Austin has the third-highest percentage of households with pets out of major United States metro areas, according to new data from the American Housing Survey.
According to the survey results, 48.4 percent of households have pets in the average American metro area. However, Tucson, Ariz. had the highest rate of pet ownership, with close to 60 percent of households with at least one pet. Oklahoma City was second, and Austin was third, with just over 50 percent of households containing pets. Other Texas cities on the list included San Antonio at No. 4 and Houston at No. 13.
“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.”
“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!”
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.
“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.”
As you can see from the photo, he’s just a cute little dog looking for his long-lost siblings, who were born in August 2015 and adopted from Texas Humane Heroes in Leander.
This is what they looked like as puppies. Let’s all say it together: Awwwww.
Frito’s owner, Corie Gemmiti, initially posted the photo on the Texas Humane Heroes Facebook page on Sunday, requesting a puppy play date at the shelter between Frito and his brothers and sisters when they’re all located. The owner of one of the puppies, Raven, posted within 10 minutes saying they adopted Frito’s sister the day after Frito was adopted.
On Thursday, Texas Humane Heroes said on Facebook that it has located four out of Frito’s six siblings and it’s planning on hosting a reunion on Feb. 18, hopefully with all seven puppies reunited. A local pet photographer will document the session, so mark your calendars for a really cute slideshow next month.