Animal Trustees of Austin began as a non-profit animal welfare organization helping lost, abused and abandoned animals in Austin and surrounding counties. Today the primary mission of Animal Trustees of Austin has evolved into a community clinic for dogs and cats in the Austin area. Animal Trustees of Austin provides affordable veterinary services including spay and neuter surgeries, preventative wellness care, vaccinations, canine dental cleanings and heartworm treatment.
The largest animal shelter in Central Texas, the Austin Animal Center is an open-intake facility and no animal is turned away. Because all animals are accepted regardless of health or behavior, the shelter does euthanize animals that have no other humane option for lifetime care. Currently the Austin Animal Center has a no-kill success rate of 90 percent. Besides animal control, the Austin Animal Center provides a number of animal-related services to Austin and Travis County including a pet lost and found, pet adoptions, pet registration and rabies quarantine. Animal control officers are always on-call to respond to animal control emergencies. A new voter-approved $12 million 41,400 square feet facility at 7201 Levander Loop opened November 12, 2011 at a location five miles east of the old Town Lake Animal Center that opened in 1952. The old Austin Animal Center at 1156 West Cesar Chavez Street will be the future home of the no-kill animal rescue organization Austin Pets Alive.
Austin Dog Alliance is a non-profit offering pet adoption, behavioral training for puppies and dogs, classes to prepare dogs and owners to work in pet therapy, reading dog programs in schools, after school programs for children with Autism, summer camp programs and animal assisted programs in nursing homes, hospitals and rehabilitation centers. The Autism and Asperger’s program designed by Austin Dog Alliance provides youth ages 8 to 15 with the opportunity to interact with both dogs and other participants to develop communication and social skills. The BowWow Reading Dogs program brings dogs and volunteers into classrooms and libraries throughout the Austin area to help below grade level readers improve reading skills. Austin Dog Alliance also maintains a retail boutique selling unique items for dogs.
Formed in 1952, the Austin Humane Society is Austin's largest no-kill, non-profit pet adoption center The mission of the Austin Humane Society is to save homeless cats and dogs, educate the Austin community about responsible pet ownership and to reduce pet overpopulation. The Austin Humane Society accepts adoptable animals from owners, but space is limited and they do not handle strays. Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are available for adoption for a cost ranging from $85 to $100 depending on the animals age. Each animal from the Austin Humane Society is spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and has current shot vaccinations at the time of adoption. The Austin Humane Society also offers pet loss support groups and dog training classes.
Austin Pet Expo is a free one-day indoor family event event geared towards pet lovers. The Austin Pet Expo is organized by Amazing Pet Expos, which currently produces more than 27 free to the public pet expos around the country. The Austin Pet Expo showcases more than 125 local and national exhibitors and vendors including veterinarians, groomers, trainers, retailers and pet adoption and rescue organizations. Hundreds of pets will be available for adoption or application for adoption. Events include dog agility course demonstrations, pet talent contest, pet costume contest, and pet adoption from local Austin animal rescue services. Pets are welcome to also attend the Austin Pet Expo, but must on a fixed lead with proof of vaccinations or immunizations can be updated at the event. Low-cost vaccinations and microchipping will be available at the Austin Pet Expo. The 2013 Austin Pet Expo features a special appearance by Animal Planet's "Pit Boss," Shorty Rossi and his pitbull Hercules. The date for the 2013 Austin Pet Expo is Saturday, August 3, 2013.
Austin Pets Alive is a non-profit organization run primarily by volunteers promoting and providing resources, education and programs to eliminate the killing of companion animals. Austin's Pets Alive helps pets who have already been passed over by other groups and shelters adoption programs and only takes the healthy and treatable pets who are about to be killed and have no other options. Pets available for adoption can be viewed on the Austin Pets Alive website or at adoption events held on a regular basis at locations all over Austin.
Austin Pets Directory is a free, monthly magazine available in locations all over Austin including pet stores, veterinary clinics, Central Market, Wheatsville Co-op and Whole Foods. Austin Pets Directory profiles different pet related businesses, events, products, and people in each issue and promotes local and national animal welfare organizations. The Austin Pets Directory website has an online directory of pet related businesses in Austin including pet photography, boarding and daycare facilities, grooming, mobile veterinarians, pet supplies and stores, petsitters, rescue shelters and animal welfare agencies, training and behavior specialists and veterinary clinics.
The Austin Police Department has established a dedicated Animal Cruelty Unit Tip Hot Line at (512) 978-0523. The Austin Police Department has determined that in many cases concerned citizens do not want to leave information with the City of Austin 311 non-emergency contact number due to fear of retaliation or not wanting to be perceived a bad neighbor. It is the goal of the Austin Police Department that through the Animal Cruelty Unit Tip Hot Line all dog, cat and other animal abuse cases will be reported. For situations like dog fights, dogs in distress, dogs left in cars or any other incidents that are in progress, call the 911 emergency telephone number.
Austin Rescue is an extensive list of links related to Austin and Central Texas for animal rescue groups including dog single breed rescue, cat, rabbit and other animals, shelters, SPCAs, animal sanctuaries, dog training, pet health care, pet food information and lost dog help.
Established in 1955 and still family owned, Bark 'N Purr carries a large selection of specialty pet foods, including organic dog food, organic cat food, gluten free pet food, general pet supplies and small pets such as the ferrets, gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs. Bark 'N Purr also provides grooming services including hydro-surge baths, flea baths, nail and coat trimming, blow drying and teeth brushing. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable, especially on holistic and natural pet care, and pets are allowed in the store. Bark 'N Purr offers a free home delivery service on orders of $20 or more for pet food and supplies to the Austin area.
Canine Center For Training And Behavior is an18 acres dog training facility trails, practice fields, outdoor training areas and an indoor lesson room under the leadership of Shari Elkins. Elkins is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who was mentored by the late Lee Mannix, an internationally respected dog behaviorist who originally operated the facility under the name the Lee Mannix Center for Canine Behavior. Elkins has also studied with world renowned dog trainer and behaviourist John Rogerson and Linda Tellington-Jones, founder of Tellington TTouch. The staff of the Canine Center For Training And Behavior has more than 30 years of combined training and behavior consulting and specializes in basic through advanced companion dog training and agility and scent sports, as well as aggression and reactive behavior recovery.
Central Texas Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a non-profit no-kill, limited intake animal shelter funded only by private donations and adoption fees. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are available for adoption after applications are reviewed by adoption counselors.
Dirty Dog is a self-serve dog grooming business that provides all the tools to bath your dog including raised tubs, aprons, grooming tables, stairs for large dogs, tearless shampoo, conditioner, towels, brushes, hair dryers, ear wash and nail clippers with no appointment necessary. Dirty Dog also provides full-service professional grooming for all breeds of dogs as well as cats. Dirty Dog was started by two best friends who moved to Austin in 2003 and couldn't find any inexpensive options for grooming their dogs. In addition to the South Austin location on South Lamar, Dirty Dog has four other locations including downtown and North Austin. Besides all the usual pet grooming services, Dirty Dog also provides non-toxic semi-permanent dog hair coloring and feather hair extensions at the Fifth Street location.
Emancipet is a non-profit started more than ten years ago with the goal of helping to eliminate unwanted pets by offering low-cost and free spay and neuter services for dogs and cats in the Austin area. The services provided by Emancipet have grown to include walk-up wellness clinics, microchipping and pet identification, and advocacy efforts. Emancipet offers services through both the stationary clinic located in the Travis County Health and Human Services Department Complex in East Austin and mobile clinics.
Hautedog: Wet Nose Culture is a quarterly magazine published in Austin for dog lovers and dog owners focusing on lifestyle and culture of today's dog owner. Hautedog covers animal wellness, care, rescue and adoption options and the social livelihoods of dogs and their owners. Hautedog is distributed at veterinarian offices, specialty retail locations, area shelters and a other places where dog owners gather socially. Hautedog also publishes a yearly calendar containing money saving coupons on pet related products and services.
Austin is fortunate to have 11 leash free dog parks, the largest number of leash free dog parks in any Texas city. Only two of the parks, the Norwood Estate and the West Austin Dog Park on West 10th Street, are fully enclosed by fencing. When not in these specified leash free areas, the Austin leash ordinance requires dogs to be on a leash no longer than 6 feet on all City land and the violation of this ordinance can result in a maximum fine of up to $500.
Live Oak Pharmacy is an Austin compounding pharmacy dedicated to prescription compounding and wellness. This Austin pharmacy includes services such as RX compounding, pain management, help with adrenal fatigue, and hormone restoration therapy. Live Oak Pharmacy offers compounded medications, compounded pet medications and compounded pediatric medications. By compounding, Live Oak Pharmacy can change the shape, size, flavor, dose and form of a prescription medication. Bitter medicines can be made to taste sweet. Capsules can be replaced with a liquid. In addition to offering customized compounded prescriptions, Live Oak Pharmacy also fills regular prescriptions written by health care providers. Live Oak Pharmacy also offers veterinary compounding for dogs, cats, birds or horses. By the process of veterinary compounding, medications that pets refuse to take willingly can be turned into a flavored treat. Free parking is available in the garage behind Live Oak Austin pharmacy.
Pawsitively Texas is a social network based in Austin advocating for animal welfare through public awareness and education by connecting pet lovers, animal rescue groups, volunteers, and advocates to each other and pet related resources. Pawsitively Texas links to information and groups for pet adoption, no-kill rescue, lost pets, pet events, low cost spay and neuter programs, networking, grants, marketing, fundraising information and other animal related services. The Pawsitively Texas website has stories, poems and photos celebrating pets along with member profiles, forums and blogs. Pawsitively Texas also works to change the laws in Texas for the greater protection of pets.
Family owned and operated, Rainbow Bridge Pet Crematory is a full-service company providing pickup of your pet at your veterinary hospital or home, the individual cremation process, placing the cremated remains in an urn and the return of the remains. Pets are cremated in a private setting with no intermingling of ashes. In addition to individual cremation, Rainbow Bridge also offers communal cremation at a lower cost as an alternative to landfill disposal, but pet ashes are not returned.
The Schrodi Memorial Training Fund is a need based scholarship to help dog owners who cannot afford the training required to help problem dogs with behavior issues caused by fear, aggression and lack of socialization. Based on the idea that behavior problems are the number one reason people surrender their dogs to shelters, the Schrodi Memorial Training Fund was founded in 2008 by Shari Elkins of the Canine Center for Training and Behavior in memory of her dog Schrodi, whose aggresive behavior led Elkins into dog training. The fund is overseen by the Animal Trustees of Austin and is open to all owners and dogs regardless of age or breed with the selection criteria based on financial need and the type of training required. Applications are available online. The main annual fundraising event for the Schrodi Memorial Training Fund is the Run Like The Wind dog-friendly 5K run and walk held in December.
Begun as a chick hatchery after World War II, Tomlinson's has served the Austin area since 1946. Tomlinson's has six retail stores in the Austin area and specializes in selling pet supplies and premium pet food including all natural, organic and grain free dog and cat food. Tomlinson's has made a name for itself by having a knowledgeable staff experienced in various areas of pet ownership. Discount programs are available for frequent buyers of certain dog and cat food brands. Tomlinson's Pet Supplies also sponsors pet adoptions by rescue groups, vetrinary clinics and other special events. Besides the central location on Airport and 49-1/2 Street, Tomlinson's has five other locations in the Austin area.
Train My Dogs is a dog training center located in central South Austin established by Nancy Finck, a dog trainer specializing in dog obedience, puppy training, off leash training and behavior modification for jumping, biting, barking and other dog related problems. Nancy Finck has trained animals for service work, movies and commercials including the dogs that appear dogs that appear in Mazda South commercials. Train My Dogs also sponsors a monthly “Yappy Hour” at the Irie Bean Coffee Bar on South Lamar featuring live music and drink specials for friendly dogs and their owners.
Wildlife Rescue is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates orphaned, injured, and sick wildlife in the Austin area. Wildlife Rescue began in 1977 as a small group of concerned individuals and today is a widespread network of professional rehabilitators and volunteers operating a Rescue Hotline and a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center giving people who live in Austin a resource to contact when they find injured or orphaned animals including birds, deer, raccoons, possums and snakes.