Animal Shelter Seeks Donations for Garage Sale

YardSaleDonationsDogSignStarting on Saturday, August 8, the City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is accepting donations for the Annual Garage Sale, a benefit organized by the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter to be held in September.

Bring donations to the front door of the former Georgetown public library building at 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street.

Donations can be delivered on Wednesdays or Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September 16 . Volunteers will be available to accept donations at these times, and donation receipts will be available.

New or gently-used furniture, decorator items, bicycles, antiques, and collector items are good items to donate, according to Jackie Carey, animal services manager. Note that clothing items, televisions, and computers are not accepted.

Breaking from tradition (and contrary to information already published in the Reporter mailed with utility bills), the 16th annual Georgetown Animal Shelter Garage Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19 at the former library at 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street.  Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.  All proceeds benefit animals at the Georgetown Animal Shelter.

Contact the Animal Shelter by phone at (512) 930-3592 or by email at animalsvc@georgetown.org. The Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive near the McMaster Athletic Complex.

Noah’s Ark: The Original Animal Shelter

Maybe it hasn’t been 40 days and 40 nights of rain, but it feels like it at the Georgetown Animal Shelter.

dog of week 5-30-15-500The last time the shelter had a 40 Dogs in 40 Days campaign, they did it for kennel renovations. This time, it’s due to overcrowding. Since the beginning of May, the dog population has tripled from 13 to 40 in a shelter that has only 26 kennels.

“The 40 Dogs in 40 Days program was so successful and had such great community support, so we thought we’d do a spin-off and ask for the community’s help in opening up some kennels once again,”  according to Jessie Pierce, marketing coordinator

As before, adoption fees have been decreased to $40, which covers spaying and neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipping, free vet visit and a small bag of food.

Between dogs being surrendered at the end of the school year and lots of stray dogs picked up during the storms, staff has seen a constant stream of new dogs coming in, but few dogs being adopted out.

The campaign will last until June 15 and possibly longer.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 WL Walden Drive and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. The shelter is closed on Wednesday. Contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592 or animalsvc@georgetown.org.

2015 Art for Animals: May 9

logoTickets are now available for the 2015 Art for Animals auction, to be held Saturday, May 9, 2015, 4;00-7:00 p.m., at the Georgetown Community Center, located at 445 E. Morrow St. in San Gabriel Park.  At Art for Animals, guests will enjoy art, wine or coffee, and chocolate desserts—the perfect combination for animal lovers!

The fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter and is their biggest fundraiser.

Tickets are $10 per person (or $12 at the door), which includes light appetizers, chocolate desserts, and beverages. Wine tickets will be sold for $5 per glass.

This year there will be a silent auction and raffle, but no live auction. Themed gift baskets (e.g., golf outing, spa weekend) will be raffled at the event. For $10, each attendee will receive 25 raffle tickets that can be apportioned to the available gift baskets as desired. Drawing winners for the gift baskets will take place at 6:30, and the drawing for a $250 gift to Walmart will be at 6:45.

Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center, 103 W. Seventh Street; Georgetown Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive; or Framers Gallery, 610 S. Main Street. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive next to the McMaster Athletic Complex. 

Floyd shows off his still life
Floyd shows off his still life

  “The proceeds from Art for Animals have a huge positive impact on the   animals at the shelter.  We were recently able to upgrade our adoption trailer to better showcase the dogs and increase their chances of finding forever families. The Friends is able to provide equipment and services to the shelter to improve the lives of the animals while they are there, and to help animals throughout the community,” said Christy Hullum, last year’s president of the Friends group.

Donations of framed artwork and hand-crafted items, such as pottery,  jewelry, and glass work, will be accepted through April 17. Other donations being accepted for the auction include gift baskets, travel packages, and other unique items. Paintings made by the animals at the shelter also will be auctioned.  Donors will receive two tickets to the event.

To make a donation for the auction, contact the animal shelter at (512)930-3592. Donations may be taken to the Georgetown Animal Shelter at 110 W.L. Walden Drive. The shelter website is pets.georgetown.org.

Adopt True Love

Dog of the week 01-03-15 orion
Orion is at the Georgetown Animal Shelter, looking for a new home or perhaps a foster home during his heartworm treatment.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is gearing up for a Valentine’s Day themed adoption weekend February 13 – 15 at the PetSmart in Round Rock located at 201 University Oaks Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78665 (near Ikea off of I-35).

Several other adoption partners will join the Georgetown Animal Shelter from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on these days and, collectively, strive to adopt out 75 animals. There will be many homeless dogs and cats from which to choose, varying in age, size, breed, and personality.

Other groups in attendance will be Austin German Shepherd Rescue, Double E  Rescue Ranch, PAWS Shelter for Animals, Pflugerville Animal Shelter, and Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.

Each pet available for adoption will be spayed or neutered, current on vaccines, and microchipped. PetSmart will even provide adopters with free goodies and valuable coupons to help assimilate the new pets into their forever homes.

Are you looking for true love this Valentine’s Day? Join us at this family friendly adoption event and you are guaranteed to fall in love!

 

Think Before You Surrender a Pet

“I’m moving tomorrow, and I can’t take my cat.”

“My dog keeps escaping from the back yard.”

“The kids don’t play with the guinea pig anymore.”

These are familiar refrains at the Georgetown Animal Shelter, the City’s municipal open-intake animal shelter. But animal shelters should be the last resort for pets that depend on their humans to take care of them.

Beginning in February, the shelter will direct people wanting to give up their pets to make appointments.

“We hope to give people extra time to think about their decision and whether an animal shelter is the best place for their companion,” explained shelter manager Jackie Carey. “Shelters are stressful places even for easygoing dogs and cats.”

If you determine that surrendering your pet is the only option, call 512-930-3592 to make an appointment. Bring any veterinarian records and proof of residency. (As a tax-supported city department, the Georgetown Animal Shelter only accepts animals from people who live within the city limits.)

Be prepared to spend a half hour at the appointment. You’ll be asked to talk to a staff person, complete a profile on the animal, and sign over your rights to make decisions. It’s possible that staff can suggest other alternatives to surrendering the pet.

“We want to see if by talking to people and offering help they will not have to surrender their pets – for example, help fixing their fence, help getting their pet altered, help with training or offering a crate. But if someone is already at wit’s end, we understand and will take their pet without trying to talk them into keeping it,” Carey said.

Appointments will be scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. On weekends, appointments will be available from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Art for Animals Postponed to May 9

logoOriginally scheduled for February 7, Art for Animals is being postponed to May 9. Renovations at the animal shelter are displacing staff for 10 days in January and requiring the shelter to be closed during that time.

“Normally we are accepting and storing a lot of art and other donations in the weeks leading up to Art for Animals, and that just isn’t practical this year,” according to shelter manager Jackie Carey.

The annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter and is the biggest annual fundraiser for the shelter. All proceeds benefit the animals by funding improvements to the shelter and enhancing services for animals.

The shelter’s annual garage sale will be held in September this year, instead of in the spring.

The group is still seeking donations of artwork from Feb. 2 to April 17. Donations of framed artwork and hand-crafted items such as pottery, sculpture, jewelry, and glass work are especially popular, as are gift baskets, travel packages, and other unique items or services. Donors will receive two tickets to the event.

Items that have already been donated are being stored in a secure location, and donors will receive their tickets in the mail in February.

To make a donation for the auction after February 1, contact Jackie Carey, manager at the Georgetown Animal Shelter, at (512) 930-3527, or by email at Jackie.Carey@georgetown.org.

 

Animal Shelter Closed Jan. 16-26

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is undertaking some major renovations to the shelter and will be closed January 16-26.

The building was used as a pump house by the City until the shelter took over the building in 2005, almost ten years ago, and the floors are badly worn.  Renovations include sandblasting the floors and resurfacing them and repainting the interior of the building.

Services will be provided on a limited basis during the time that the shelter is closed.  Frequently-requested services are listed below, along with directions on how to proceed:

  • Pet licenses – Send paperwork and payment (if applicable) to Georgetown Animal Shelter, PO Box 409, Georgetown, TX 78627. License tags will be mailed back to you.
  • Animal Control issues, such as loose dogs or animal-related complaints – Call the non-emergency police number at 512-930-3510. Dispatchers will send out Animal Control Officers, as usual.
  • Lost and found animals – Call the shelter at 512-930-3592 and/or email animalsvc@georgetown.org with a description.
  • Surrendering a pet – Call the shelter at 512-930-3592 to schedule an appointment.  Pets will be accepted through the gates at the rear of the shelter.
  • Adoptions – Cats/kittens may still be adopted from PetSmart (Wolf Ranch) during this time, and dogs may be seen at two adoption events – January 17 and 24 at the PetSmart near Ikea in Round Rock.

Georgetown Animal Shelter Meets No-Kill Goal in 2014

cat of week 10-11-14-200All across Georgetown, tails are wagging and the sound of purrs is emanating from every quarter, as the Georgetown Animal Shelter achieved a significant benchmark.

The City shelter achieved a live outcome rate of 90 percent for the 2014 fiscal year, which spanned October 1, 2013 to September 30. This means that the shelter met the common standard for no-kill status, which is a euthanasia rate under 10 percent. Animals are euthanized at the shelter only when they are severely sick or injured, or exhibit behavior unsafe to other animals or people.

This is the second time for the shelter to meet the annual no-kill standard. The shelter had a 90 percent live outcome rate in the 2011 calendar year. In the 2013 fiscal year, the live outcome rate was 81 percent, and in fiscal 2012 it was 85 percent.

“I’m so proud of our staff and volunteers who work so hard to find good, appropriate homes for our dogs and cats.  And we are all grateful to the public for adopting,” said Jackie Carey, animal services manager.

Other notable milestones from the year-end report include:

  • A record number of adoptions, with 904 in fiscal year 2014, 871 in fiscal 2013, and 822 in fiscal 2012.
  • A noticeable spike in cat adoptions, with 500 adopted in fiscal 2014, 371 in fiscal 2013, and 412 in fiscal 2012.
  • The highest number of impounded animals ever with 1,863 impounded in fiscal 2014—a 12 percent increase. The number impounded in fiscal 2013 was 1,664 and in fiscal 2012 was 1,671.
  • A near-record number of animals returned to their owners with 426 returned in fiscal 2014, 438 in fiscal 2013 and 318 in fiscal 2012. That is a 34 percent increase from two years ago.

dog of week 10-11-14-200According to Carey, the dramatic increase in animals being returned to their owners is probably a result of increased efforts to track down and work with owners on reclaiming their animals, as well as more animals being microchipped.

In summary, the shelter took in 12 percent more animals than in the previous year, yet both the number of adoptions and the number returned to owners increased, resulting in fewer animals being euthanized.

“This is a huge accomplishment for an open intake municipal shelter,” said Carey. “We are required by law to take in every animal surrendered or picked up at-large within our jurisdiction, even aggressive or sick animals. To accomplish no-kill under those requirements is nothing short of amazing.”

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Street next to the McMaster Athletic Complex. The shelter website is pets.georgetown.org. Contact the Georgetown Animal Shelter by phone at (512) 930-3592 or by email at animalsvc@georgetown.org.

Dogs and Fireworks Displays Not a Good Mix

Dog of week 6-28-14-500Leave your dogs at home. That’s what the City Georgetown Animal Shelter is asking residents to do on July 4.

Each year people bring their dogs to the fireworks display at San Gabriel Park, and each year some dogs become petrified and escape from their owners, often with dire consequences.

One year, a bolting dog from the park ran across University Avenue causing an accident. The dog died. Other dogs have run and kept running, never to be found, much to the chagrin of their well-meaning owners. Many dogs are picked up by animal control officers and taken to the City Animal Shelter, where at least they are safe. However, sometimes these dogs are not reclaimed by owners.

“Why would you want to take your loved animal to a place where you know they are going to be nervous, at best,” says Animal Services Manager Jackie Carey. “Most dogs are scared enough of fireworks in the distance, much less right over their heads.”

In addition to not taking dogs to firework exhibitions, owners should make sure their dogs are secure at home, preferably inside. If your dog has a tendency to become anxious at loud noises, Carey suggests staying home with the animal. Playing music in the house can help to drown out the noise of fireworks. You may also consider buying a product like a Thundershirt, which is a shirt that “hugs” the dog. Your veterinarian also may be able to provide a tranquilizer for the dog.

At the shelter, employees give mild tranquilizers to the dogs on July 4 since the fireworks are launched nearby at the McMaster Fields. This allows the dogs to sleep through the fireworks and minimizes effects from the noise.

For more ideas on keeping your dog safe this holiday, go to Ten Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips at www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/care/fourth-of-july-pet-safety-tips.

Vaccine Protects Dogs from Parvo Risk

Recently a number of dogs that were picked up in the southeast side of Georgetown have tested positive for parvovirus, a serious, often fatal canine disease.

dogs of week 06-14-14-250In the past two months, five dogs have tested positive for parvovirus. All were picked up by Georgetown Animal Services in the southeast area of Georgetown. Dogs that are not confined to a yard can roam and spread the disease through contact with other dogs.

Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can be passed from one dog to another. Symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your dog is exhibiting symptoms of parvovirus infection, contact your veterinarian immediately.

The parvovirus vaccine is highly effective in preventing the disease. Georgetown Animal Services reminds residents with puppies that the first round of vaccinations should be given at six to eight weeks. A common vaccine called a 5-in-1 protects dogs against parvovirus and four other common diseases. Puppies typically receive a series of vaccinations at three to four week intervals after the first shots. All dogs should receive regular vaccinations after the first year.

As with all animals in their care, Georgetown Animal Services employees take several precautions to prevent the spread of disease among dogs at the shelter.

According to petmd.com and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the type of parvovirus that affects dogs cannot be transmitted to humans.

For more information on parvovirus, including symptoms, prevention, and treatment, go to the ASPCA site at www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/parvovirus.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org. The shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Street next to the McMaster Athletic Complex. Contact the Animal Shelter by phone at (512) 930-3592 or by email at animalsvc@georgetown.org.