Awesome Adoption Special at Austin Animal Center!

The Austin Animal Center is currently WAY over capacity, so if you’ve been thinking about adding a pet to your life, now is a great time to do so. The shelter’s main location is 7201 Levander Loop, on the Eastside, and they also house 60 dogs at TLAC (1156 Cesar Chavez, downtown). Please visit either location today for awesome adoption specials. To view pets currently awaiting adoption at the shelter, please see http://www.austintexas.gov/adoptablepets

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Mackerel Tabby Kitten Wants You to Adopt Her!

Amy Lou is our latest Austin Animal Center foster kitten. She’s a super sassy little nugget whose passion for playing is matched only by her love of long naps with big dogs. She’ll be spayed next weekend, so will be ready for adoption on June 1. She’s been well socialized with adult cats and a dog, so she might integrate well into a home with other animals. Amy Lou is still moving through her “teething” stage, so occasionally engages in accidental violence to those around her. This stage does eventually pass, but it can be painful to go through. Let us know if you’d like to meet this spicy gal!

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YNN’s Jess Mitchell Covers Austin Animal Center’s Need for Dog Walkers in Her ‘Giving Back’ Segment

Many thanks to YNN’s Jess Mitchell for featuring Austin Animal Center’s desperate need for dog walkers on her “Giving Back” segment. You can watch it here. And our fabulous friends at Dogs Out Loud also penned a poignant post about how valuable shelter volunteers are, which is quite motivating for anyone who has let their volunteer involvement lapse. Below are two of the sweet faces (Nala and Melody) currently awaiting adoption (and a potty break or walk) at AAC’s TLAC (1156 Cesar Chavez) location.

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Batman and Robin: Felix and His Petite Play Buddy.

Are you in the market for a small dog? According to this study, lots of Millennial females are, so please consider adopting this little cutie.

I took Austin Animal Center chihuahua mix, Grover (A651921), home for an overnight on Friday. He rode quietly in the car, and was good about not coming to the front seat. At home, he ignored the cat and played endlessly with Felix, my 60-lb. mutt. Grover gave lots of play bows, rolled over to show his belly and was an excellent play buddy despite being significantly smaller than Felix. Grover initiated most of the play. Because he and Felix would not stop playing at bedtime, I crated Grover overnight and he was perfect – immediately settled into sleep and was quiet in the crate all night. Best of all, Grover had no accidents and seems very potty trained. Grover was Pet of the Week on KVUE, and greeted everyone confidently, however he was understandably nervous when the three big cameras rolled toward him. Grover has nice leash manners, and did well on a long walk with my dog. Great little guy! Please go adopt him from kennel D13 at AAC (7201 Levander Loop) STAT!

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All Dogs Are Individuals

Chantelle Wallace:

We love this post and agree that dogs – like people – should be evaluated as the individuals that they are rather than as a member of a breed. Having worked with more than 1,000 dogs at animal shelters and as pet sitters, we’ve met lots of labs that hate swimming and fetching, plenty of pit bull types that love playing politely with other pups, and german shepherds and chows who are friendly and cuddly with everyone they meet. The great thing about adopting an adult dog is the ability to know what that animal’s traits are, and whether they will fit well into your life.

Originally posted on Animal Farm Foundation:

All dogs are individuals. You’ve heard us say this again and again. It is the core principle of the work we do here at Animal Farm Foundation to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs. But what does it really mean?

All dogs are individuals means: We owe it to all dogs to see them for who they really are, free of prejudice, stereotypes, and assumptions that are based on a known pedigree, a breed label guess, physical appearance, or their past history.

Every dog is an individual with a distinct set of needs and behaviors that are determined by a wide variety of factors: genetics, breeding, socialization, training, management, and environment.

The only way we can accurately determine what a dog needs are is to look at the individual dog in front us for the answers.

In other words, we can’t judge a book by its cover…

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