SXSPets campaign raising funds for local animal organizations


On March 17th, launched a crowdfunding campaign called SXSPets to encourage South by Southwest visitors to donate to online fundraising campaigns for ten Austin-area animal rescue groups.

Organizations from Austin, Georgetown, Round Rock, Leander, and Pflugerville have joined together to raise money for area animals. Individual donors can support important projects such as kennel upgrades for special needs dogs, build-out of a new facility for rescues, the purchase of a trailer for adoption events, and replacement of decades-old washers and dryers.

“Every year, thousands of people leave an impact on Austin during their visit for South by Southwest,” said Stephanie Dill of Shiba Inu Rescue of Texas. “The SXSPets campaign aims to increase the positive impact on the city by inspiring SXSW visitors to donate much-needed funds to local animal organizations like ours.”

Launched in 2013, helps non-profits raise money for animal projects by hosting free crowdfunding campaigns. Unlike many other crowdfunding websites, is a non-profit organization and takes no administrative fees.

“Most small animal non-profits struggle to raise enough money to cover their operating budgets, let alone fund critically needed projects,” said Sarah Timms, founder of “ is a non-profit, too, and our mission is to increase giving to animal non-profits by empowering individuals to help animals.”

Social media is a key component of the campaign, and organizations are asking supporters to share with the hashtag #SXSPets. The crowdfunding campaign will run through mid-April.  

The SXSPets campaign can be found here:

SXSPets benefits:

National Puppy Day Contest: Send us your puppy pics!

Updated: 03.24.15: 5:30 p.m.

With an amazing 130-plus super-cute puppy entries, choosing winners was no easy task. But here are our National Puppy Day contest winners.

Here’s another look at all the entries.

Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their puppy photos with us!

Rudolph, a.k.a ‘Havoc’

03.23.15 – It’s the most adorable day of the year! To celebrate National Puppy Day, we are asking our readers for their best puppy photos for a chance to win some pet books.

Whether your dog is a puppy now, or you have photos of your furry friend as a pup, we want to see some puppies! You can submit your photos to us on Twitter @PetFriendlyATX or email them to

Check out the National Puppy Day photos we have so far today.

And, to continue our celebration, here are 12 interesting facts about pups.


Animal Planet, Austin Animal Center team up for free pet adoptions


Road to Puppy Bowl-11x17 PosterThe Animal Planet network and the Austin Animal Center are joining once again to sponsor a local free pet adoption event as part of the national “Road to Puppy Bowl” tour.

The second annual Austin event will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, when Animal Planet will pay for all adoption fees for animals from the Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop.

Those hoping to add a playful pup, a furry feline, a bouncing bunny or anything in between can come out for the fun-filled event that includes photos and giveaways as well as overly adorable animals.

Each February, Animal Planet hosts the “Puppy Bowl,” featuring the cutest and very adoptable players in a much-anticipated sporting event.  “Puppy Bowl” has led to hundreds of adoptions over the past 11 years and is a key leader in Animal Planet’s ongoing mission to highlight the importance of animal adoption and responsible pet ownership.

Now, the network is bringing the joy and goodwill of the big game to communities across the country on the “Road to Puppy Bowl.”

Those wishing to participate in this event can register to be eligible for the waived adoption fees.  Event registration at

Adoption fees covered by Animal Planet are on a first-come, first-served basis while select animals and funds remain.