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Are you looking to bring a furry friend home for the holidays? The Austin Animal Shelter is currently holding an adoption event where you can adopt any animal for $20.00.

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If you can’t commit to an adoption, they’re also in need of treats, toys, collars, jackets for large dogs, and dog houses.

Adoptions: $20

When: Now – January 5th

Austin Animal Shelter
7201 Levander Loop
Austin, Texas 78721

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Name: Billy
Sex: Neutered Male
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 5 year old
Days in Shelter/Foster Care: over 165
Animal ID: A609823
Location: In Foster


Billy has been with Austin Animal Center and now with his foster mom over 160 days ! Billy was very shy here at the shelter after his owner brought him to us. He had lived with one person his entire life and the shelter environment was just too overwhelming and frightened him. His now is in a foster home and has really come out of his shell. He lives well with other cats and loves to play. If you would like to learn more about this beautiful boy contact his foster mom at,

If Billy is not the dog for you, please consider one of our other Pet of the Week’s still looking for a forever home.

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Name: Button
Female, Spayed
Breed: Domestic Short hair
Age: 11 Years Old
Days In Foster Care: over 569 days
Location: in foster
Animal ID: A620557


Reports from Button’s foster mom are great! She stated that Button she is doing very well;  Button has Malignant Breast cancer and was not expected to live more than 2 months. She has surprised everyone! Button has been with Austin Animal Center and now her foster 569 days now! She has had two surgeries so far and is feeling great! She is super affective , likes to snuggle, sleeps on her pillow, is very talkative , good around other cats, cautious around dogs, baths herself everyday and is very tidy and clean! If you feel you’re the one to give her the most loving home for the rest of her life please contact her foster at;

If Button is not for you don’t for get about our other Pet of the Weeks still looking for their forever home.

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This year we partnered with the Austin Animal Shelter to bring you our Pet of the Week series. You may see these cute faces every week and while adding another member to your family is not feasible right now, there are still ways that you can help as they are always looking for volunteers or donations.


There are countless ways to get involved, here are a few examples:

  • Customer Greeters – engaging our visitors with the animals, explaining the process for adopting or reclaiming a pet, answering questions
  • Dog Wellness – training the dogs to have good manners, taking them on walks and reinforcing house training skills
  • Cat Socialization – socializing with the cats, observing for character traits
  • Cat Nebulization – treating kitties sick with upper respiratory infections
  • Surgical Assistant – preparing surgery packs, monitoring animals pre-and post-surgery
  • Outreach Volunteer – participating with activities in the community about responsible pet ownership
  • Office Assistant – performing clerical tasks of varying details

Volunteers are needed daily between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

For more information on how to get involved visit,

If you are in the market for a new furry friend, check out our these Pet of the Week’s still looking for a forever home!

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Name: Coco
Sex: Female, Neutered
Breed: Australian Cattle dog mix
Age: 3 Years Old
Days In Foster Care:
Animal ID: A615767
Location: Kennel 48Town Lake Animal Center


This super smart girl was surrendered to us by her owner in December 2011 because of her owners financial hard ship. She was adopted into a new family February 2012 only to be found as a stray almost a year later! The owner who adopted her stated that she had been missing for over 2 months and they never came to search for her. He decide that they just did not want her back. Coco has been to professional training at the Triple Crown Dog Academy and now knows sit, down, stay, wait, and free commands (knows and does all nicely). She is an affectionate and fun dog ! Coco seems good with children, housetrained, walks well on a leash and is curious about meeting other dogs.  This girl is an excellent fetcher! If you have children at home for the summer and need an excellent play buddy for your kids and a companion that will lay by your feet at home, meet Coco! Let’s give this girl the forever home she deserves!

Don’t forget about our previous Pet’s Of The Week that are still looking for a home.

Yesterday I got great news, Rajah our first Pet of The Week was adopted. Thank you so much for all the shares as you helped another animal find its furever home and this is what Pet of The Week is all about!

This week Peaches! A 3 year old, spayed American Pit Bull Terrier.


Has been cared for by Austin Animal Center and their Volunteer driven group, Hard Luck Hounds since December 13th 2011 !!

Three-year-old Peaches is full of energy and sometimes seems to be looking for someone when you have her out — maybe the person who gave her a home for a few months before deciding she was not a good fit for a senior citizen. She is a petite, pretty smart girl who’ll hop up on a bench and snuggle next to the right person. Peaches would love someone who will help her channel her energy and to use her active mind with training, exercise and games like puzzle toys. Her former adopter reported that she is housebroken and calm indoors, and that she is playful, respectful and usually tolerant around children. But she was kept mostly outdoors, and her person said she could be barky and destroy things outside — we are guessing out of boredom or loneliness. She hasn’t been around cats but her person reported she chased squirrels and rabbits. We think she might do best as an only fur-child. She’ll be enough to fill your home with fun and love

She is at the shelter  or you can contact Hard Luck Hound founder at:

If Peaches is not for your don’t forget about last week’s Pet of The Week, Eli. For more information click here.

Meet our Pet Of The Week, Eli.

A624460.003.DAge: 11 months old

Neutered AMERICAN Stafford mix

Has been cared for by Austin Animal Center and his generous foster Kimberley Gilbertson before he was even born! They had his mom since February 12,2012 and he was born in Foster care March 17, 2012!

Eli is a sweet puppy who gets along well with other dogs. He can be a little shy at first but warms up quickly. Eli’s Mom is a Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull) and Dad is a Mystery Man, possibly a Lab. Eli’s little head is the shape of a Labrador. This little man was born and has been raised completely in a Foster home and his sweet spirit reflects that! He is a nature baby and loves to be outside and play in the baby pool. Eli’s favorite pastime is playing with tennis balls or chewing on his Nylabone or any fallen tree limbs. He is happy and easy going, up to date on shots, neutered, micro- chipped. We are working on housebreaking and he is doing very well.

For more information you can reach his foster mom at:

Eli’s Blog

Eli’s Website

The Austin Animal Shelter is in dire need of help! The shelter is teetering dangerously close to full capacity, and they need to find more homes for their animals.

If you’ve been thinking about adopting, now would be a great time to head over there and maybe find a new addition to your family.

If you’re not in the market for a pet, you could always foster a dog until it finds a permanent home. I’ve had several friends foster animals, and they’ve said it was a great experience. For more information visit:

You can also donate to the shelter. They’re always looking for pet treats, good toys, beds, newspaper, collars, leashes, bowls, crates and more.

7201 Levander Loop
Austin, Texas 78702