Austin Humane Society

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Dogs:  YesCats:  Yes
Critters:  NoVolunteer program:  Yes
Foster homes needed:  YesPuppy classes:  Yes
Dog behavior classes:  YesCat behavior classes:  No
Agility classes:  NoAnimal assisted therapy:  No
Feral cat program:  YesMicrochipping:  Yes
Humane education:  YesAnimal hospital:  No
Pet loss support:  YesPet survivor program:  No
Owner assistance services:  NoPrograms for kids/teens:  Yes
Prison dog program:  NoDogs:  Yes
Cats:  YesSmall dog only:  No
Older dog only:  NoVolunteer program:  Yes
Foster homes needed:  YesSanctuary:  No
Feral cat program:  YesMicrochipping:  Yes
Low-cost vaccine:  NoPet survivor program:  No
Spay & neuter support:  NoOwner assistance service:  No
Programs for kids & teens:  Yes

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4posted: August 8th, 2007

very nice shelter, wish it took more dogs in

This is a very nice and clean shelter. We like that it's no-kill, but we wish they could take in more dogs. We would rather adopt a pup from Town Lake knowing that it might be euthanized if we didn't save it. The staff is super nice and friendly. We drop off a lot of donations there.


5edited: February 13th, 2007

Great volunteer base, treats animals well

Austin SPCA is a no-kill shelter that has room for about 50 dogs and 30 cats at any time. Because it is no-kill and space is limited, strays are directed to the city shelter (Town Lake Animal Center) and owner-surrenders are on a case by case basis. Austin SPCA has taken rescues from puppy mill seizures and also mobilized a rescue group for over 70 hurricane Katrina dogs, both rehoming abandoned pets and reuniting those with worried owners.

They have a very large and well trained volunteer staff with several hundred active members of all ages. The list of tasks a volunteer can perform are wide, and the shelter offers training for almost anything of interest. Emphasis is placed on walking, socializing, and training dogs (and socializing cats), and also carefully screening each dog in order to focus on specific behavioral problems they might have.

The (paid) staff seem to really care about the animals there and keep a great relationship with the volunteers. The facilities are clean and open to the public daily until 7pm (5 on Sundays) except for on Tuesdays, when the shelter is closed except to volunteers.

Adoption fees are not outlandish and include spay/neuter and some vaccines. Animals who have been at the shelter a long time or who have significant health issues are members of the "lonely hearts club" for a discounted price. The shelter has also recently employed a "meet your match" system to help guide adopters to dogs and cats whose personalities and activity level are suitable for their humans' lifestyles.

posted: February 13th, 2007


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