Georgetown residents: free spay/neuter clinic for cats

The Georgetown Animal Shelter’s free spay/neuter clinic for cats on Saturday, June 24.  The goal of the clinics is to reduce the cat population in Georgetown.  This is the sixth year that the shelter has offered free spay/neuter clinics for cats, and it seems to be making a difference in the number of kittens ending up at the shelter.  It is the final free spay/neuter clinic for the year.

Spay and neuter surgeries and a rabies vaccination will be provided at no charge. Other services available at the clinic include a combo test (feline AIDS/leukemia test) for $20, an FVRCP vaccine for $5, microchip for $10, e-collar for $10, or cat carrier for $5.

Appointments are required for the free clinics, which are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are not necessarily for low-income cat owners. Cats or kittens must be at least three months old.

The clinic is offered only for cats whose owners live in the Georgetown city limits, so bring your driver’s license or other form of ID that shows your current address.

Additionally, the shelter continues to offer low-cost vaccine clinics every few months, which are walk-up clinics for vaccinations only, not spay/neuter surgeries. Dates for the shot clinics can be found at pets.georgetown.org/programs/low-cost-shots-and-neutering/.

Call (512) 930-3592 to schedule your cat for surgery. All spay or neuter surgeries will be done by a licensed veterinarian.

The spay and neuter clinic will be held at the City of Georgetown Animal Shelter at 110 W.L. Walden Drive near the McMaster Athletic Fields. Contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592 or by email at animalsvc@georgetown.org. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org.

Hops for Hounds June 8

Food, pups and drinks are all you need to help raise funds for the Georgetown Animal Shelter.

Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter is hosting another Hops for Hounds event at Rentsch Brewery, located at 2500 NE Inner Loop, on Thursday, June 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, and admission fees and a portion of beverage sales will go toward supporting the animals at the Georgetown Animal Shelter. The venue is child- and dog-friendly so bring the whole pack to enjoy Rentsch’s beautiful new taproom and 5,000-square-foot beer garden and patio.

Ticket fees include admission to this private event. Once in, beer from Georgetown’s first local brewery and delicious cuisine from Jimmy Vega’s Smokehouse food truck will be available to attendees for purchase. Only 250 tickets are available. Shelter T-shirts will also be on sale.

Whether you have adopted from us and want to say hi or you just love hanging out and supporting local businesses for a good cause, grab a friend and join us. (If your friend is canine, they must be leashed.)

Beginning in May, tickets will be available at http://friendsofgtownshelter.org/hops-for-hounds and at the animal shelter at 110 Walden Drive. (across from McMaster Athletic Fields). Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, contact the Georgetown Animal Shelter at (512) 930-3592 or animalsvc@georgetown.org.

 

GTX Residents: Free Spay/Neuter Clinic for Cats

Link is a handsome 2-year-old looking for a FURever home.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter’s next free spay/neuter clinic for cats is coming up on Saturday, April 29.  The goal of the clinics is to reduce the cat population in Georgetown.  This is the sixth year that the shelter has offered free spay/neuter clinics for cats, and it seems to be making a difference in the number of kittens ending up at the shelter.  The third and final clinic for this year will be June 24.

Spay and neuter surgeries and a rabies vaccination will be provided at no charge. Other services available at the clinic include a combo test (feline AIDS/leukemia test) for $20, an FVRCP vaccine for $5, microchip for $10, e-collar for $10, or cat carrier for $5.

Appointments are required for the free clinics, which are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are not necessarily for low-income cat owners. Cats or kittens must be at least three months old.

The clinic is offered only for cats whose owners live in the Georgetown City Limits, so bring your driver’s license or other form of ID that shows your current address.

Additionally, the shelter continues to offer low-cost vaccine clinics every few months, which are walk-up clinics for vaccinations only, not spay/neuter surgeries.  Dates for the shot clinics can be found at pets.georgetown.org/programs/low-cost-shots-and-neutering/.

Call (512) 930-3592 to schedule your cat for surgery. All spay or neuter surgeries will be done by a licensed veterinarian.

The spay and neuter clinic will be held at the City of Georgetown Animal Shelter at 110 W.L. Walden Drive near the McMaster Athletic Fields. Contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592 or by email at animalsvc@georgetown.org. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org.

Bat found in north Georgetown tests positive for rabies

A downed bat that was found on Thursday in an outdoor area on private property on the north side of Georgetown has tested positive for rabies. The dead bat was found on property in the 2100 block of N. Austin Avenue.

A resident reported the bat to Georgetown Animal Services on Thursday afternoon. An animal control officer retrieved the bat and took it to the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin for testing. Positive rabies virus results on the bat were reported to Animal Services late in the afternoon yesterday.

Animal control does not know if any people or pets were in contact with the bat, but is notifying those in the vicinity. In cases where a person or pet may have had contact with a bat, or to report a downed bat, residents should contact Animal Services via the non-emergency 24-hour number for the Georgetown Police Department at (512) 930-3510. An animal control officer will respond to the report. According to Animal Services, bats should not be handled or picked up if found.

For questions or concerns about rabies, contact the Williamson County and Cities Health District at (512) 943-3660. If you have concerns about possible contact with a bat, contact the Health District or your health care provider.

For information about rabies in animals, including signs of rabies, see the Texas Department of State Health Services rabies page at dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/rabies/information/pamphlet.

It is important to protect pets by making sure they have a current rabies vaccination. The Georgetown Animal Shelter is hosting a low-cost vaccine clinic on Saturday, May 20, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

For more information, contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592. The Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive near the McMaster Athletic Complex.

Bats test positive for rabies

A bat found in Georgetown on March 23 has tested positive for rabies. The bat was collected by Georgetown Animal Services at Pickett Elementary School.

The bat was sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin for testing. Positive rabies virus results were indicated late in the day Friday, March 24, and notices were posted at the school on Monday, March 27.

Another bat collected at a nearby residence March 19 tested positive for rabies on March 21.

Animal control officers do not believe that any people or pets have been exposed to rabies from the bats. However, it is important to protect pets by making sure they have a current rabies vaccination.

“Not all downed bats have rabies and not all rabid bats appear sick,” said Kelly Thyssen, animal control officer with the Georgetown Police Department. “If you find a bat, especially if it is inside your home, in an area that a child has access to, in a room with a sleeping person, or if your pet potentially had contact with it, please call us.” Bats are wild animals and should never be handled, Thyssen said.

To report a bat or other animal that you believe may have rabies, call the 24-hour number for the Georgetown Police Department at (512) 930-3510. An animal control officer will respond to the report.

For questions or concerns about rabies, contact the Williamson County and Cities Health District at (512) 943-3660. If you have concerns about possible contact with a bat, contact the Health District or your health care provider.

For information about rabies in animals, see the Texas Department of State Health Services rabies page at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/rabies/information/pamphlet.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is hosting a low-cost vaccine clinic on Saturday, May 20, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. For more information, contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592. The Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive.

GTX Residents: Free Spay/Neuter Clinic for Cats

Thomas is a sweet mellow kitten looking for a forever home.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is again holding three free spay/neuter clinic for cats this spring – February 25, April 29, and June 24. The goal of the clinics is to reduce the cat population in Georgetown.  This is the sixth year that the shelter has offered free spay/neuter clinics for cats, and it seems to be making a difference in the number of kittens ending up at the shelter.

Spay and neuter surgeries and a rabies vaccination will be provided at no charge. Other services available at the clinic include a combo test (feline AIDS/leukemia test) for $20, an FVRCP vaccine for $5, microchip for $10, e-collar for $10, or cat carrier for $5.

Appointments are required for the free clinics, which are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are not necessarily for low-income cat owners. Cats or kittens must be at least three months old.

The clinic is offered only for cats whose owners live in the Georgetown City Limits, so bring your driver’s license or other form of ID that shows your current address.

Additionally, the shelter continues to offer low-cost vaccine clinics every few months, which are walk-up clinics for vaccinations only, not spay/neuter surgeries.  Dates for the shot clinics can be found at pets.georgetown.org/programs/low-cost-shots-and-neutering/.

Call (512) 930-3592 to schedule your cat for surgery. All spay or neuter surgeries will be done by a licensed veterinarian.

The spay and neuter clinic will be held at the City of Georgetown Animal Shelter at 110 W.L. Walden Drive near the McMaster Athletic Fields. Contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592 or by email at animalsvc@georgetown.org. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org.

Animal Shelter: Bring Your Pets Indoors

dog of week 12-01-12-250With an arctic front bearing down on Texas, the Georgetown Animal Shelter wants to remind everyone to take special care of their animals this winter.

The best thing to do is to keep pets indoors during bad weather.  In addition to cold temperatures, the wind chill is dangerous, and pets can suffer hypothermia and frostbite.

For dogs and cats that are left outside all the time, make sure to provide a dry, draft-free shelter that is small enough to hold body heat and large enough for them to lie down. The shelter should have supplemental bedding or auxiliary heat and protection from wind and rain.

“We hope people will take good care of their cats and dogs and other animals because it is the right thing to do, but they should also remember animal neglect or cruelty is a citable offence,” according to shelter manager Jackie Carey.

cat Condilou 3-2-16If you notice a pet in the city limits of Georgetown that is not being properly sheltered, you can report the details to animal control by calling the police dispatcher at 512-930-3510, ext. 6.  (Outside the city limits, contact Williamson County Animal Control.)

For questions, contact the Georgetown Animal Shelter at 512-930-3592 or animalsvc@georgetown.org. The shelter is located at 110 WL Walden Dr. in Georgetown, and their web address is pets.georgetown.org.

Georgetown Animal Shelter Opens Catio

catio-2Cats in Georgetown are purring their pleasure at their new digs.  The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is having a ribbon-cutting on Saturday, October 29, to celebrate the opening of the Judith Shirven Catio, a newly constructed screened porch for cats.  The ribbon-cutting by Mayor Dale Ross will be at 1:00 p.m. at the Animal Shelter, with tours and cake offered from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Shirven was an early supporter of and volunteer for the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter, which formed in 2010 to raise funds for the City animal shelter.  Shirven moved to Georgetown in 1999 after living for many years in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts.  A weaver and crafter, she was also an advocate for animals and left a portion of her estate to the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter to be used for cats.  She died in 2013, leaving behind two daughters and other family.

The Shirven Catio greatly enhances the lives of cats at the shelter by giving them time outdoors in a safe environment, reducing stress and the potential for illness, and giving them mental and physical stimulation. In addition to the construction of the catio, the $75,000 estate gift allowed for the purchase of elaborate cat furniture – specially designed for cats’ needs and ease of cleaning – as well as glass walls for the cat community rooms and air purifiers.

The Animal Shelter, which is an open admission municipal shelter, recently achieved no-kill status for the second fiscal year in a row, with a save rate of 93.5 percent.  Notably, the shelter returned as many dogs to their owners as they adopted out last year.

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

Hops for Hounds Oct. 20

todd-bestAle for Australian Shepherds? Beer for Beagles? How about Hops for Hounds?

Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter is hosting another Hops for Hounds event at Rentsch Brewery on Thurs., Oct. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $5 per person, and admission fees and a portion of the sales will go toward supporting the animals at the Georgetown Animal Shelter. The venue is kid and dog friendly so bring the whole pack!

The $5 ticket gets you exclusive admission into this private event, and you pay for your own beer and food. Only 120 tickets are available.

You’ll enjoy:
*Beer from Georgetown’s first, local brewery
*Delicious cuisine from Sweet and Cheesy food trailer
*Shelter t-shirts for purchase
*Fun times with friends, family and furry critters

Whether you have adopted from us and want to say hi or you just love hanging out and supporting local businesses for a good cause, grab a friend and join us. (If your friend is canine, he must be leashed.)

Tickets are available at http://friendsofgtownshelter.org/hops-for-hounds/ and at the animal shelter at 110 Walden Dr. (across from McMaster Athletic Fields). Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Rentsch Brewery is located at 2500 NE Inner Loop in Georgetown.

For questions, contact the Georgetown Animal Shelter at 512-930-3592 or animalsvc@georgetown.org.

 

Two Bats Test Positive for Rabies

Two bats found in Georgetown last week have tested positive for rabies. Both bats were collected by Georgetown Animal Services on the north side of downtown.

The bats collected on September 7 and on September 9 were each sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin for testing. Positive rabies virus results were indicated this week.

Animal control officers do not believe that any people have been exposed to rabies from the bats. However, it is important to protect pets by making sure they have a current rabies vaccination.

“Not all sick bats have rabies and not all rabid bats appear sick,” says Kelly Thyssen, animal control officer with the Georgetown Police Department. “If you find a bat, especially if it is inside your home, in an area that a child has access to, in a room with a sleeping person, or if your pet potentially had contact with it, please call us.”

To report a bat or other animal that you believe may have rabies, call the 24-hour number for the Georgetown Police Department at (512) 930-3510. An animal control officer will respond to the report.

For information about rabies in animals, see the Texas Department of State Health Services rabies page at www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/rabies/information/pamphlet.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is hosting a low-cost vaccine clinic on September 24. Contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592 to make an appointment at the clinic. The Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive.