Animal Shelter

Austin
4:23 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Austin Shelter Says 'No Vacancy,' Waives Adoption Fees (Update)

The Austin Animal Shelter has waived adoption fees to reduce the overcrowding in the shelter.
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Update: The Austin Animal Center has cage and kennel space again, after more than 300 pets left the shelter alive over the weekend. More than 200 pets were adopted over the weekend. One hundred were transferred to other animal rescue groups. And 25 were reunited with their owners.

Original Post (June 7, 2013): The Austin Animal Center, for the first time in its history, is not accepting new pets because they have surpassed capacity.

According to a city press release, the shelter has about 100 animals more than they can handle. The overcrowding is due to a lack of adoptions and an unusual amount of individuals surrendering their animals. Of the more than 1,000 pets currently available, only six were adopted Thursday. 

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PolitiFact
5:10 am
Wed April 10, 2013

PolitiFact: Carbon Monoxide Still Used in Animals Shelters

This week PolitiFact's Gardner Selby and KUT's Emily Donahue checked into a claim made by State Senator Kirk Watson about euthanasia in Texas animal shelters.
KUT News

A Travis County state lawmaker says dogs and cats are still being euthanized by carbon monoxide poisoning.

KUT’s Emily Donahue checked that claim with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s Politifact Texas reporting project.

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Texas
2:06 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

That's A Lot of Cat: North Texas Tabby Weighs In at 41 Pounds

Skinny's size has attracted notice - and a plethora of potential adoptive families.
Richardson Animal Shelter

Cats love attention, but a feline at the Richardson Animal Shelter outside of Dallas is positively gobbling it up.

Skinny the Cat is a five year-old tabby. So far, so normal. But there’s more to this cat – a lot more. Skinny weighs in at 41 pounds.

Skinny’s size attracted the notice of the Associated Press, which reported on the North Texas tabby.  And thankfully, now the animal center is deluged with calls from folk looking to care for the cat.

“We have fielded a lot of calls,” says Dennis Wooten, manager of the Richardson Animal Center.  “The challenge now is sorting throw all those calls to find out what’s best for Skinny.”

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Animals
10:24 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Austin Humane Society to Waive Adoption Fee

Humane Society animals Angel, an American Eskimo/Golden Retriever mix; and Huey, a short hair kitten.
Austin Humane Society

The Austin Humane Society will offer free adoptions this Saturday. Adoption fees are typically over $80 for dogs and cats.

All animals will be spayed or neutered with current vaccinations and microchips. And the pets come with 30 days of pet health insurance and a bag of food.

The Humane Society will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Those wishing to adopt will need to fill out an application and pass an interview.

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Austin
5:45 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Top Morning Stories 12/28/11: Holiday Bowl Tonight, Teen Leaves Inspiring Video Before Passing Away

The Texas Longhorns and California Golden Bears meet in the 2011 Holiday Bowl tonight at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.
Photo courtesy of holidaybowl.com

Holiday Bowl Time!

Texas and California clash tonight in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The Texas Longhorn football team is looking for its eighth win of the season. A lot’s at stake for the Horns and the California Golden Bears. Both ended the regular season 7-5. And both teams are making a return to a bowl game after not qualifying last season.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:00 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Free Pet IDs Ahead of New Year's Eve

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Austin
5:16 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Austin Shelter Needs Kitten Foster Homes

Photo by KUT News

Town Lake Animal Center is putting out a call for foster homes, after a greater-than-expected number of kittens have been taken into the shelter.

The kittens generally need to housed for at least two weeks. Fosters are asked to provide bedding and care for the animals, while the shelter pays for medical treatment and food.

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city of austin
12:12 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Candidate Drops Out of Race for City Animal Shelter Boss

Just hours before a public meet-and-greet scheduled for this evening, the City of Austin announced one of the five candidates for Chief Animal Services Officer has dropped out of the race.

City spokesperson Patricia Fraga told KUT News that Abigail Smith withdrew her name for "personal reasons." As executive director of a "No Kill" shelter in Ithaca, New York, Smith was a favorite of some "No Kill" advocates.

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