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.

Animal Shelter Garage Sale Sept. 23 – 24

dog of week 12-01-12-250The 17th annual Garage Sale to benefit the Georgetown Animal Shelter is September 23 – 24 at the Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park. The annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter.

Sale hours on Friday and Saturday are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. There is no admission fee.

This year the sale involves renting booth spots in the Community Center at which people will be able to sell their items. Booths are available in three different sizes at prices of $25, $35, and $50. Go to the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter website at FriendsOfGtownShelter.org for details or to download a booth rental form. The booth reservation deadline is September 8.

The booth fee benefits the Georgetown Animal Shelter. The Animal Shelter will not be collecting items prior to the sale this year.

Contact the Animal Shelter at (512) 930-3592 or 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.

Animal Shelter Seeks Garage Sale Vendors

For its 17th annual garage sale, the City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is doing things a little differently – hosting spots for other people to sell their treasures.

“Instead of taking donated items and selling them ourselves in the garage sale, we will be offering spots to people who want to sell their own items,” shelter manager Jackie Carey says. “We were struggling to find a place to store donated goods for the two months leading up to the garage sale, so we had to come up with an alternate plan.”

The shelter is selling up to 57 vendor spaces of varying size and location.

  • 8’ x 8’, indoors, $50
  • 8’ x 5’, indoors, $35
  • 18’ x 6’ spot, outdoors shaded, $35
  • 18’ x 6’ spot, outdoors unshaded, $25

There will be 46 indoor spots, most of them 8’ x 8’, and 11 outdoor spots. The outdoor spaces will be on the enclosed patio.  Eight-foot tables may be rented for $10.  Vendors will set up their spots on Thursday, September 22, the day preceding the two-day garage sale.

Sign up to be a vendor and read more details at www.friendsofgtownshelter.org. Reservations must be finalized by September 8.

“I think it will be attractive to people to have a guaranteed spot in a secure, air-conditioned location, and benefit from the name recognition of the shelter’s garage sale,” Carey says.

The garage sale, a benefit organized by the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter, will be held Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Community Center in San Gabriel Park.  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.

Low Cost Vaccination Clinic for Pets

cat 2-6-16 CanklefritzThe Georgetown Animal Shelter will conduct another low-cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, July 30, 8:30-11 a.m.  The walk-in clinic is for cats and dogs.  Help protect your pet from diseases they can pick up outside!

Pets may also get a FREE microchip with the purchase of any vaccine. No appointments. Cash or check only. The shelter is located at 110 WL Walden Dr., Georgetown, next to the McMaster Athletic Fields.

Dog Vaccines:
Rabies $5
DHPP Combo $10 (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parafluenza, Parvo)
Bordetella $5 (Kennel cough)

Cat Vaccines:
Rabies $5
FVRCP Combo $10 (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)

All dogs must be on a leash and cats should be in a carrier.  Payment is by cash or check only. (Debit or credit cards not accepted.)

The shelter has committed to offer several more low-cost clinics this fiscal year. The dates of the next clinics are:

  • Saturday, September 24, 2016
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016

For more information, 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.

GTX Residents: Free Spay/Neuter Clinic for Cats

cat of the week 11-21-15 cooperThe Georgetown Animal Shelter is conducting its third and final free spay/neuter clinic for cats on June 25. The goal of the clinics is to reduce the cat population in Georgetown.  This is the fifth 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, pain medication for $5, 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.

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic for Pets

dog 2-10-16 DawnThe Georgetown Animal Shelter will conduct another low-cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 28, 8:30-11 a.m.  The walk-in clinic is for cats and dogs.  Help protect your pet from diseases they can pick up outside!

Pets may also get a FREE microchip with the purchase of any vaccine. No appointments. Cash or check only. The shelter is located at 110 WL Walden Dr., Georgetown, next to the McMaster Athletic Fields.

Dog Vaccines:
Rabies $5
DHPP Combo $10 (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parafluenza, Parvo)
Bordetella $5 (Kennel cough)

Cat Vaccines:
Rabies $5
FVRCP Combo $10 (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)

All dogs must be on a leash and cats should be in a carrier.  Payment is by cash or check only. (Debit or credit cards not accepted.)

The shelter has committed to offer several more low-cost clinics this fiscal year. The dates of the next clinics are:

  • Saturday, July 30, 2016
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016

For more information, 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.

 

National Women Build Week

On Wednesday, May 4, a group of female officers and civilian employees with the Georgetown Police Department will volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) home in Georgetown as part of Habitat’s National Women Build Week.

This is the second year that the Georgetown Police Department will participate.  Almost twenty volunteers will help build a home in Georgetown.  The group is also fundraising for HFHWC to help support future home builds in Williamson County.

National Women Build Week, a weeklong event created by Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, challenges participants to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women.

Police Chief Wayne Nero is proud of his department’s efforts. “Several times a year, women from our department get together for professional development. At least once per year they identify a project in which they can engage our community,” Nero said.

“This year, they again are working with the Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County in honor of National Women Build Week. They will be providing sweat equity for a local affordable housing project and have also engaged in some traditional fundraising for Habitat. I am extremely proud of the women in the Georgetown Police Department and am proud to be their Chief.”

Founded in 1999, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County brings communities and people together to create and sustain home ownership opportunities in Williamson County. Habitat has worked with more than 15,000 volunteers and community donors to help 70 families (with their 165 children) become homeowners in Leander, Georgetown, Round Rock, Taylor, and Jarrell.

GTX Residents: Free Spay/Neuter for Cats

cat Condilou 3-2-16The Georgetown Animal Shelter is conducting the second of three free spay/neuter clinic for cats on April 30. The goal of the clinics is to reduce the cat population in Georgetown.  This is the fifth 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, pain medication for $5, 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 third free spay/neuter clinic for cats will be June 25.

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.

“Pets Are Worth Saving” Stickers Alert First Responders

PAWS logo less white space If your house was on fire and you weren’t there, would firefighters know about your dogs or cats in order to try to rescue them?

Or if you had a medical emergency and weren’t able to communicate, would EMS know to look for any pets to make sure someone takes care of them while you’re at the hospital?

Georgetown Police and Georgetown Animal Services recently introduced a new program called “Please PAWS: Pets Are Worth Saving,” designed to make sure your pets are rescued if there is an emergency. A sticker with a red stop sign and the “Please PAWS” symbol on it in a front window alerts emergency officials that you have a pet in your home.

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that one out of four people in the United States own at least one dog. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that police and other first responders encounter an animal on one out of every three calls, whether stray animals or owned pets.

“We had a situation a while back where a woman was transported to a local hospital and admitted,” says Capt. Evelyn McLean with the Georgetown Police Department. “We were unaware that the woman had two dogs crated in her garage until a neighbor called a couple of days later saying she could hear the dogs. If she had a PAWS sticker displayed, we may have located the dogs the night she was transported and we could have made arrangements with Animal Services to care for the dogs.”

The stickers also can serve to alert police officers responding to a residence so that they know of any animals they may encounter if they enter the home. Awareness of animals can lower the risk of bad outcomes from an animal that might be threatened by a stranger entering the home.

The “Please PAWS: Pets Are Worth Saving” stickers are an effort initiated by Capt. McLean and Animal Control Officer Kelly Thyssen. “We believe that a first responder’s heightened awareness of pets, especially canines, in a home will hopefully decrease negative and potentially dangerous encounters,” says Thyssen.

The Please PAWS stickers are available for no charge at the Georgetown Public Safety Operation and Training Center, the Georgetown Animal Shelter, and directly from animal control officers in the field.

The City of Georgetown Police Department is located at Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 DB Wood Road, which is next to Fire Station 5.  Contact the department at (512) 930-3510 or by email at pd@georgetown.org.

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. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org.