The Georgetown Animal Shelter has reached a major milestone by attaining the highest live outcome rate ever achieved by the shelter. In the fiscal year that ended on September 30, the shelter’s live outcome rate was 96 percent for cats and dogs.
In addition, from October 1, 2014 through September 30 this year, the shelter achieved no-kill status in every month with an overall euthanasia rate for cats and dogs of 4 percent. A rate of 10 percent or lower is considered no-kill among animal shelters.
Jackie Carey, animal services manager, says that dogs and cats are euthanized only when they are not adoptable due to serious health problems or behavioral issues that could pose a safety risk. “We don’t euthanize to make an empty cage,” says Carey. The euthanasia rate is down 58 percent this year compared to last year.
Carey cites a number of reasons why they have achieved such a high live outcome rate.
Keeping animals healthy and reducing the spread of disease is a key factor. “We have a really dedicated staff and a super clean facility,” says Carey. “We did not have any major disease outbreaks last year.” Sanitation and disease control procedures are important elements in keeping the animals healthy.
New flooring, paint, and a new cat adoption area also help in the effort to keep the shelter sanitized. “Our shelter smells clean,” says Carey.
The new cat adoption room is a better environment for the cats. “The cats are happier because they are not in cages,” says Carey. “When cats are free to roam in a room and are not confined to a cage, they are happier. They are less stressed and they stay healthier.”
The high adoption rate for cats and dogs is another fundamental component of the high live outcome rate at the shelter. In the 2015 fiscal year there were a record number of adoptions at 1,004, which is an 11 percent increase over the prior year. That included a record 610 cat adoptions, which is a 22 percent increase over the prior year.
A number of efforts contribute to the high adoption rate at the shelter. One is the relationship between the shelter and the PetSmart store at the Wolf Ranch shopping center. The cats in the adoption area at PetSmart tend to get adopted quickly since they have many people seeing them each day. “Jessie Pierce on our staff does a great job of making sure that the adoption enclosures at PetSmart are full,” says Carey.
A second program is a connection with Austin Pets Alive to place feral cats that come to the shelter into adoption as barn cats. “Austin Pets Alive has a larger number of requests for barn cats. When feral cats come to the shelter, we fully vet them so they can go into their barn cat program. It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” says Carey.
A third program has helped boost the adoptions for dogs. This year the shelter instituted a new training regimen for dogs called Dogs Playing for Life. In the program the shelter technicians and volunteers use a trained helper dog when they work with the dogs in the play yard at the shelter. “We put them into play groups and help them learn new play manners,” says Carey. “A dog may be aggressive in a cage, but if you socialize them with other dogs and teach them how to play, then they learn how to play well with other dogs.”
Carey says that recently one dog that came to the shelter was very aggressive toward other dogs. “She was very dog aggressive. But our volunteers and techs worked with her and now she’s fine.”
All of the efforts to boost adoptions of dogs and cats have contributed to the record live outcome rate for 2015.
This was the second year in a row that the shelter has attained the no-kill standard with a live outcome rate of 90 percent or higher.
The Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. 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 online at pets.georgetown.org.
Break open the cat nip and hand out some dog treats. The Georgetown Animal Shelter is celebrating 10 years in its current home on October 17 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Volunteers and staff will offer guided tours and shelter dogs will show off their agility course moves. There will be an Ask the Vet station, story time in the kitten room, refreshments, and a drawing for a $50 PetSmart gift card.
The city shelter moved about 50 yards from its previous location in 2005, thanks to renovations that allowed the shelter to take over a former water utility building. Renovations since then have added dog runs, dog play yards, a surgery room, and community cat rooms, among other improvements.
Jackie Carey, animal services manager since 2010, said “We are eager to show off how ‘fancy’ our shelter is looking these days with the installation of new kennel floors in 2013 and new floors and paint in our administration building in 2014. We hear so often how great, friendly, and odor-free our shelter is—a testament to our dedicated staff of employees and volunteers!”
- Saving 95 percent of all animals that passed through the shelter since October 1, 2014, by adopting them out, returning them to owners, or transferring them to rescue groups.
- Maintaining the “no-kill” status (defined as euthanizing fewer than 10 percent of adoptable animals).
- Silver Medal, Best Place to Volunteer in 2014 and 2012
- Invited consultation by the Humane Society of the United States and implemented recommendations.
Come celebrate our 10th anniversary in our newly renovated building and see what donations and tax dollars can accomplish in a well-managed shelter!
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 email@example.com or online at pets.georgetown.org.
The Georgetown Animal Shelter is conducting another walk-in low-cost vaccination clinic for cats and dogs. It will be Saturday, September 26, 8:30-11 a.m. 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, TX 78626. You do not have to live in Georgetown to participate.
DHPP Combo $10 (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parafluenza, Parvo)
Bordetella $5 (Kennel cough)
FVRCP Combo $10 (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
The date of the next clinic is Saturday, November 19, 2015.
The Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive next to the McMaster Athletic Fields. The shelter’s web page is pets.georgetown.org.
The 16th annual Georgetown Animal Shelter Garage Sale is Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19. The sale is at the former public library at 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
The annual sale is a benefit organized by the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter. All proceeds benefit animals at the Georgetown Animal Shelter.
Note that the sale will be held at the former library at 808 MLK Street, not at the Community Center as in past sales.
At the sale this weekend look for new or gently-used furniture, decorator items, bicycles, antiques, and collector items.
The last chance to donate items for the sale is on Wednesday, September 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring donations to the front door of the former Georgetown public library building at 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. Donations of new or gently-used furniture, decorative items, bicycles, antiques, and collectibles are encouraged. Clothing, televisions, and computers are not accepted.
Contact the Animal Shelter by phone at (512) 930-3592 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Starting 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 email@example.com. 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.
Maybe it hasn’t been 40 days and 40 nights of rain, but it feels like it at the Georgetown Animal Shelter.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets 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.
“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.
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!
“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.
Originally 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.