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Austin Animal Center


Austin Animal Center, the largest municipal animal shelter in Central Texas, provides shelter to 18,000 animals annually and services to Austin/Travis County. This facility accepts stray and owned animals regardless of age, health, species or breed.
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Debra Josephson wrote on March 9th, 2017

Look forward to Dog Training this weekend with Mentor, Terry!

Susan Murray wrote on October 18th, 2016

If I can't make the orientation session on 10/22, when is the next session scheduled? Thanks.

Debra Littell wrote on September 20th, 2016

Any idea when there will be a blue-dot dog class in the near future?
Debra L.

Animal Services Volunteer Team wrote on July 3rd, 2016

The Behavior and Enrichment team has asked for a special project: can anyone help make 5-10 of these for staff to use? This could be a good project for our youth volunteers :) .

Create the Shake Can:
Use an aluminum soda can to make your shake can--The thicker the can the better!
• Rinse out the can and allow it to dry thoroughly.
• Fill the can with a handful of pennies, or with small metal screws, nuts, bolts or washers.
• The can should be full enough so the coins rattle around loudly inside when you shake it up and down. It should be light enough to be carried around.
• Seal the top of the can with duct tape to keep the coins from falling out when shaken.
Let me know if you can help!
Thanks, Amanda

Heather Fox wrote on June 16th, 2016

Are any blue dot and/or outings & overnights trainings going to be scheduled soon? I'm eager to learn so I can take a dog for an afternoon or for an overnight.

Animal Services Volunteer Team wrote on June 9th, 2016

There has been some confusion about what animals can be fostered.

The only animals in the shelter that should not be sent to foster are puppies and kittens under six months of age with no health issues and adult small dogs under 20 pounds with no health issues.

Please explain to interested foster families that these animals get adopted very quickly and are not eligible for fostering, BUT if they would like to adopt that animal, we are happy to assist in that process :)

Our animals that need fostering are:
• Adult dogs weighing more than 25 pounds
• smaller adult dogs that have been with us for more than 30 days
• Adult cats
• Kittens or puppies under eight weeks
• Moms with young under eight weeks
Additional guidelines:
• They must already be altered unless approved by a veterinarian
• They cannot be on a stray hold, APD hold or DVM hold or have severe medical issues that we are currently addressing
No person who wants to foster should be turned away empty handed. As we all know, many short term fosters turn into adopters. Please use this as an opportunity to steer them toward our longer stay animals and ones that need fostering the most. Before turning someone away from fostering, make sure you have tried all other options and explained to them why we are requesting short term fosters.

If you have any questions, please call any manager or supervisor for assistance.

Kasey Spain
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
Austin Animal Center, City of Austin
p 512.978.0675 m 817.456.5370 a 7201 Levander Loop, Bldg A
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Lauren Truitt wrote on June 7th, 2016

This Thursday at City Hall Council Member Gallo is recognizing the hard work being done by Animal Services staff and volunteers.

I should not be the one that receives this or represents us. This recognition belongs to you all. Please attend and represent on behalf of Animal Services.

For a council member to take the time to recognize Animal Services staff specifically independent of any other organization or event is very important and noteworthy.

Here is the resolution being read by the Council Member this Thursday after 5:30 pm:

Be it Known that
Whereas, the City of Austin Animal Services Office is a recognized national leader in exemplary public services for its animals and people;
Whereas, Austin Animal Center has saved nearly all animals that enter its doors through innovative foster, rescue and wildlife rehabilitation partnerships, community-based work, on-site enrichment for animals, and cooperative community partnerships;
Whereas, these life-saving results are the results of dedicated efforts of Animal Protection Officers, public educators, veterinary services, customer service representatives, animal care and enrichment specialists, program coordinators, an administrative support team and volunteers;
Whereas, these teams work together to care for the animals and community 365 days per year through all kinds of weather sometimes with great personal sacrifice;
Whereas, this teamwork makes the City of Austin is a safe place for people, pets and wildlife to co-exist;
Now, therefore,
I, Sheri Gallo, City Council Member District 10, City of Austin, Texas, do hereby honor and thank the City of Austin Animal Services for all its efforts.
In Austin.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto
Set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Austin
Of Austin to be affixed this XX day of May
In the year two thousand sixteen

Sheri Gallo, City Council Member, District 10

Tawny Hammond
Chief Animal Services Officer
Austin Animal Services
7201 Levander Loop, Building A | Austin, Texas, 78702
DESK: 512-978-0536

Sara Ballard wrote on June 1st, 2016

Hi volunteers! Does anyone live (or know anyone who does) close to the Waller County Animal Center in Hempstead? A neighbor found two gorgeous, friendly medium/large male dogs while working and they are currently at Waller County. If they aren't claimed tomorrow, they will be put down. I can't make the trip out in the next day, unfort, so hoping for a hero to help save these two precious boys!

GivePulse profile picture of Lorian Epstein Lorian Epstein  10 months ago
Hi Sara, are you on the FB group? I recommend posting this on that forum. This one doesn't get as much traffic as the Facebook group. I'm sorry I can't help rescue these babies!

Animal Services Volunteer Team wrote on May 28th, 2016

Hi all –

Mark Sloat has been selected as the Field Services Program Manager. Among other responsibilities, this newly established position will help seamlessly integrate outreach and Animal Protection programs and services to best serve the community. He will start in this new role on June 12.

Dave Ackerman, Animal Protection Senior Officer, will serve in an acting Animal Protection Supervisor role. He will work with Mark and April over the next two weeks to make this transition as smooth as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thank you,

Lee Ann Shenefiel,
Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer
Austin Animal Center
7201 Levander Loop, Building A
Austin, TX 78702

Animal Services Volunteer Team wrote on May 25th, 2016

Staff & Volunteers,

I am pleased to announce Mike Gillis has been selected as the new Administrative Manager (Animal Care Operations Manager).

Mike comes to us with a wealth of experience in leadership and management. He served in the Marine Corps for more than 20 years and then worked at the director of operations for a large social services agency serving developmentally disabled adults. He eventually returned to the defense industry, serving as a senior manager for 14 years. He holds two master’s degrees: one in information systems and one in organizational management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Mike has been actively volunteering and fostering for pug rescue in his home in San Diego, California since 1994 and is a lifelong animal lover. He is relocating to the area from San Diego.

Mike will begin on Monday, May 30 and his office will be Ginger’s former office space. He will initially be managing the animal care and behavior team and will eventually be managing at least one additional team within the shelter after a three to five month orientation period.

Please welcome Mike to our team when you see him!

Kristen Auerbach
Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer
Austin Animal Center, City of Austin