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Despite his hard life of abuse and neglect, Jake Ryan has a sweet demeanor and a kind heart. Chained to a tree to endure Texas’ extreme weather with no shelter for 5 years, Jake Ryan is all snuggles and loves being indoors. He is great with children and other dogs, but does not do well with cats. A quick learner- he know sit, lay down, & stay. He is respectful, eager to please and looking for a loving and safe forever home. Jake is being treated for heart worm and has all his vaccinations.

To meet or learn more about Jake please email:

Name: Petey 
Animal ID:
Sex: Nuetered Male
Breed:  Pit Bull Mix
Age: 5 Year Old
Location: In Foster


Everyone meet Sweetie Petey! He’s a lovable, sweet, snuggly guy who loves people. He loves meeting new people and is friendly with everyone he meets. He’s so thankful for kindness and pays you back with attention and kisses. He’s house-trained, crate-trained, and not destructive when left alone. He also enjoys toys and playing fetch. He’s been to some training classes and is a star student. He learns quickly, is food-motivated, and wants to please. He know basic cues and walks well on the leash when there aren’t lots of cars around. Seeing cars passing is a bit scary for him, but we’re teaching him how to handle uncomfortable situations. He’s a great hiking buddy and enjoys dipping in streams along the way.


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Name: Layla
Animal ID:
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed:  Chihuahua mix
Age: 1 Year Old
Location: In Foster

Layla has been in foster for over a month now, because she arrived at AAC with a broken leg. Since she has been in foster, we know that she gets along with cats and large dogs!

Her behavior is wonderful, too. She is crate trained and will sleep quietly all night long! She loves to cuddle with people and other pets. Layla rides well in the car, and is respectful of supervised children who are gentle with her. Layla is mostly potty trained, and seems very healthy. If you would like to meet Layla contact Customer Service at 512-978-0500.

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Name: Clyde
Animal ID:
Sex: Neutered Male
Breed:  Mix
Age: 2 Year Old
Location: Kennel 211

Clyde is currently our longest-stay dog still living in the shelter, he has been with us since November 1st, 2016!

Clyde says he loves outings, especially if swimming is an option. Quacking ducks and birds on ground posed no interest but, lizards, beware! Clyde was calm in the car but curious about everything! He aced “leave it/take it” with cheeseburger bites. He likes the view from the top of tables best. He is an easy and delightful companion. Come meet Clyde today!

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Name: Faith
Animal ID:
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: Pit Bull Mix
Age: 3 Year Old
Location: Kennel 336
Days In Shelter: 131



This is Faith, who is staying with us at the Austin Animal Center until we can find her a family of her own. She is a special pup and has a special person. She came in as a stray and no one came to claim her. Faith was so afraid and fearful, initially, and wouldn’t let anyone get close to her. Most shelters would have euthanized her.

But time was asked for and it was granted. With the patience and love from staff and volunteers, she finally allowed herself to trust. The moment she let staffer Dena Dixon walk her out of her kennel will be a memory she will always hold priceless. Just look at her now! Faith gives kisses! She plays…she’s silly…she hops around in the play yards with delight! We’ve never seen a dog learn new commands with so little effort! All these things we know about her. The only thing we don’t know is her future. We don’t know who is that amazing family yet, that will be fortunate to receive all the love she has to give. If you know who they are…please tell them Faith would LOVE to meet them!

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Name: Heaven & Harmony
Animal ID:
A744985 & A744986
Sex: Spayed Females
Location: In Foster

Heaven and Harmony stayed with one of our volunteers for a sleepover and they were so good they earned themselves another night!
This is what our volunteer has to say about them.
“They have been perfect house guests. They already know how the doggy-door works and they are very house trained. They come to us for a little love then go right back to their beds just to relax. We left them alone for a few hours and they did great by themselves. They both know “sit, “down”, and “off”. They are a perfect balance of being super mellow with medium energy to play a few rounds of fetch and go on walks around the neighborhood. They are low maintenance and as a bonded pair they don’t need much more than a good belly rub every now and again. I think they would do great in any home!💛”

If you know someone who would like to make this odd couple a part of their family send them over. Keep in mind, we do out of state adoptions. For more information please call us at 512-978-0500.

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Name: Kurt
Animal ID: A734959
Age: 1 year old
Breed: Lab Mix
Sex: Neutered Male
Location: In Foster


Kurt is around 1 year old and has been enjoying foster-life while his foster parents and 4-legged foster siblings help him face his fears and come out of his shell. He is the sweetest and silliest boy who warms up nicely in a new home and wants nothing more than a kind person to follow around and doggie siblings to play and cuddle with. Shown in one of the pictures is his foster sister, Pearl, a.k.a. Kurt’s Security Blanket. Following the lead of his foster sisters, Kurt knows when his foster is ready to leave and he runs and crates himself! How’s that for easy? Do you think Kurt would fit in your pack? Email his foster mom, Theresa, at  to set up a visit to meet Sweet Kurt in real life!

Learn more about Kurt and watch his video’s on his own FB page!


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Name: Hugo
Animal ID: A738100
Age: 3 year old
Breed: Lab Mix
Sex: Neutered Mix
Location: Kennel 106



Hugo is a wonderful dog. He is a huge snuggler and likes to think he is a lap dog sometimes. He loves toys with squeakers, although he goes through them very quickly. He also loves to play fetch and run! Hugo would be THE BEST running buddy! He is one of our Playgroup Rock Stars! He is house trained and well behaved on his first overnight with a volunteer. Overall Hugo is an amazing dog and I hope he finds his forever home soon! Come visit Hugo, take him for a walk or play ball!

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Name: Cupcake
Animal ID: A735044
Age: 7 year old
Breed: Pit Bull Mix
Sex: Spayed Female
Location: Kennel 321


Cupcake has spent some time in foster care, so we know great things about her! She is absolutely PERFECT in a home: Totally house-trained, not destructive, cuddly and low-key, silly and playful, and loves leisurely walks around the neighborhood. Loving, gentle and kind are some the ways we describe her. We’re becoming low on kennel space, so Cupcake is searching for another foster!! WHO WANTS TO FOSTER THIS ADORABLE DOG?

Ace is a handsome, striking black GSD, estimated to be around 6-years-old. He is very gentle and loving and gets along with other dogs well. He responds to commands well and will stay right by your side when being walked. He loves to play with his foster brother and sister and can get a bit rough at times, so he might be best in a home with other larger dogs. Play your cards right, and Ace could be a loving member of your family.
Come out to meet Ace and other available German Shepherds on Saturday, April 8th at Kriser’s Natural Pet on North Lamar.