Austin, other Texas cities score high among cat-friendly places to rent

Russian blue cat, Anastasia, rests on a handheld device. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Russian blue cat, Anastasia, rests on a handheld device. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

In Austin, we love our dogs, but we also have room in our hearts (and our homes) for cats.

According to a recent study by Apartment List, renting an apartment with a cat is no problem in Austin, or Texas. The apartment indexing website used their data to calculate which pads would allow you to bring a feline friend along, based on each place’s listing details.

Out of 200 cities, Austin came in at No. 74, with half of the Texas capital’s apartments allowing cats to room with their humans.

According to Apartment List’s numbers, only 40 percent of apartments in the U.S. allow cats. Despite that low number, Texas came out on top in terms of feline friendliness.

Ten Texas cities made it into the list’s top 25 spots, including Houston, where 64 percent of apartments allowed cats, and Irving, where 74 percent of apartments welcomed them.

The coveted No. 1 spot went to the Woodlands, where one hundred percent off apartment complexes allowed cats.

Soon Austinites will have one more cat-friendly place in town – the feline-loving (and somewhat controversial) Blue Cat Cafe will be opening soon in East Austin.

Couple takes adorable newborn photos…with their puppy

It's a puppy! One couple decided to stage a newborn photography session with their puppy, Humphry. Photo by Elisha Minnette.
It’s a puppy! One couple decided to stage a newborn photography session with their puppy, Humphry. Photo by Elisha Minnette.

Every couple deals with awkward questions from the in-laws about when they’ll finally get a grand-kid in different ways. For Matt and Abby Kay, humor was best.

Photo by Elisha Minnette.
Photo by Elisha Minnette.

In what appears to be a growing trend of sticking societal expectations to the man with unconventional photo shoots, the Australian couple recently decided to pose for a series of endearing newborn photos…with their fluffy puppy filling in as the “baby.”

According to Buzzfeed, Matt, Abby and their golden retriever-poodle mix, Humphry, collaborated with photographer Elisha Minnette to stage the shoot.

Minnette said that while the photos were meant to poke fun at typical newborn shoots, the mood was “light-hearted.”

“We did this shoot just for a little bit of humor between ourselves, as well as for those that share the same sense of humor as us,” Minnette told Buzzfeed.

Photo by Elisha Minnette.
Photo by Elisha Minnette.

The photos, which Minnette posted to her Facebook page, have been shared thousands of times.

The happy family isn’t the first to stage a professional photo shoot for a satirical cause – in August, a Missouri teenager staged a senior photo shoot to remember at her local Taco Bell. Earlier in the summer, a 28-year-old San Francisco man posed for beautiful engagement photos with the love of his life – a burrito.

5 videos of cute animals wearing clothes, from baby goats to sleepy pugs

Baby goats are taking over the internet. Photo via Sunflower Farm Creamery on YouTube.
Photo via Sunflower Farm Creamery on YouTube.

Baby goats are taking over the internet. Last week, it was a trio of baby goats in sweaters, this week it’s a pair of baby goats in pajamas. The frolicking duo are Winifred and Monty, three-week-old Nigerian dwarf goat siblings that currently live on Sunflower Farm in Maine, according to WCSH 6.

Desperate for more animals-in-clothing cuteness, we searched the internet for videos. Here are a few of the cutest:

Baby Goats in Sweaters 

The video that started the baby goat craze in the first place. The goat triplets, who live on Denmans Critters Farm, can be seen hanging out in style:

Sleepy Pug in Pajamas 

If animals in pajamas are all you crave, this video is for you. A sleepy pug named Doug, decked out in duckie pajamas, is filmed laying in bed with a pug plush and even nodding off at points. If that’s not enough cuteness for you, a lullaby also plays in the background to lull the pug to sleep.

Puppy Dressed as a Teddy Bear 

This puppy, who goes by “Munchkin the Teddy Bear” on YouTube, closely resembles an Ewok in his teddy bear costume. Here, he’s filmed getting in some oversize on a treadmill, but the plush pet has a whole channel of delightful videos to choose from.

Monkey in a Snowsuit

At first sight, this monkey dressed in a snowsuit looks like a bouncy, bundled-up toddler. It isn’t until his owner picks him up that we see he’s been dressed up for a snowy outing. The results are simply adorable.

Austin Humane Society holding ‘Kitten Shower’ donation and foster care drive


KittenShowerRegistrySpring has sprung and kitten season has begun! Join us on the front porch of the Austin Humane Society for a Kitten Shower on Saturday, April 18th from 11am to noon. This is a family-friendly event and donation drive for Austin’s homeless newborn kittens. These bottle babies need supplies such as formula, heating pads, and tender loving care in order to survive. Your donations help kittens get nursed to optimal health.

“With the arrival of kitten season in early spring, animal shelters are flooded with un-weaned kittens that rely on the care of generous and selfless Bottle Baby Kitten Fosters in order to survive,” says AHS Foster Care Coordinator Jamie Hunt.  “With such a huge influx of kittens, we rely on donations to help save the lives of orphaned kittens and give them the chance to live a full and happy life.”

Help us fulfill our bottle babies’ needs by bringing in items from our registry below, or donate your time by emailing our Foster Care Coordinator about becoming a kitten foster volunteer. Newborn Kitten Foster Orientation will be held immediately following the Shower in the AHS Auditorium.

Austin Humane Society’s Kitten Season Wish-List Includes:

Meat flavored baby food (Chicken, Turkey, etc.)

  • 21 Century Kitten Milk Replacer
  • Bottle Kits
  • Kitten Dry Food (Royal Canin “Baby Cat”)
  • Kitten Wet Food (any type)
  • Top Loading Pet Carriers
  • Small Electric Heating pads without timer
  • Snuggle Safe Warmers
  • Nebulizers

Animal welfare groups to hold several fall festivals

T+T-Catpersand10600523_804645952918994_9026163722612386445_n14-AAC-AustinPittieLimitsWEBSMFNL-4.9x5Animal welfare groups to hold several fall festivals

Austin is gearing up for plenty of fall festivals and events, including several hosted and sponsored by local animal welfare organizations. Starting Saturday, there will be plenty of opportunities to get out, have some fun and support the animal rescue community. Here are just a few of the fun events coming up:


Austin Pittie Limits

The Austin Animal Center in alliance with several animal welfare groups kick start Pit Bull Awareness month in October by speaking up about the benefits of adopting pit bull-type dogs and debunking the myths and negative images associated with the breed. Live music, adoptions, information sessions and training demonstrations are on the schedule Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, Austin, TX 78721. Free.


Paws in the Park

Local radio station Majic 95.5 will host this festival dedicated to our furry friends on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m-3 p.m. Listeners and their pets are invited to enjoy pet-friendly activities, on-site grooming, a shopping bazaar, live music and adoptions at Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad Ave, Round Rock, TX 78664. Free.


Puppy Mill Awareness Day

Several states throughout the country (including Texas) join forces to bring awareness to the cruel realities of the puppy mill industry on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event will feature live music, food, drink, vendors and training demonstrations. Local rescue groups will also be in attendance at Scholtz Garden, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701. Free.

There will also be a Silent & Live Art Auction and VIP Reception held on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 N. MoPac, Austin, TX 78759.

Pet Fest

(Information provided by the Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas)

In its 12th year, the Pet Fest will be held at the San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. The family-friendly festival includes a Dog Jog 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run (which begins at 8 a.m.), vendor booths, live entertainment, K-9 Police Demo, training demo, agility demo, pet contests, pet rescues, kids’ activities, a silent auction and more.

Bring your pet (costumes are encouraged) or come meet and greet the homeless pets from local shelters and rescue organizations. Admission is free, but it is requested that attendees bring a donation of dry pet food. The event benefits PALS mission to provide low-cost spay/neuter services to dogs and cats.



Animal Lovers of Austin, Inc. will present the 2014 fundraiser on Oct. 19 from Noon – 4 p.m. at Triangle Park, 4660 Triangle Ave., Austin, TX 78751. Attendees will be able to bid on unique doghouses constructed by Austin architects, designers and builders as well as participate in a dog costume contest and shop at local vendor booths. Dogs will get an opportunity to visit a puppy “SPAW”. Free.


Tricks & Treats Gala

Join Austin Pets Alive! for a Halloween-themed gala on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 N. MoPac, Austin, TX 78759. The evening will include a silent auction, specialty cocktails, buffet, live entertainment, trick-or-treating for attendees and pets and more.



Texas Sized Pittie Pride Prom Parade and Festival

Thousands of costume-clad dogs and owners will take to the streets and march down Congress Avenue to Republic Square Park to raise awareness against the misunderstandings of pit bull type dogs on Oct. 26 from Noon – 4 p.m. This year, the Love-A-Bull Pittie Prom King and Queen will lead the parade. The Parade will begin at the Austin American-Statesman parking lot, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704, and end at Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701, in Downtown Austin. The festival will entail auctions, giveaways, local merchants, a pittie kissing booth and more. Free.


The Love-A-Bull team will also be hosting a VIP Prom Night on Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Palm Door on Sixth, 508 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Tickets include cocktails, food, prom photo and dance party. A costume contest and silent auction will be held.