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 Animal Center to host ‘Pokémon Go’ party to get dogs adopted

Debbie Brownson lets her dog Roxy meet Chip from Pflugerville Pets Alive held by Cameron Brownson at Pet Pfest.  Photo by Nicole Barrios
Debbie Brownson lets her dog Roxy meet Chip from Pflugerville Pets Alive held by Cameron Brownson at Pet Pfest.
Photo by Nicole Barrios

From the City of Austin:

Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop wants you to play Pokémon Go to help get dogs adopted.

The city shelter will host the first ever, Pokémon Go themed Party called a ‘PokéParty’  from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, July 16.

Austin Animal Center is a hot spot for players. There is a ‘PokéGym’ on site as well as four ‘PokéStops’.  AAC will be putting out ‘Lure Modules’ throughout the day on Saturday to increase the amount of Pokémon, and hopefully increase customers to the Austin Animal Center.

“Luckily, our campus is already attracting players, but we want folks to come in and get to know our dogs too,” said Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer Lee Ann Shenefiel.  “If you’re able to snap a photo of a dog with a Pokémon in the background and share it on social media, you could be the reason that a dog gets a new home.”

The game Pokémon Go allows players to see Pokémon in the background of their camera. The AAC wants visitors to snap photos of dogs for adoption with the Pokémon characters and share on social media with the hashtag #AustinAnimalCenter in hopes they will get dogs adopted.

Volunteers will be walking dogs around the grounds and near the ‘PokéStops’ all day so there will be many opportunities to catch Pokémon with dogs. Volunteers know the dogs they will be walking and are able to tell people more about them.

If a ‘Pokémon Go’ player takes a photo of a dog and wants to adopt it, the adoption fee could be waived. Pokémon themed prizes and waived adoption fees will be given throughout the day to anyone participating in the game.

“Simply show our Adoption Counselor your photo of a Pokémon and a dog and you could win a prize or a free adoption.” Shenefiel said.
The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. More information about Austin Animal Center can be found at www.AustinAnimalCenter.org; by calling 3-1-1; or by visiting the Center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AustinAnimalCenter. The City also maintains the Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., as an overflow animal adoption location. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How to keep your pets safe and inside this Fourth of July

Bella a 5 year old golden doodle participates in the Round Rock Sertoma July Fourth Parade with Hunter Chambers, 12, Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN STATESMAN)
Bella a 5 year old golden doodle participates in the Round Rock Sertoma July Fourth Parade with Hunter Chambers, 12, Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN STATESMAN)

From the City of Austin:

The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, will be open this Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The Center will maintain regular hours of 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 5. The holiday hours on Monday, July 4 will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Every Fourth of July the Animal Center sees a spike in the number of lost pets due to runaways that are frightened by the noise from fireworks.

Because the animal shelter operates at capacity it is critical to have the pet properly tagged so the animal will not be at risk. The City is asking if a lost dog or cat is found, that the person finding the pet keep him/her safely contained, call 3-1-1 to create a Found Pet Report, and the finder keep the animal a few days before turning it in to the shelter. In addition to freeing critical space at the shelter for pets most in need, it can be easier to reunite pets and owners if pets stay in the community in which they’re found.

Additionally, pet owners should make sure that pets are properly contained on the Fourth of July. The safest way to ensure that your animal doesn’t run off is to bring the pet inside during the celebration and to not bring pets to family gatherings where they may be further stressed by an unfamiliar setting.

The Austin Animal Center offers free I.D. tags and microchips to all pet owners in Austin and Travis County to help keep pets safe and out of the animal shelter system.

If a pet goes missing, owners should visit AustinAnimalCenter.org and click the Lost & Found button. There, owners can find a step by step listing of what to do to find a lost pet.

Tips to locate a lost pet include placing flyers in neighborhoods, and posting to the Facebook group, Austin Lost and Found Pets, Nextdoor.com and Craigslist.
AAC is also offering waived fees on cat and kitten adoptions through the July 4th Holiday. All cats and kitten adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, an ID tag and microchip.

The Austin Animal Center is also asking for donations of dog chews to keep the dogs in the shelter busy and distracted during fireworks. The loud noise can cause anxiety for pets in the shelter. Dog chews can be dropped off at 7201 Levander Loop or sent in via their Amazon Wish List.

For additional information, visit the www.austinanimalcenter.org; call 3-1-1 or check Facebook for daily pet updates, facebook.com/AustinAnimalCenter.

Austin Animal Center creates coloring book to mark 5 years of no-kill policy

From the City of Austin:

Austin Animal Center
Austin Animal Center

In celebration of Austin’s five years of being the largest No-Kill City in the country, the staff and volunteers of the Austin Animal Center created a first-of-its-kind coloring book for children and adults.

The book highlights a wide variety of all types of animals that enter the shelter daily and also educates the community on what it means to be a No-Kill city.

“This coloring book is not only a celebration of lifesaving, but a great tool for teaching kids about No-Kill animal shelters and why they’re important,”  Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer Kristen Auerbach said. “There are 22 of our one-of-a-kind animals featured in book and under each illustration is a story about that pet and how it got to the shelter.”

Some of the animals illustrated in the book include a paralyzed cat and his wheel chair, a baby owl, a three-legged dog and many more of the unique animals that are alive because of Austin’s No-Kill policies. One of the pictures even portrays Greenwood, a rooster rescued from a cock fighting ring and rehomed earlier this year.

The coloring books cost $12 and can be purchased at the Austin Animal Center or at Amazon.com. In addition, two of Austin’s local stores are carrying the No-Kill Coloring book; BookPeople on Lamar Blvd. and Toy Joy on W. 2nd St. All of the proceeds go to the Austin Animal Center.

The book is perfect for kids and adults makes a great gift for just about anyone.

The artist/illustrator of the coloring book is Mellie Test who owns Magic with Mellie, a company specializing in visual branding.

About Austin Animal Center

Austin Animal Center is the largest No-Kill municipal animal shelter in the United States, providing shelter to more than 18,000 animals each year and animal protection services to all of Austin and Travis County. The Austin Animal Center is an open-intake facility where lost and surrendered animals from all of Travis County in need of shelter are accepted regardless of age, health, species or breed. The goal is to place all adoptable animals in forever homes through adoptions, foster care or rescue partner groups.
The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.  For more information go to www.austinanimalcenter.org, call 3-1-1, or visit www.facebook.com/austinanimalcenter for daily animal updates.

The City also maintains the Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., as an overflow animal adoption location.  It also is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Austin Police K9 “Tex” to retire

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From the Austin Police Department:

The Austin Police Department and the 401K9 program, through the Greater Austin Crime Commission, would like to invite the public to celebrate the retirement of Austin Police K9, Tex, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.partner

Austin Police K9 “Tex” Retirement Ceremony
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
1-4 p.m.
Chase Bank Building, Bury, Inc.
221 W. 6th Street – 6th Floor conference room

Tex is a nine year-old Belgian Malinois and served with his partner APD Officer Patrick O’Connor from 2009-2015. He had a total of 73 arrests and served as a SWAT K9 during his active duty time. Tex’s primary function was locating and arresting suspects who had committed crimes and fled the police.

Pets of the week: Dec. 4-10

Austin Animal Center

JD (A552796)

JD8-year-old male

Terrier mix

JD is super calm and laid back. He walks well on a leash and he has gotten along well with other dogs he’s met here. He would literally get to your house, find a soft bed and curl up for a 16 hour nap.  He’s a hidden gem and we can’t keep him to ourselves anymore!

 Dottie & Dawson (A708904 & A708903)

DottieODawsonne female, one male

These siblings were hand raised by one of our fosters so they are very social! They would make a wonderful pair for the holidays and every day for the rest of their lives! Please keep this pair safe and let them live their lives indoors as members of your family!

Tasha (A628456)

Tasha5-year-old female

Terrier mix

Tasha is a volunteer favorite and goes on outings almost every week, yet she is still here! After 275 days we still don’t know why? She has good manners, greets other dogs with tails wags and kisses, seems housetrained, knows sit, rides great in the car and loves everyone! She even has an video!

Quinn (A716095)

Quinn10-year-old male

Chihuahua mix

This little senior is one well-mannered boy. He enjoys calm and casual walks and visiting with new people.  If you are searching for a little dog to keep you company on your short walks, come meet Quinn. He needs an exercise buddy to help him start taking few pounds off and to keep him on the right type of food for him.

Luke (A716433)

Luke2-year-old male

Labrador mix

Handsome and polite, Luke is a good match for anyone. Seems to like to chase squirrels, so you must be careful if you have cats at home. Other dogs are his favorite and he greets everyone in a happy and playful manner. He knows sit and keeps his kennel in excellent shape!

Texas Humane Heroes

Cattywhompas (25218454 )

Cattywhompas33-year-old female

Cattywhompas is the name and silly is the game. I love to explore and bird watch, I enjoy sitting in the catio (the awesome outdoor cat patio here at TXHH) and watch the birds. I get along swell with other kitties, but i’m not a fan of puppies.

Bentley (29795871)

Bentley2-year-old male

Rottweiler mix

I’m such a good boy. Once we’re best buds, I won’t leave your side! I love being with my humans and getting a good back rub. I would love to be someone’s running buddy or help you play disc golf!

Duke (23046729 )

Duke Laughing4-year-old male

Chihuahua mix

Meet Duke! He is the Duke of Cuddles! Duke loves spending quality time snuggling up with his human. He is the the ultimate lap dog! But don’t let that fool you, he loves being outdoors, running and playing!

Lucy (29929483)

Lucy3-year-old female

Labrador retriever mix

Hey, I’m Lucy! Oooo, ball! Sorry I just love tennis balls. Or frisbees. They are the best! I will play with them all, though it’s hard to eat with them in my mouth. I try anyways. I am super fun and can’t wait to find my new home.

Kiki (1474378)

Kiki9-year-old female

Looking for an easy going, mature snuggler? Well I’m your girl! I’m a very sweet girl but a little shy at first. That’s to be expected though, because I’ve only lived in one home my whole life! I’m looking for a forever family to share all of my love with!

 

Central Texas SPCA

Hazel Grace

Hazel Grace 7.11 (3)1-year-old female

Hazel Grace is a feisty little tabby tigress who plays as hard as she naps! We’ve had reports of our girl gettin’ a little rough with visitors, but when we went back to investigate, she hopped on our lap and proceeded to give us kisses! Obviously this little lass needs someone to teach her how to play nice, and whoever that is will be repaid in an abundance of love!

Chris

Chris 24-month-old male

Chris…it’s a plain name for a not-so-plain boy.  He’s quite inquisitive and loves to meet new people.  He enjoys play time as much as any kitten and has a great time with his roommate, Mittens.

 

Costello

costelloo41-year-old male

Costello is a young and happy dog who knows how to make everyone fall in love with him by using his brown eyes to maximum effect. He’s a playful medium sized dog who knows what he wants in life and isn’t afraid to go get it. He would make the perfect family dog, so come visit him today!

Halla

halla4-year-old female

I am an eager to please kind of girl and am ready for any task. The staff here say I learn very quickly and am highly food motivated. Although, I have to admit that I think I love paying frisbee as much as getting a good treat to eat.

Free pet adoptions from Black Friday to Cyber Monday in Williamson County

From Williamson County:

What better way to kick off the holiday season then to save a life by adopting a rescued pet or two?

From Black Friday, Nov. 27 through Monday, Nov. 30 Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is joining national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society, along with animal rescue groups and shelters across the country to offer free adoptions. The event is sponsored by Zappos.com – the online retailer known for its customer service.

“You cannot put a price on love and during this free adoption promotion, you don’t have to. Our adoption team will be thrilled to match you up with the pet of your dreams,” said Cheryl Schneider, Animal Services Director.

All pets will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before they go to their new forever homes.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is an active partner in Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets® Network which offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter’s holiday adoption promotions include:
• Free adoption fee
• Free Wellness Exam
• Free Private Training Session for dog adoptions
• A “welcome home” package including food, coupons, and more!

Adopters are encouraged to visit the shelter’s webpage, wilcopets.org, to view adoptable animals and print out the adoption application. A filled out adoption contract, counseling with volunteers or staff, and a valid ID are all required to adopt. Cat carriers will be sold for $4 or adopters are encouraged to bring their own.

About Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is the only shelter solely devoted to the lost and abandoned animals of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Hutto, Leander, and Williamson County. Through community support, they have maintained a 90% or higher Save Rate for the past four years. http://wilcopets.org

About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,300 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To become a fan of Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bestfriends

Austin Animal Center waiving reclaim fee after floods displace almost 200 pets

From the City of Austin Animal Services Office: 

Do you know this pup? If he's yours, you can reclaim him without fee at the Austin Animal Center.
Do you know this pup? If he’s yours, you can reclaim him without fee at the Austin Animal Center.

With many animals still unclaimed after the 2015 Halloween weekend flooding, the Austin Animal Center will waive the fee for owners reclaiming their lost pets through Wednesday, Nov. 4, to encourage pet-owner reunions.

The Austin Animal Center provided a place for animals that were displaced by the storms as well as took in almost 200 lost pets from the weekend storms. Many of these pets are still waiting for their owners to claim them.

“If you, a friend or neighbor is missing a pet, come to Austin Animal Center,” said Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond.  “There are so many animals we know must have owners out there.”

Austin Animal Center is also offering free spay/neuter surgery for reclaimed animals.

Because of the influx in pets, Austin Animal Center has also requested emergency fostering from the community. Since Saturday, 54 pets have gone into temporary foster homes.

While the storm is over for now, Austin Animal Center is at capacity, with many more lost pets coming to the shelter every day.

AAC could use continued support. Here are five ways you can help the hundreds of animals housed at Austin Animal Center.

1. Walk shelter dogs. You don’t have to be a registered volunteer to help walk the more than 300 dogs looking for a kennel break. Come any day between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and walk available dogs. Volunteers and staff can help you get started and answer any questions.
2. Volunteer. The shelter is conducting volunteer orientations for lots of new positions, including shelter greeter, cat and dog enrichment specialist and adoption specialist. Visit  http://www.austintexas.gov/department/volunteer  to learn about volunteer opportunities.
3. Foster. The shelter houses more than 300 dogs at two locations, and many are there for several months, so the shelter is always in need of fosters who can take shelter dogs for a weekend or longer. Visit http://www.austintexas.gov/fosterpets to learn more about fostering a shelter pet.
4. Like the Austin Animal Center on social media. Follow AAC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share posts with friends and family. When you share, it helps bring lifesaving attention to cats and dogs seeking forever homes.
5. Donate. There are many ways to give. Donate to the Friends of the Austin Animal Center to help the most at-risk pets, including older cats and dogs and animals that have stayed the longest at the center. You can also donate much-needed items like bones, toys and beds through the Friends’ Amazon wish list. http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1OYN0JC9EG4KM/ref=cm_wl_sortbar_v_page_4?ie=UTF8&page=4&sort=rank

The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the website to view all pets available for adoption at www.austinanimalcenter.org  or check www.facebook.com/austinanimalservices for daily animal updates.

Pets of the week: Oct. 23, 2015

Austin Animal Center

Shelby LynnShelby Lynn (ID A713709)

11-year-old Greyhound/Labrador mix, female

Shelby Lynn is one very smart girl, she knows sit, down and shake. Also, she seems housetrained. Plus, she has lived with other dogs and cats, and very respectful and nice to all of them She sleeps inside on her bed and would make anyone willing to make her a member of the family an excellent new friend!

VVioletiolet ( ID A693560)

2-year-old Terrier mix, female

Violet has been with Austin Animal Center over 314 days!! She knows sit, loves to play tug and go swimming. She is very well behaved for nails trimming and baths. Volunteers call her lovely and sweet.

She has lived with other dogs and is a considered a “Rock Star” in her play group. Violet has a video!

ChrissieChrissie

5-year-old Calico mix, female

Chrissie is a talker and wants to meet you! Are you looking for a cat to cuddle up with and be your only companion? Chrissie might be the girl for you. She was living on the street when a good Samaritan decided that Chrissie could live with her. She had spent the last 2 years living indoors before her owner had health problems and needed to bring her to us.

BobBob (ID A712790)

5-year-old Blue Tabby, male

Bob has lived with other cats and dogs. He loves our staff and often joins them for lunch in our screened-in cat porch. Come meet Bob and see if he is the right boy for you. Big Bob is waiting.

Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary

Aditi_20150711Aditi

1 year, female

Aditi is a friendly young cat, available for adoption starting in September 2015.  She is shown here with two of her kittens (Fayyim and Naja).

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5 months, male

 

 

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5 months, female

 

 

 

Tetsu_20150711Tetsu

5 months, female

 

 

 

freckles_2Freckles

7 months, male

 

 

Central Texas SPCA

tucker closeupTucker

2 years, male

While he may seem a bit shy at first, Tucker is the happiest little guy once he gets to know you! Tucker loves to play and fetch balls, but once he’s tired out, Tucker is ready to relax with his favorite people. He’s a connoisseur of doggie treats, and milk bones seem to be his favorite so far!

Ron

cookie bench 2Cookie

7 years, female

Cookie is a sweet older lady with an easygoing attitude. She lives life on the slow side, and we’re happy to follow her lead! She seems to get along with other dogs just fine, her friend Mufasa can vouch for that! Cookie enjoys lap time above all things, and we’ve learned that she’ll do anything you want for a treat.

buster tieBuster

7 years, male

Buster is all about living it up in his golden years by having tons of fun!He’s a friendly guy who’ll greet everyone at the gate of his kennel with a wagging tail. We’ve found that he likes to sit on laps and lay around in the AC with people. Buster is really attached to Cookie, so we’d love for them to be adopted out together!

RonRon

1 year, male

Ron is never without a reason to nap. Whether it’s in his comfy bed or on top of his brother, Harry, Ron is happy to relax. He does act a bit shy around new people but once you start petting him, he comes around pretty quickly.  Ron is not a fan of dogs so he would require a slow introduction if his adoptive family has a dog in the house.

harry2Harry

1 year, male

This sweet boy is named Harry! He’s extremely friendly and will greet everyone at the door of his kitty condo. He loves to chase and play but his favorite kind of game is hunting a fake mouse toy! Harry will rub against your legs and sit in your lap for hours, his purr can be heard throughout the shelter.

Austin Animal Center to conduct free rabies vaccination clinic Oct. 17

From the City of Austin:

rabiesProtect your pets and your family with a free rabies vaccination at an upcoming clinic sponsored by the Austin Animal Center.

The clinic will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17 at Richard Moya Park, 10001 Burleson Road.

As required by State law, an owner or handler of a dog or cat must get the pet inoculated with the rabies vaccine. The City of Austin Animal Services Office conducts free clinics throughout the year.

Vaccinations are for dogs and cats 12 weeks of age and older. Puppies and kittens younger than 12 weeks will be provided free identification tags and registered in the Animal Services database so that they can be reunited with their owners if lost.

Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers or secured in boxes with air holes. Puppies should be brought in carriers or crates. For more information the public can call 3-1-1.

For more information about Animal Services and the Austin Animal Center visit www.austinanimalcenter.org.

About Austin Animal Center

Austin Animal Center is the largest no-kill municipal animal shelter in the United States, providing shelter to more than 17,000 animals each year and animal protection services to all of Austin and Travis County.

The Austin Animal Center is an open-intake facility where lost and surrendered animals from all of Travis County in need of shelter are accepted regardless of age, health, species or breed. The goal is to place all adoptable animals in forever homes through adoptions, foster care or rescue partner groups.

Animal Services has numerous programs and partnerships designed to help pets in the shelter, in the community and in your home.

The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information go to www.austinanimalcenter.org, call 3-1-1, or visit www.facebook.com/austinanimalservices for daily animal updates.

The City also maintains the Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., as an overflow animal adoption location. It also is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.