Five Faces to Meet at Town Lake Animal Center

Austin Animal Center houses 60 pups at their Town Lake Animal Center overflow shelter. Co-located with Austin Pets Alive! downtown near the hike and bike trail (1156 Cesar Chavez), all the AAC TLAC dogs are spayed, neutered, vaccinated, and ready to take home immediately!

Here a few of the precious faces that  would love for you to take them out to one of the center’s four spacious play yards for a visit. Don’t forget that we offer 10% discounts to anyone who adopts from Austin Animal Center, Austin Pets Alive!, and Austin Humane Society.

All photos below were shot by longtime AAC Volunteer/Homeless Dog Hero, Devon Steiner.
Bjorn (because a Scandanavian name is suitable for a Texan dog)

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Using a Cat-Detection Dog to Find a Lost Feline

After plastering flyers around the neighborhood, posting on all the state’s lost pet forums and Craigslist, setting out a humane cat trap, updating my contact information with Home Again microchip, and going on daily walks with my dog through the area, I decided to hire a cat detection canine to look for Lomé.

Cat Detection Dog

Because 10 days had passed since Lomé was lost, his scent wasn’t strong enough for a sniffing dog to track. Instead, we used a dog trained to point at any cat or cat-related scents in the area. For $250 and three hours of service, Mu-the-Cat-Detection-Dog combed the vast ravine into which Lomé bolted two weeks ago. There are no trails through this ravine, which made slogging through it unpleasant. Western Washington is a beautiful place to hike on groomed trails, but its dense underbrush consists of thorny blackberry bushes, rotting tree limbs, ferns galore, dense ivy and ankle-turning holes made by mountain beavers. I love hiking and camping, but wading through this mossy jungle for hours was not a blast.

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White Cat Lost in Bellevue, Washington – $300 Reward for His Return

I adopted Lomé-the-Cat in August 2005. Exactly ten years later, August 2015, he disappeared.

Lomé was my first friend in Austin. I adopted him a few weeks after moving to the city for grad school at UT. It was my first time renting a place alone, and I was excited about adopting my own cat from the shelter. Animal Control picked up Lomé as a stray without a microchip, but the fact that he was front declawed and gregarious indicated he had previously lived indoors.

Despite having considerable experience with cats, I’d never met one as overbearingly affectionate as Lomé. When I was “sleeping”, he would endlessly rub his face all over mine. When I was reclining on the couch reading, he would insist on reclining next to me or try to curl up on my book. I couldn’t sit down to play guitar without him snuggled into my lap behind the guitar. If I sat near him on the couch, he insisted on reaching out a paw to touch me. Most adorably, he liked to “hold hands” by placing his paw in my palm.

During our ten years together, Lomé and I moved six times. The last move involved a 2,200-mile road trip from Austin to Seattle, which he seemed to love – so much to see from his car window. Lomé appeared to long for adventure despite his indoors-only lifestyle. He was curious about the outdoors, yet rarely tried to venture out. But on the morning of August 23, 2015, he shot out the door and into the thick greenbelt behind our Bellevue, Washington, home. He hasn’t been seen since.

We’ve scoured the greenbelt, plastered signs throughout the neighborhood, gotten to know neighbors by asking if they’ve seen him, checked with local vets and shelters, and set out a humane trap with stinky tuna. Nothing. The hardest part is not knowing. If he had been ill and a vet had put him down, that would be sad but would at least offer some closure. Instead, I’m left wondering if he’s lying injured somewhere, became coyote caviar, or found a new family to take him in.

If you live in the greater Seattle area (Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah) and have seen this solid-white, slim, green-eyed, neutered cat, please contact He was last seen at 16200 SE Eastgate Way.

lomelome missing cat

Feline Longhorns fan.

Feline Longhorns fan.

Adopt This Rad Running Buddy from Austin Animal Center

** Oreo was adopted at long last!!**

This oreo-colored cutie is Roscoe, who was recently featured in the Huffington Post for his extremely-long stay at Austin Animal Center (AAC). Despite being stunning, sweet, healthy and happy, Roscoe has been a shelter inmate for more than 500 days! He’s managed to maintain his mental health despite limited potty breaks, playtime or walks during the excessive amount of life he’s spent in a concrete kennel.


Get fit with a friend!

Today is National Running Day, and we would like to recommend Roscoe as your running buddy. Shelter dogs have helped us get and stay in shape, and they can do the same for you! There is nothing more motivating than a Canine Fitness Coach smiling enthusiastically while you exercise together. Roscoe hopes you’ll visit him at AAC’s Town Lake Animal Center location (1156 Cesar Chavez), fall in love and become running buddies!

Tips for Air Travel with Pets

**This guest post is by Allison Luxenberg, also known as The Austin Optimist, whose much-loved Rottweilers we’ve watched for years. We also want to mention that Delta now offers a GPS tracking device for pets on flights so human travelers can be aware of the location, temperature and condition of their pets during the journey. Read more here.**

Five years ago I flew my Rottweiler from Los Angeles to Florida for a dog show. I was so terrified; there was no amount of Bloody Mary at LAX to numb my fears.  At the special animal check-in they had to scan my dog to make sure he was not smuggling in any drugs; treats were alright though. Then they sent him on his merry way, in his crate, down a conveyor belt into the cargo holding area. I lost it. I cried so much the attendant felt so bad she actually let me back in the area to see where he would stay until he boarded and let me meet the people who were handling him so I could tell them he was a nice boy and ask them to handle with care.

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Pet Care in Dripping Springs!

Do you live in Dripping Springs, TX, and need a daytime dog walker or potty pal for your pup? Catherine O’Donnell, CPDT-KA, can help! Catherine is Director of Training and Behavior at The Ranch for Canine Training and Behavior, so your pet will be in incredibly skilled hands, which you can read about here. Email us at to book Catherine today!

Pet Care in Dripping Springs