Austin Animal Center holiday schedule

From the City of Austin Animal Services Office:

The Austin Animal Center located at 7201 Levander Loop will be open on Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to  7 p.m. and on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

The Center will be open on New Year’s eve, Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. and will resume regulars hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2015.

“We would like the community to know that we are open during the holidays and the shelter has a great selection of pets ready to go home for the holidays,” said Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer Chris Noble.  “Adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment and we want to be the first choice of anyone considering adding a pet to their family this holiday season.”

‘Home for the Holidays’ pet adoptions for all ready-to-go dogs and cats is $25.

All pets adopted will include spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and vaccinations – a package valued at more than $200. The usual adoption fee is $75.

All cats and dogs over the age of 7 years have waived adoption fees.  ‘Home for the Holidays’ adoption fees continues through Jan. 4.

For additional information visit the or call (512) 978-0500 or 3-1-1 for animal issues after hours or check Facebook for daily pet updates,

Photo contest: Send us your best holiday pet photos

To get into the Christmas spirit, we’re asking readers to send us their holiday pet photos. Whether your dog or cat is in an elf suit, taking a picture with Santa (as it seems many pups in Austin do), or in a family photo, we want all funny, happy, cute or just awesome pet holiday photos.

Photo credit: Shorey Russell

You can tweet them to us at PetFriendlyATX or email them to The best reader photo will win a 2015 puppy calendar. We will also give away pet books to some of our staff favorites. The contest will run December 9-16, but feel free to send us those photos for our online gallery all the way through Christmas. Happy holidays!

» Photo gallery: Austin holiday pet photos 2014

Free adoptions happening this weekend (Dec. 5-7) at the Austin Humane Society


The Austin Humane Society (AHS) is offering free adoptions for all dogs through the weekend in an effort to find homes for an influx of over 50 dogs in addition to the dogs that were already on site.

At the request of Austin Animal Center, AHS stepped in to rescue over 50 dogs in order to provide them with safe nights of shelter and necessary care. AHS has put a plan in place to care for the immediate influx of animals as well as ongoing intake. An emergency pet shelter was prepared onsite with kennels set up, doubling the capacity of the shelter, in addition to the permanent kennels in the canine area.

AHS is seeking help from the public, primarily encouraging potential adopters to stop in over the weekend and open up their hearts andhomes.

“We really need the community’s help right now,” said Frances Jonon, Executive Director of AHS. “There are many areas where we can use the extra hands, but the biggest one of all is adoption. We’re hoping to find forever homes for the majority of these dogs this weekend so that we can open up kennel space for additional animals in need.”

Other ways to help include monetary donations to support the added expenses from taking in the inflow of dogs and donating items. The most needed items are metal dog bowls, top sheets, towels, and rawhides, but a full list of desired items can be found on their website at Donations can be dropped in the donation bin in the front of the building.

AHS is also looking for help with fostering, volunteering, and staffing. They encourage interested people to stop by, visit their website, or follow their Facebook page for updates at

WHAT:  FREE dog adoptions

WHEN: Friday December 5 – 12p – 7p

                 Saturday December 6 – 12p – 7p

                 Sunday December 7 – 12p – 5p

 WHERE:  Austin Humane Society

                      124 W. Anderson Lane

                      Austin, TX  78752

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.

Austin Animal Center looking for help moving out of Town Lake Animal Center

From the City of Austin Animal Services Office:

After more than 60 years of operating the Town Lake Animal Center (TLAC), the City is finally moving out.

The City has been maintaining TLAC as an overflow animal adoption location and shelter for three years, shortly after the City opened the new Austin Animal Center at 7201 Levander Loop.

In September 2014 the 60 kennels that the City operates failed to meet State minimum standards during an annual inspection.  The TLAC facility has been in steady decline for many years and continued use of the facility is no longer an option for overflow kennels.

The Home for the Holidays promotion is in full swing and the 58 dogs at the Town Lake Animal Center located at 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St. are in desperate need for a new family.

The Center needs help from adopters, foster homes and our rescue partners to make room for the animals that need to leave TLAC.

The Austin Animal Center is offering all adoptions for $25, and for dogs over 40 pounds adopters will receive a free crate to help manage the transition from the shelter to their new home.  Free crates are available through this Sunday, and the adoption special runs through Jan. 4, 2015.

Additionally, for pets 7 years of age and older the adoption fees are waived.

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.

Looking to adopt? Area shelters holding adoption specials during holiday season

Local shelters in the Austin-area are offering home for the holiday adoption discounts through the end of December.

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) will be offering $25 adoptions for all adult dogs or cats, which will come with spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations.

“More families bring a new pet home during the holiday season than at any other time of the year.” said Cheryl Schneider, animal services director of WCRAS, in a news release. “The shelter is spreading the joy of adopting by lowering the adoption fees for the holiday season.”

The shelter is also holding a foster drive to help give animals a break from the stresses of shelter life. According to the WCRAS, after fostering, dogs and cats are happier, healthier and ready to find their forever homes.

In San Marcos, the regional animal shelter is holding $20 adoption specials, which includes sterilization, rabies vaccination, de-worming, general health check, microchipping, and testing for Felv/FIV for cats or testing for heartworms for dogs.

Animal shelter supervisor Cole Evans says that the shelter staff is specially trained to help families select the right pet for their personality and lifestyle.

“We can’t think of anything better than seeing these beautiful cats and dogs find their loving, forever families this holiday season,” said Evans in a news release. “With as many as 7 million homeless pets in the United States, it is important that everyone get involved to help save an orphaned animal this holiday season.”

And remember, the Austin Animal Center is also having $25 adoption specials on all ready-to-go dogs and cats and includes spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations. The shelter is also holding a donation drive for pet items such as toys, treats, jackets for large dogs, and dog houses. Items can be dropped off at the Austin Animal Center daily.

Check out our pets of the week listings to see some of the animals available for adoption in the area.

Bradford is a 6-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Shepherd who loves attention and, really wants to be a lap dog. He is perfectly fine just lounging around the house but also loves to play with toys.
Bradford | 6 years | Australian Cattle Dog | Williamson County Regional Shelter
11 months | Male | Husky
Donahue | 11 months | Male | Husky |  San Marcos Regional Shelter
Pico | 2 years | Tabby
Pico | 2 years | Female | Brown Tabby | Austin Animal Center








Austin-area animal shelters partner with Mobile App Co. to reunite lost dogs with owners


Austin Animal Center and area animal shelters are partnering with Finding Rover, a free mobile app for finding lost dogs in real-time.

Area animal shelters will come together and announce the partnership at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2014 at the Austin Animal Center 7201 Levander Loop. Finding Rover will have a technology booth on-site to assist anyone wanting more information or with help downloading the app. Those attending will receive gift bags by the company.

Additionally, Nulo Pet food will attend and present the Austin Animal Center and partners with 5,000 pounds of dog food.

Nationally, more than 10 million pets go missing each year, according to The Humane Society of the United States. Finding Rover’s facial recognition technology helps reunite more dogs with their owners by enabling anyone to instantly identify a missing dog on the spot simply by taking a photo on a mobile device.

Finding Rover features a comprehensive lost and found dog notification system that sends a push notification and social feed photo alert if a dog is lost or found within a 10 mile radius. If a user spots a lost dog, he/she can take a photo either within the app, or upload a photo from a device’s photo album. Once a dog has been found and identified through Finding Rover’s facial recognition software, the finder will receive information on how to notify the owner.

“This mobile app is just one more resource in our tool box that will make it easier for lost dogs to find their owners,” said Chief Animal Services Officer  Abigail Smith.  “We are thrilled that Finding Rover has chosen Austin as their launch city in Texas, and are pleased that this app will help reduce dogs entering the shelter in the first place.”

Finding Rover will soon be launched in San Antonio and Houston.

“A dog is a beloved family member and if it goes missing it can be devastating to everyone involved,” said John Polimeno, CEO and founder of Finding Rover. “We want to do everything we can to safeguard our dogs from being lost forever. Registering a dog on Finding Rover is another step all owners should take to further protect their cherished pet.”

Key benefits of the app include:

  • Simple to register: Registration is easy through Facebook and email – all you need is a picture of your dog and a zip code.
  • Easy to use: Anyone with a mobile phone can take a photo of a lost dog, which will be instantly posted on Finding Rover.
  • Technologically advanced: Finding Rover spent two years with The University of Utah research and development (R&D) department creating its proprietary facial recognition technology. Finding Rover has the only technology that instantly recognizes a dog on the spot.
  • Social: Finding Rover unites dog owners based on common interests and provides a forum for users to read up on the latest dog news, share content and interact.
  • Free! Finding Rover is free to download.

Finding Rover is currently online at  and works on iPhone, Android, or the Web.