Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Teams up with Georgetown Animal Shelter for FREE Adoptions

It’s a DOUBLE TROUBLE Adoption Event – Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) and Georgetown Animal Shelter are teaming up, for the first time ever, to present a FREE adoption special for adopters who schedule appointments to adopt their new furry family member in Georgetown!

From now through Sunday, June 20, 2021, both shelters’ sizzling summer specials include FREE adoptions of medium and large adult dogs and adult cats for adopters who make an appointment. The shelters are overflowing with wonderful pets for every kind of home, and between WCRAS and the Georgetown shelter, there’s sure to be a pet that will suit your family’s lifestyle.

“Due to the combination of kitten season, past rainstorms and large intakes from single residences, both shelters are over capacity with adult cats (including barn cats) and medium/large dogs. Our shelters are in desperate need for adopters and fosters in order to save lives. WCRAS and Georgetown Animal Shelter know it takes working together to be a lifesaving community and hope the community will team up with us,” said Misty Valenta, animal services director of WCRAS.

To take advantage of this special adoption celebration, go to wilcopets.org to see a list of all of the adoptable pets at WCRAS and pets.georgetown.org for pets at Georgetown Animal Shelter. Interested adopters may email adoption@wilco.org to schedule an appointment for priority service with one of our adoption matchmakers at WCRAS and animalsvc@georgetown.org to schedule an appointment at Georgetown Animal Shelter.

Protect your family and pets from the heat this summer

As temperatures rise, the City wants to remind you to protect your family and pets against hot temperatures and heat-related illness on local summer excursions.

Protect pet paws

In hotter temperatures, it becomes increasingly dangerous for your dog to go on walks on concrete and asphalt. Asphalt absorbs heat throughout the day and stays hot even after the sun goes down, which can burn a pet’s paw pads. Pro tip: Take short walks in the early morning and stay in the shade. If it’s too hot for you to keep your hand on the asphalt/concrete for more than five seconds, it’s too hot for your dog.

Stay hydrated

It is important to remember to drink water to prevent dehydration and heat-related illness.

Dogs usually need three to four times the normal amount of water in hot weather, depending on their size and activity level, to stay hydrated. If you’re taking them for a hike or day at the lake, make sure to take plenty of extra water for them. Watch for signs of dehydration, such as pale gums and lethargy. Pro tip: Adding a touch of low-sodium broth can encourage drinking.

Don’t leave your dog or small children in a parked vehicle

Leaving your pet or child in a parked car on a warm day can be a deadly mistake. The temperature in a parked car can heat up like an oven, even with the windows cracked. For example, it can reach 140 degrees in less than 15 minutes. Open windows and shaded parking areas won’t save your pet’s life in temperatures that high.

Dogs pant to cool off and only excrete sweat through their paw pads instead of sweating through their skin like people. With only hot air to breathe, your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke. Pro tip: This time of year, leave your pets at home. If you must take them (on vacation or to an appointment), plan your day so that you can drive directly to the destination.

If you see a dog left in a hot car in Georgetown, and it appears to be in distress, call 512-930-3510, ext. 6, for Animal Control.

Children in hot cars can experience the same effects. If you see a child unattended in a vehicle, please call 911.

Prepare and stay safe

Knowing the signs of heat-related illness and how to respond is important. You can find more information for how to prepare and stay safe in the heat at ready.gov/heat.

New pet for Christmas? Here’s what you need to know

Did your family get a new puppy or kitten for Christmas this year? Here are some important things to remember when caring for your new pet in the City of Georgetown.

Leash your pet: Always leash your pet in public. It is against City ordinances for dogs to be at large in the city limits, and for cats that have not been altered or vaccinated to be at large. It is also against City ordinances to chain or tether your dog unless a person is holding the restraint with a few exceptions.

License your pet: All dogs and cats that live within the city limits are required to have an annual City license. The City’s pet-license requirement helps keep rabies under control by enforcing the rabies vaccination requirements. The cost of a license is $5 for animals that are spayed or neutered or $20 for unaltered animals. For residents age 65 and older, the license is free if the pet is spayed or neutered. Free licenses are limited to one per person.                                                                          

Take care after your pet: You may not allow an animal to damage private property other than the owner’s property. Pick up after your pet by immediately removing any waste on public or private property and properly disposing of it. Free-roaming cats that cause a nuisance while off their owner’s property can be impounded, and their owner can be fined.

Learn more about Georgetown’s animal-related ordinances at pets.georgetown.org/overview/ordinances.

About the Georgetown Animal Shelter

The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive. The shelter is currently operating by appointment during its normal operating hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. For more information, visit pets.georgetown.org.

Georgetown Animal Shelter organizes donation drive for GivingTuesday

The Georgetown Animal Shelter and the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter will kick off the generosity season by hosting a drive-through donation event for homeless dogs and cats for GivingTuesday.

GivingTuesday, which falls on Dec. 1 this year, is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. The shelter and its nonprofit partner, Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter, will inspire generosity by organizing a donation drive for shelter pets Dec. 1-5, 2020.

“We are thrilled to join GivingTuesday this year,” FOGAS president Sharon Buford said. “Our usual fundraising and other events were canceled because of the pandemic. GivingTuesday allows us the opportunity to work with the community for the first time in months.”

Volunteers and shelter staff will be accepting donations next to the Georgetown Public Library, in the parking lot at West Eighth Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Street. Donors can look for the colorful adoption trailer to locate volunteers. Employees and volunteers will be stationed at the trailer from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 1-4, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

“We’re hoping to fill the trailer with pet supplies to last us through the holiday season,” Animal Services Manager April Haughey said. “The Georgetown community always floods us with donations this time of year, and we wanted to make it as easy as possible for them!”

Haughey said the organizations are hoping to collect dry pet food, new toys for dogs and cats, small blankets, leashes, and other items.

Those who are interested in donating to the animal shelter’s GivingTuesday initiative can visit pets.georgetown.org for a wish list of specific items and the donation drive schedule.

The shelter also has an Amazon Wish List with needed items, such as food, specialized toys, and cleaning items at tinyurl.com/WoofPurr. A portion of the money you spend on Amazon can also be donated to the shelter by selecting the animal shelter as your designated nonprofit on Amazon Smile.

Georgetown Animal Services is located near San Gabriel Park and is currently operating by appointment only. It has been serving Georgetown for decades as the open-intake municipal shelter for the City. Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter formed in 2010 to support the shelter’s mission. Learn more at friendsofgtownshelter.org.

Arts and Culture Board seeks mural proposals

The City’s Arts and Culture Board is seeking artist proposals for two murals in Georgetown this fall.

Animal Shelter Mural Project

In October, the Arts and Culture Board reopened the call for art for a mural related to the purpose of the Georgetown Animal Shelter by addressing the rescue and adoption of pets.

Mural designs are due by Nov. 30, and artists will be notified of a final selection in mid-January. The artist chosen will be paid a $4,000 stipend to install the mural, and the cost of materials and equipment needed for installation will be funded by the City. The project must be completed by March 31, 2021.

Georgetown Title mural

Georgetown Title, in collaboration with the Arts and Culture Board, will also be seeking artists to design and install a mural on an exterior wall of their building at 702 Rock St. in downtown. The call for art will be open Nov. 1-Dec. 31.

The mural design should be an interpretation of the history of the site using abstract representation with an emphasis on color and shape instead of realistic representation.

An artist stipend of $4,000 will be paid to the artist selected to install the mural. The cost of materials and equipment necessary to install the mural will be covered up to $2,000. Artists will be notified of selection by late January 2021. The mural will be completed by April 30, 2021.

For more information about the projects, including submittal requirements, visit arts.georgetown.org.

Georgetown Animal Shelter kennels get a face-lift

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is moving forward next month on an extensive and necessary project – resurfacing all 29 dog kennels – and needs the community’s continued support.

Disease control is a major consideration at animal shelters to prevent the spread of harmful and contagious bacteria and viruses. Animal shelters require surfaces that can be cleaned effectively.

“Some of our kennel surfaces are peeling, largely due to dogs scratching or chewing on them,” Animal Care Supervisor Melissa Sheldon said. “Bacteria and viruses can adhere to the openings and pass disease from dog to dog.”

The project is expected to take 28 days. During that time, only half of the dog kennels may be used while the other half is worked on, which means a maximum of 12-14 dogs can be housed without doubling up. That’s where community support comes in.

“It is crucial that people continue to adopt and work with us on strays and surrenders, so that we don’t have more dogs than we can safely handle,” Sheldon said.

The resurfacing project is being largely funded by donations to the animal shelter over the past few years. Donations will cover 60 percent of the cost, while the City will cover the remainder.

“We are beyond grateful for the incredible support of all the animal lovers in our community,” Animal Services Manager April Haughey said.

The resurfacing project coincides with the Clear The Shelter campaign, a national campaign that encourages people to adopt from their local shelters in an effort to “clear the shelters.”

This year, the campaign will be a month-long virtual adoption campaign to prioritize shelter and adopter safety during the pandemic. Animal lovers can donate to individual shelters at cleartheshelters.com through a partnership with greatergood.org. Clear The Shelters is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is the open-intake municipal shelter for Georgetown and has been serving the community since the 1970s. It recently celebrated its fifth consecutive year of achieving a live outcome rate above 90 percent, which means it is considered a no-kill shelter.

Rescue at the Ranch on March 17 (canceled)

Update: March 14, 2020: This event has been canceled due to Coronavirus concerns in the region.

Come meet dogs up for adoption from the Georgetown Animal Shelter and check out the Garey Park Dog Ranch at the same time during the Rescue at the Ranch event 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. March 17.

Tuesday is the perfect time to explore all that Garey Park has to offer, including the Dog Ranch, a 4.5-acre of fenced natural space dog park, and maybe you’ll find your next canine companion to take on future outings.

There is no entry fee to Garey Park on Tuesday as part of the park’s free Tuesdays through the end of March.

For more information about the Dog Ranch, visit parks.georgetown.org/gareypark/park-features.

New pet for Christmas? Here’s what you need to know

Did Santa bring you a new puppy or kitten for Christmas? Here are some important things to remember when caring for your new pet.

Leash your pet: Always leash your pet in public. It is against City ordinances for dogs to be at large in the City limits, and for cats that have not been altered or vaccinated to be at large. It is also against City ordinances to chain or tether your dog unless a person is holding the restraint.

License your pet: All dogs and cats that live within the city limits are required to have an annual city license. The City’s pet license requirement help keep rabies under control by enforcing the rabies vaccination requirements. The cost of a license is $5 for animals that are spayed or neutered or $20 for unaltered animals. For residents age 65 and older, the license is free if the pet is spayed or neutered. Free licenses are limited to one per person.                                    

Take care after your pet: You may not allow an animal to damage private property other than the owner’s property. Pick up after your pet by immediately removing any waste on public or private property and properly disposing of it. Free roaming cats that cause a nuisance while off their owner’s property can be impounded and their owner can be fined.

Learn more about Georgetown’s animal-related ordinances at pets.georgetown.org/overview/ordinances.

About the Georgetown Animal Shelter

The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive. The shelter is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. The shelter offers animal control and adoption services, as well as various programs throughout the year, including low-cost immunization and sterilization clinics, citywide dog and cat licensing, and adoption events. For more information, visit pets.georgetown.org.

Keep your pets safe this holiday season

With the holidays quickly approaching, the Georgetown Animal Shelter wants to remind everyone to take special care of their animals this season. With so many visitors, out of town guests, and annual holiday parties, it’s easy to get swept up in merriment and forgo the normal routine. Here are a few tips to keep our furry friends safe this holiday season.

  • When you have guests over, give your pet a safe place to escape the excitement and to prevent door dashing. A safe corner, crate or room also comes in handy during fireworks.
  • Keep people food safely out of reach. Chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and other ingredients are toxic to pets, and many other foods could cause animals to have digestive issues.
  • Don’t leave your pet alone around seasonal decorations. Decorated trees, lit candles, potpourri and holiday plants, such as poinsettias, mistletoe, lilies and holly, are all hazards to pets.

A little bit of planning will save you from worrying during holiday parties and save you from an unplanned trip to the veterinarian.

About the Georgetown Animal Shelter

The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive. The shelter is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. The shelter offers animal control and adoption services, as well as various programs throughout the year, including volunteer opportunities, low-cost immunization and sterilization clinics, citywide dog and cat licensing, and adoption events. For more information, visit pets.georgetown.org.

Animal shelter seeking donations for the holidays

Our furry friends at the Georgetown Animal Shelter want to remind everyone to keep them in mind throughout the holiday season, but especially on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Monetary donations are encourage; however, donated items also help to support the shelter’s animal welfare programs.

For donation ideas, there is an Angel Tree in the shelter lobby with ornaments featuring needed items, such as specialized toys, food, and cleaning products. These items are also featured on the shelter’s Amazon Wish List at tinyurl.com/WoofPurr. A portion of the money you spend on Amazon can also be donated to the shelter by selecting the animal shelter as your designated nonprofit on Amazon Smile.

Beds for dogs are also available to donate a discount to the shelter by visiting kuranda.com/donate and designating the Georgetown Animal Shelter as the recipient.

Other items accepted by the shelter include:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Facial tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • New or used blankets and towels

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive, and is open Mon., Tue., Thu., and Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon-4 p.m. The shelter is closed on Wednesdays for deep cleaning and surgeries.

For more information, including other ways to support our shelter’s furry friends, visit pets.georgetown.org.