Austin has third-highest rate of pet ownership in U.S., survey says

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.

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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.

Where are the Animal Companions?

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.

Martin

Martin is a two-year-old mixed breed dog.

Weckle

Weckle is a one-year-old hound mix.

Brandon

Lana

Lana is a small mixed-breed one-year-old dog.

Pumpkin Pie

Pets of the Week: Check out these adoptable animals 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.

Captain

Captain is a 1-year-old black domestic medium hair cat available at THH in Leander.
Captain is a 1-year-old black domestic medium hair cat available at THH in Leander.

Jackson

Jackson is a 1-year-old mixed-breed dog available in Leander.
Jackson is a 1-year-old mixed-breed dog available in Leander.

Pixel

Pixel is a 4-year-old domestic shorthair available at Texas Humane Heroes in Killeen.
Pixel is a 4-year-old domestic shorthair available at Texas Humane Heroes in Killeen.

 

Vinci

Vinci is a 2-year-old labrador retriever mix available in Leander.
Vinci is a 2-year-old labrador retriever mix available in Leander.

Finn

Finn is a 2-year-old mixed breed dog available in Leander.
Finn is a 2-year-old mixed breed dog available in Leander.

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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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.

This Texas puppy is looking for its siblings on Facebook

Meet Frito.

Image via Corie Gemmiti and Texas Humane Heroes / Facebook
Image via Corie Gemmiti and Texas Humane Heroes / Facebook

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.

Photo via Texas Humane Heroes / Facebook
Domino, Snow, Raven, Cali, Buddy and Aspen, along with Frito. Photo via Texas Humane Heroes / Facebook

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.

Rachael Ray is donating $10,000 to Austin Pets Alive! thanks to Brooklyn Decker

Rachael Ray is spreading the cheer this holiday season, and an Austin organization is one of the lucky recipients of her generosity.

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For the second year in a row, Ray’s “Santa Paws” campaign is donating money from Rachael Ray Nutrish pet food proceeds to animal rescue organizations chosen by her famous animal-loving friends.

Stars like Miranda Lambert and Denise Richards chose their favorite animal organizations, and Austin’s own Brooklyn Decker chose Austin Pets Alive! to receive a $10,000 donation.

Looks like it’ll be a good Christmas for APA! this year.

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