Austin Animal Center evacuates 55 dogs from Town Lake Shelter

Officials with the Austin Animal Center on Sunday evacuated 55 dogs from the Town Lake Animal Center which is frequently at risk for flooding during major rain events.

The dogs are being housed in crates in a large community room at the main AAC campus on Levander Loop. And the center is asking for the public’s help, specifically needing volunteers to foster dogs.  Center staff will process foster applications on the spot.

In addition, adoption fees will be reduced to just $20, through Friday, April 29.  The AAC is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

“We have so many dogs that need a safe place to stay for a few days. Currently, there are dozens of sweet, senior dogs who would benefit enormously from being in a home instead of a kennel. Fostering right now is truly lifesaving,” said Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond, in a media release.

Full information at: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/animal-services

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Photo courtesy Austin Animal Center.
Photo courtesy Austin Animal Center.

Austin rescue puppy to star in “Of Mice & Men” opera

Unleash the squee’s and awww’s.

An impossibly cute rescue puppy named Squeakie has been chosen to star in Austin Opera’s upcoming production of “Of Mice & Men,” composer Carlisle Floyd’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s famous novella.

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Squeakie, a rescue puppy from Austin Pets Alive, is available for adoption — after she makes her debut with Austin Opera.

The female lab retriever mix comes to the operatic limelight courtesy of Austin Pets Alive. And yes, Squeakie is available for adoption.

“Of Mice & Men” opens Jan. 23 at the Long Center. And Squeekie will appear in one scene in Act II.

Squeakie is actually one of two canine supernumeraries in this production.  Rosie was cast in the role of Old Farm Dog after her people answered an audition call for dogs.

Rosie rehearses with tenor Corey Bix who plays Lennie. The two work out the blocking for their bunkhouse scene in Act I of “Of Mice & Men.”
Rosie rehearses with tenor Corey Bix who plays Lennie. The two work out the blocking for their bunkhouse scene in Act I of “Of Mice & Men.”

Photos courtesy of Austin Opera.