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Austin animals need your help!!!

Austin’s animal shelter will be moving to its new location in one week, so they need help fostering animals! The following is from
Sarah Hammond, Foster Coordinator for Austin Animal Services:

Many of you have signed up to foster animals during our move or asked me how you can help and I’d like to let you know how YOU, yes YOU can help!

We are T minus 7 days before the move so the time is NOW to come pick out a pet you can foster. Dog, cat, kitten, puppy, no matter. As long as their stray time is over and they have no adopter waiting for them, they are available for fostering.

So how can I tell by looking?

Online: Visit go to “Get a Pet” (the cat) from there, click on “View Adoptable Pets” and select dog or cat and the sex and age you are interested in.  Leave that blank if you do not care. Scroll though and jot down the ID number and the Kennel number of the pets you are interested in.

In the Shelter: Working off your list or off the cuff, look for animals you are interested in who have a GREEN “Let’s Go” sign (that means they are done with their stray time) and also do NOT have a PINK “Interest Pending” tag (which means there is already an adopter interested.) You can visit with these animals, pet them, hang out them and decide if you think them crashing at your place for 7-14 days is something that would be a good idea.

How do I take them home?

Visit with the Customer Service Reps in Building C – you want to be sure there are not any medical needs or behavior concerns that you were not aware of. If all looks good, let the staff member know you are ready to take them home and foster them for “The Move”.  The staff member will make sure your pet gets a microchip and a rabies shot (if they are old enough) before they go home with you.

How do I return them?

It will take us several days after the move to settle in and figure out how everything is going to work – be patient with us! I am guessing around the 15th, we will have a decent idea of how things work, how full we are and where we can put incoming foster pets. E-mail and let her know you are ready to turn your foster pet and she will finalize the arrangements.

What if I don’t WANT to return them?

It happens to the best of us, if you want to adopt the pet you fostered, or found someone who is interested in adopting them, let Sarah know. We just need to make sure the animal is old and healthy enough for adoption and also MUST be fixed and chipped before going to a new home. Sarah can help you make these arrangements. If you are an approved foster, you are an approved adopter automatically. If you are a volunteer, you will need to complete the adoption process with customer service. If someone you know wants to adopt the pet, they do have to complete the adoption application with the shelter before they can take ownership of the pet.

No, I don’t want to keep them but I want to try to find them a home and keep them at my house until a forever home is found.

That’s GREAT! Even our brand new shelter is not as good as crashing in a HOME until a FURRever home is found.  Ask Sarah for more Marketing Ideas to promote your foster pet! And remember, they need wellness (shots, parasite protection) regularly so don’t loose touch!

If you can help (as Bob Barker would say) COME ON DOWN!!!

Sarah Hammond
Austin Animal Services
Foster Coordinator
Current Contact Info:
1156 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-972-6071
Fax: 512-972-6036

as of November 10, 2011
Contact Info:
Austin Animal Center
7201 Levander Loop
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 512-978-0541
Fax: 512-978-0616

Photo credit: Kenphot from


National Pit Bull Awareness Day festivities in Austin

Texas-Sized Pittie PrideOctober 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.

The night before, they will host a VIP Kickoff Party at Austin Speed Shop, 1414 S. Lamar. More information and tickets are available at Love-A-Bull’s Meetup page.

Special guests at the Pittie Pride event and the VIP party include:

Here’s a sample of John Shipe’s musical stylings:

Here are a few of my own pictures from last year’s event:

Pit Bull Awareness Day, November 7, 2010 Pit Bull Awareness Day, November 7, 2010
Pit Bull Awareness Day, November 7, 2010 Pit Bull Awareness Day, November 7, 2010

Green Gala! Join Friends of Town Lake Animal Center and more on October 22

Green Gala, October 22, 2011Friends 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.

Town Lake Animal Center has launched a blog, The Last 100 Days of Town Lake Animal Center, to chronicle the move and the shelter’s history.


Architectural Rendering of the new facility.



Animal Welfare CLE presentation for Bastrop Wildfire Relief

Yesterday I made a brief presentation on animal welfare legal issues for the Austin Bar Association’s CLE program for Bastrop wildfire relief volunteers.


Resources, information to help Bastrop, Texas

The following is from the Austin Bar Association:

Austin Bar Association Offers Help to Victims of Wildfires

As wildfires in Bastrop County continue to burn for the consecutive third day, authorities estimate 25,000 acres and over 500 homes have been lost. Many Central Texas families will need assistance to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of this catastrophic disaster.

The Austin Bar Association is offering several ways to help:

Volunteer – Contact David Courreges (512-615-2787) or Amy Welborn (512-825-3390) to volunteer
• Attorneys to answer basic legal questions in Bastrop this week, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 7. Shifts are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
• Attorneys who are willing to answer questions by phone. We’ll need volunteers over the next two weeks who can be contacted as calls come in to the Austin Bar or State Bar of Texas.
• Red Cross trained volunteers to help in Bastrop with a variety of needs.
• Couriers/law firm runners with cars to deliver donations to Bastrop and other areas hit by fires.
• Receptionists who can answer phones at the Austin Bar and direct calls to attorneys.

Office Space
Please call Austin Bar Association at 512-472-0279 with available office space for displaced attorneys.

Extra pens, pasture, or animal stalls
Please call Austin Bar Association at 512-472-0279.

Monetary Donations can be contributed to Red Cross of Central Texas:
• Austin Bar Foundation to be donated to the Red Cross
Red Cross Online
• By Check or In Person: American Red Cross of Central Texas, 2218 Pershing Drive, Austin, TX 78723.
• Give using your credit or debit card by phone to the Red Cross (512) 929-1250 or (512) 928-4271.

Medical Supplies, Toiletries, and Sleeping Materials are being collected by Catholic Relief Charities today:
• 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Catholic Charities of Central Texas, 1817 E. Sixth St., Austin, TX
• 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Diocese of Austin Pastoral Center, 6225 Highway 290 East, Austin, TX
• Next two weeks, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Austin Bar office, 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700, Austin, TX

Clothing Donations
• St. Vincent de Paul South Congress Store, (512) 442-5652, 1327 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX
• St. Vincent de Paul Yager Collection Center, (512) 238-6737, 18 West Yager Ln, Austin, TX
• Thrift Shop at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2008 Justin Lane, Austin, TX
• Zion Church, (512) 308-9344, 151 Shiloh Road, Bastrop TX
• Old Wind’s/Dollar General Store, 210 Main St, Smithville, TX
• 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Austin Bar office, 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700, Austin, TX

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I believe you have my stapler

Since I’m already on a bit of a self-promotion kick, and since I like to also promote cool events, I present the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce‘s Office Space spoof, starring me:

The video was made to promote AYC’s Office Space Quote-Along, which will be next Wednesday, September 7, at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at 7:00. If you live a convenient distance, you should come!



People’s Law School, September 24, 2011

On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the Austin Bar Association and Lawyer Referral Service will host the People’s Law School at the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile Street, Austin, TX 78702. The People’s Law School is a community service offering free classes to the public on various legal topics. A People’s Law School is held twice a year in February and September. The schedule for September is as follows:

Schedule for the September 2011 People's Law School

More information on classes, registration, and directions is available here.


This is what heroism looks like

From the Lucky Dog Rescue Blog:

Ashley Owen Hill

I rescue dogs. I fight for them. I dedicate my life to them.
I rarely put myself first. I never put them last. I always try to do right by them.


Sometimes, I sob. I hurt so much… but I cry because they hurt more than I ever could. The helplessness drives me to say, “I can’t…”
Then, a foster dog’s kiss says, “You can…”
So, I get out of bed. I brush off the despair. I vow to make a difference.
I do make a difference.
I never give up. I fight for change each day. I pray for relief from the pain… not for me, but for them.
I rescue dogs. In turn, dogs rescue me. Everything in between… is so worth it.


Some new furry friends

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 needs a new forever home!

Tyra and her "happy tail"

Tyra has "happy tail" and wants to meet you!

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.

Doodle loves to play

Doodle is a bundle of joy and yappy energy

Doodle is happy to meet you

Doodle is happy to meet you!

Adopt a pet today!


People’s Law School

I’m excited to note that I received a mention in the April issue of Austin Lawyer as co-chair of the People’s Law School Committee of the Austin Bar Association. The next People’s Law School will be in September, location to be determined. Look for exciting things to come!

Austin Lawyer cover, April 2011