Posts Tagged ‘Spay/Neuter’
October 22, 2011 is National Pit Bull Awareness Day! In celebration, Austin pit bull education and advocacy group Love-A-Bull is hosting the Texas-Sized Pittie Pride event on Sunday, November 6, 2011 in Republic Square Park in downtown Austin. They will be looking to set a record for the world’s largest gathering of pit bull-type dogs. I was there last year and can affirm that it was a great time with some amazing people and the most wonderful dogs in the world.
Special guests at the Pittie Pride event and the VIP party include:
- Actress, producer, writer, and animal welfare advocate Holly Marie Combs
- Singer, songwriter, teacher, and traveler John Shipe (see below)
- Tim Racer & Donna Reynolds of BAD RAP
- 101X radio host and animal lover Deb O’Keefe
Here’s a sample of John Shipe’s musical stylings:
Here are a few of my own pictures from last year’s event:
Friends of Town Lake Animal Center (full disclosure: I’m on the board) will host the Green Gala on October 22, 2011 at the animal shelter’s new location in east Austin. Tickets are on sale now, so go buy some. I’ll wait……
Come enjoy local food and drink and music from The Hot Club of Cowtown.
Seriously, go buy tickets!
The shelter will be moving from its current location on Cesar Chavez, which it has occupied since1952 and the city has managed since 1992, to a new facility at Levander Loop in east Austin, near the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Highway 183. The new facility will open November 12.
There had been controversy around how the Texas Legislature was going to disburse funds collected from the sale of “Animal Friendly” license plates, which are intended to be used to fund spay/neuter programs. I learned today that all funds were authorized by the Legislature for their intended purpose. This came after protests from nonprofits who were expecting funding. The cuts proposed by the Legislature would have barely made a dent in the budget shortfall, but would have been devastating to the organizations that were expecting the money (not to mention the Texans who bought the license plates expecting the money to support spay/neuter). It is always nice when the Legislature does what it is supposed to do.
I organized a group of lawyers to volunteer at Town Lake Animal Center this past Saturday. I’ll just say this: everyone should go to their nearest animal shelter, even if you don’t want or have the ability to care for a new pet, and at least spend some time interacting with the animals there. It’s great for the dogs and cats, and it’s great for the people as well. Who knows–you might leave with a new best friend.
Casey and Tyra are wonderful dogs and could be a great addition to someone’s family. A particular place in my heart, however, was stolen by Doodle, who has to be seen in action to be believed.
Adopt a pet today!
In my role as chair of the Austin Bar Association‘s Animal Welfare Committee, I have issued the following resolution regarding allocation of funds in the Senate budget bill. It is an important issue, not just because supporting spay and neuter programs is important, but because people need to know that, when they voluntarily contribute money for a specific cause, the money really will go to that cause. Talk to your Senator today.