pets http://kut.org en New Texas Law Protects Collateral Victims of Domestic Violence: Pets http://kut.org/post/new-texas-law-protects-collateral-victims-domestic-violence-pets <p class="p1">The holidays are a time for gift-giving and celebration but, for some, it's also a time of increased family and financial pressure. Some mental health health professionals say this pressure can lead to a spike in domestic violence.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">In Texas, domestic violence victims who find the courage to leave an abusive situation can now have their pets included in protective orders.</p><p>Patt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Nordyke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the </span><a href="http://www.txfacs.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Federation of Animal Care Societies</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> fought for eight years </span><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=SB555" style="line-height: 1.5;">to pass the law</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the Texas legislature.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127136997&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:14:32 +0000 Laura Rice 9391 at http://kut.org New Texas Law Protects Collateral Victims of Domestic Violence: Pets Firefighters' Dog Rescue Goes Viral, But Pets Still Lost After Austin Flood http://kut.org/post/firefighters-dog-rescue-goes-viral-pets-still-lost-after-austin-flood <p>More than 120 pets have been brought in to the <a href="http://www.austinhumanesociety.org">Austin Humane Society</a> since the city's <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-travis-county-works-rebuild-devastating-halloween-floods">Halloween floods</a>.</p><p>Some were rescued from the water – as seen in <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=601433459924130&amp;set=a.367761156624696.87068.356844321049713&amp;type=1&amp;theater">this photo</a> of a dog rescue that’s been <a href="http://now.msn.com/austin-fire-department-rescues-dog-from-flood-in-viral-pic">shared 7,700 times on Facebook</a>. Others were dropped off by their owners, who need a safe place for their animals to stay while they get back on their feet.</p><p>Humane Society spokesperson Kelly Hanes says dozens of animals have been reunited with loved ones. But many others remain unclaimed – including Panda, the German Shepherd-type dog seen hugging an Austin firefighter as he carried her from the flood waters.</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:30:02 +0000 Laura Rice 9144 at http://kut.org Firefighters' Dog Rescue Goes Viral, But Pets Still Lost After Austin Flood Bills Would Shutter Gas Chamber for Texas Pets and Strays http://kut.org/post/bills-would-shutter-gas-chamber-texas-pets-and-strays <p></p><p>More than 100,000 &nbsp;cats and dogs are euthanized every year in Texas shelters. Euthanasia by carbon monoxide – essentially a gas chamber – &nbsp;is still common practice in nearly 30 shelters. &nbsp;</p><p>Within the last five years, almost 30 Texas cities banned gas chambers, switching from carbon monoxide to lethal injection. Pennsylvania and Louisiana banned gas chambers statewide last year.<img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/wd285/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0clip_image002.png" width="3"></p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:11:46 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 6744 at http://kut.org Bills Would Shutter Gas Chamber for Texas Pets and Strays The Veterinary Clinic Inside an Austin High School http://kut.org/post/veterinary-clinic-inside-austin-high-school <p>With so many care options for the four-legged family members, how do you determine where to take yours for a check-up? There are high-end pet spas, plain vet clinics and everything in between. And still, there is a new player in the nearly saturated market.</p><p>One of the dogs at this clinic is&nbsp;Frida. She is blonde, tall and beautiful. But, according to her doctor’s report delivered by Mr. John,&nbsp;Frida&nbsp;has some weight problems.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:13:53 +0000 Joy Diaz 6732 at http://kut.org The Veterinary Clinic Inside an Austin High School Raise Your Paws: Vote For KUT in the 'National Pet Radio' Contest http://kut.org/post/raise-your-paws-vote-kut-national-pet-radio-contest During our week-long casting call for public radio-loving pets, we received dozens of great entries from our listeners as well as (some furry) fans tuning in around the country. And while there were lots of cute critters submitted, the seven photos in the slideshow below are the National Pet Radio Contest finalists, which were selected by a panel of NPR judges.<p><strong>Vote Now: Take a look through the images </strong><strong>below</strong><strong>, and vote on your pick to win by Sunday, Feb. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:41:36 +0000 6577 at http://kut.org Raise Your Paws: Vote For KUT in the 'National Pet Radio' Contest National Pet Radio: Make Your Critter's Cuteness Public (And Win A Prize Pack!) http://kut.org/post/national-pet-radio-make-your-critters-cuteness-public-and-win-prize-pack Many of us here at NPR have pets or are animal lovers, and recently discovered that National Dress Your Pet Day is in January. We were inspired by this to ask you to show your appreciation for public media by accessorizing your pet.<p>To have a little fun with it, we want you to snap a picture of your pet listening to your favorite public radio station.<p><strong>Participating is simple</strong>: Send us a picture of your pet tuning in - by radio, computer, phone, etc. - and tell us what NPR Member Station you guys listen to. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:17:29 +0000 6414 at http://kut.org National Pet Radio: Make Your Critter's Cuteness Public (And Win A Prize Pack!) Can DNA Testing Solve an Austin Neighborhood's Dog Poo Problem? http://kut.org/post/can-dna-testing-solve-austin-neighborhoods-dog-poo-problem <p>Austin is known as a dog friendly city. There’s dog parks, ample off-leash areas – heck, even the City Council passed an ordinance <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/city-council/2006/20060302-reg.htm">allowing dogs on outdoor restaurant patios</a>.</p><p>And along with the local acceptance of dogs has come tolerance of the occasional accident. We’ve all seen them – on our front yards, exercise trails and even along the bottoms of our shoes.</p><p>Dogs can’t help it – it’s instinctual for them. Their owners, however, can. It’s their responsibility to tend to their animal's needs, little plastic bag in hand, so that when Fido finishes his business, no one else has to deal with the matter.</p><p>Unfortunately, some dog owners at The Pointe at Onion Creek, a small condominium complex in South Austin, haven’t been doing their due diligence. Now the home owners association is considering using DNA testing to find out which pooch is pooping and fleeing the scene.</p><p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:28:19 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh 5074 at http://kut.org Can DNA Testing Solve an Austin Neighborhood's Dog Poo Problem? I Can Has Award? Alamo Drafthouse Founder Judging Cat Video Contest http://kut.org/post/i-can-has-award-alamo-drafthouse-founder-judging-cat-video-contest <p>Tim League is a pretty big deal in the movie business. He’s founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – which in turn led to distribution arm Drafthouse Films. He also founded Rolling Roadshow and Fantastic Fest. But Tim League could soon be best known for his role as a judge in an internet cat video contest.</p><p>That’s right, internet cat videos. If you're one of the few humans left on earth&nbsp;unfamiliar with the concept, you can head over to a little website called YouTube and type in “cat.” You’ll get <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IytNBm8WA1c" target="_blank">funny cats</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctJJrBw7e-c" target="_blank">funny cats in water</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm3dm5J5r0A" target="_blank">how to wrap a cat for Christmas</a> and about <a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cat&amp;oq=cat&amp;gs_l=youtube.3..0l10.8053.8345.0.8630.3.3.0.0.0.0.68.194.3.3.0...0.0...1ac.1.0HkgEpx1Ccc" target="_blank">1.8 million others</a>. Internet cat videos are big.</p><p>Just last month, Minneapolis hosted the first ever <a href="http://www.walkerart.org/openfield/event/internet-cat-video-film-festival/" target="_blank">Internet Cat Video Film Festival</a>. The idea was attributed to the Walker Art Museum’s “cat-lady-in-residence” but went on to draw an estimated 10,000 attendees. Internet cat videos are truly big time. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:13:27 +0000 Laura Rice 5060 at http://kut.org I Can Has Award? Alamo Drafthouse Founder Judging Cat Video Contest AM Update: Labor Day Closures, UT System Framework, America's Best Bathroom? http://kut.org/post/am-update-labor-day-closures-ut-system-framework-americas-best-bathroom <p>Happy Labor Day! It will be a pretty hot one with an <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;textField1=30.267&amp;textField2=-97.743&amp;e=1" target="_blank">expected high of 100</a>.</p><p><strong>City of Austin Offices Closed – But Animal Center Open</strong></p><p>It’s Labor Day and that means <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/city-offices-close-labor-day" target="_blank">City of Austin offices are closed</a> – as are recreation centers, senior centers and libraries.</p><p>But the Austin Animal Center is open today and is <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/labor-day-weekend-all-adoption-fees-waived-austin-animal-center" target="_blank">offering free adoptions</a>. The center says they received lots of new pets in August but that adoptions were slow. It’s once again “severely overcapacity” and has no room for incoming animals. The free adoptions are being offered at the Austin Animal Center at<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;q=7201+levander+loop&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x8644b6866034148b:0xae0f00373aafbc54,7201+Levander+Loop,+Austin,+TX+78721&amp;gl=us&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=DLFEUN6sO6GQ2gXMwoDQDA&amp;ved=0CCAQ8gEwAA" target="_blank"> 7201 Levander Loop</a> and the Town Lake Animal Center at <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;q=1156+W.+Cesar+Chavez&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=JbFEUL_dDun22gWR7oHQDA&amp;ved=0CAsQ_AUoAg" target="_blank">1156 W. Cesar Chavez</a>.</p><p>City pools, golf courses and tennis centers are also open today.</p><p>Trash and recycling collections will remain on schedule. Mon, 03 Sep 2012 14:08:56 +0000 Laura Rice & Wells Dunbar 5003 at http://kut.org AM Update: Labor Day Closures, UT System Framework, America's Best Bathroom? AM Update: Animal Shelter Achieves No-Kill, Controversial Tax Considered, Thunder Rolls on Spurs http://kut.org/post/am-update-animal-shelter-achieves-no-kill-controversial-tax-considered-thunder-rolls-spurs <p><strong>Austin Animal Center Achieves 90 Percent Live Outcome Rate</strong></p><p><a href="http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Animal_Services/TLOR_Summarized_May.pdf" target="_blank">The Austin Animal Center&nbsp;</a>put down 10 percent of animals in May, achieving a 90 percent live outcome rate. That is up two percent from this time last year, but down one percent from April.</p><p>The shelter took in more than 2,237 animals last month, including hundreds of kittens. The shelter expects to be just as busy this month.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:34:50 +0000 Chip Skambis, Margaret Nicklas & Laura Rice 4398 at http://kut.org AM Update: Animal Shelter Achieves No-Kill, Controversial Tax Considered, Thunder Rolls on Spurs Animal Center to Euthanize 23 Dogs - Unless You Adopt One http://kut.org/post/animal-center-euthanize-23-dogs-unless-you-adopt-one <p>The Austin Animal Center is seeking adopters for at least 40 pets today, May 15. The Animal Center will euthanize 23 dogs today if at least 40 pets do not find a home.</p><p>The Animal Center has taken in a large number of pets recently, but they haven&rsquo;t seen an equal number of adoptions. Since last Friday, the shelter says it has taken in 36 animals, putting the total population at 1,046 pets with no more space. The Austin Animal Center&rsquo;s population is at 58 (over capacity by 130), and the Town Lake Animal center is also at capacity.</p><p>Since February of 2011, the city-run shelter has maintained its &quot;No Kill&quot; policy by saving 90 percent or better of the animals taken in. But this year, if the adoptions don&rsquo;t rapidly increase, the Animal Center could fail to meet this benchmark.</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 18:12:47 +0000 Daniel Martens 4243 at http://kut.org Animal Center to Euthanize 23 Dogs - Unless You Adopt One Animal Center Offers $5 Adoptions This 'PAWSidents Day' http://kut.org/post/animal-center-offers-5-adoptions-pawsidents-day <p>Most City of Austin offices are <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/city-administrative-offices-close-presidents-day">closed this Presidents Day</a>, but the Austin Animal Center is celebrating the holiday with an adoption special this &ldquo;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/austin-animal-center-offers-%E2%80%98pawsidents%E2%80%99-day-special-feb-17-20">PAWSidents</a><a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/austin-animal-center-offers-%E2%80%98pawsidents%E2%80%99-day-special-feb-17-20"> Day.&rdquo;</a></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:30:53 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3690 at http://kut.org Animal Center Offers $5 Adoptions This 'PAWSidents Day' Austin Animal Center: 92% Live Rate in January (But a Rough Month for Cats) http://kut.org/post/austin-animal-center-92-live-rate-january-rough-month-cats <p>The city-run Austin Animal Shelter has released intake, adoption and euthanasia data for the month of January. The Shelter had an overall &ldquo;live outcome rate&rdquo; of 92% (That&rsquo;s the percentage of animals that were adopted, fostered, or otherwise cared for and not put down &ndash; a percentage in line with no-kill standards requiring a 90% or above live outcomes rate.)</p><p>A total of 1,133 cats and dogs were processed by the center in January, with close to half &ndash; 505 &ndash; adopted out by the city. 251 more pets were reunited with their owners, while another 288 animals were transferred out of the center for longer term care.</p><p>However, 83 animals were euthanized &ndash; 29 cats and 54 dogs. With dogs outnumbering cats in the shelter, that meant a 93% live outcome rate for dogs, and an 88% live outcome rate for cats.</p><p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:38:48 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3666 at http://kut.org Austin Animal Center: 92% Live Rate in January (But a Rough Month for Cats) Animal Shelter At Capacity http://kut.org/post/animal-shelter-capacity <p>The Town Lake Animal Center is at capacity and has run out of space.</p><p>The shelter took in 30 cats in the first hour of business Friday morning. The cats are now temporarily being caged in offices. Animal workers say people this week have dropped off more pets than usual. The shelter took in close to 350 cats and dogs this week.&nbsp;</p><p>TLAC sent a press release Saturday morning, asking people to reclaim lost pets at the shelter or to wait at least a week before turning over an animal:</p> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:57:11 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 1964 at http://kut.org Animal Shelter At Capacity Don't Let Your Pets Get Freaked Out By NYE Fireworks http://kut.org/post/dont-let-your-pets-get-freaked-out-nye-fireworks <p>To some people, New Year's Eve fireworks displays like this one are an awe-inspiring form of entertainment.</p><p><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zKWXaFmWjeY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/zKWXaFmWjeY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></object></p><p>But to many cats and dogs, it sounds more like the end of the world. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 20:42:40 +0000 Nathan Bernier 555 at http://kut.org Don't Let Your Pets Get Freaked Out By NYE Fireworks