are just a few of the fun events coming up:


Austin Pittie Limits

The Austin Animal Center in alliance with several animal welfare groups kick start Pit Bull Awareness month in October by speaking up about the benefits of adopting pit bull-type dogs and debunking the myths and negative images associated with the breed. Live music, adoptions, information sessions and training demonstrations are on the schedule Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, Austin, TX 78721. Free.


Paws in the Park

Local radio station Majic 95.5 will host this festival dedicated to our furry friends on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m-3 p.m. Listeners and their pets are invited to enjoy pet-friendly activities, on-site grooming, a shopping bazaar, live music and adoptions at Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad Ave, Round Rock, TX 78664. Free.


Puppy Mill Awareness Day

Several states throughout the country (including Texas) join forces to bring awareness to the cruel realities of the puppy mill industry on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event will feature live music, food, drink, vendors and training demonstrations. Local rescue groups will also be in attendance at Scholtz Garden, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701. Free.

There will also be a Silent & Live Art Auction and VIP Reception held on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 N. MoPac, Austin, TX 78759.

Pet Fest

(Information provided by the Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas)

In its 12th year, the Pet Fest will be held at the San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. The family-friendly festival includes a Dog Jog 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run (which begins at 8 a.m.), vendor booths, live entertainment, K-9 Police Demo, training demo, agility demo, pet contests, pet rescues, kids’ activities, a silent auction and more.

Bring your pet (costumes are encouraged) or come meet and greet the homeless pets from local shelters and rescue organizations. Admission is free, but it is requested that attendees bring a donation of dry pet food. The event benefits PALS mission to provide low-cost spay/neuter services to dogs and cats.



Animal Lovers of Austin, Inc. will present the 2014 fundraiser on Oct. 19 from Noon – 4 p.m. at Triangle Park, 4660 Triangle Ave., Austin, TX 78751. Attendees will be able to bid on unique doghouses constructed by Austin architects, designers and builders as well as participate in a dog costume contest and shop at local vendor booths. Dogs will get an opportunity to visit a puppy “SPAW”. Free.


Tricks & Treats Gala

Join Austin Pets Alive! for a Halloween-themed gala on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 N. MoPac, Austin, TX 78759. The evening will include a silent auction, specialty cocktails, buffet, live entertainment, trick-or-treating for attendees and pets and more.



Texas Sized Pittie Pride Prom Parade and Festival

Thousands of costume-clad dogs and owners will take to the streets and march down Congress Avenue to Republic Square Park to raise awareness against the misunderstandings of pit bull type dogs on Oct. 26 from Noon – 4 p.m. This year, the Love-A-Bull Pittie Prom King and Queen will lead the parade. The Parade will begin at the Austin American-Statesman parking lot, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704, and end at Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701, in Downtown Austin. The festival will entail auctions, giveaways, local merchants, a pittie kissing booth and more. Free.


The Love-A-Bull team will also be hosting a VIP Prom Night on Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Palm Door on Sixth, 508 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Tickets include cocktails, food, prom photo and dance party. A costume contest and silent auction will be held.