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 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, call 3-1-1, or visit 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.

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.