Buzz is the Best: Adopt a Jolly Chubster

Buzz is a joyful meatball awaiting adoption at Austin Animal Center. He spends almost all his time in a concrete kennel, but remains overwhelmingly positive and affectionate.

Buzz’s goofy-yet-earnest personality earned him many fans at a recent We Are Austin appearance. He met at least 15 new people and was friendly and relaxed with all. Buzz was also a perfect passenger in the car. This rotund cuddler has been at the shelter since May, but it doesn’t seem to have diminished his sunny disposition.

Do yourself a favor and bring this rotund cuddler home for the new year. He’s in kennel 39 at AAC, 7201 Levander Loop, open 11am until 7pm every day.

Please Help! Austin Animal Center is WAY Over Capacity.

Austin Animal Center is in crisis mode. As of midday Saturday, the shelter was NEGATIVE 58 dog kennels. They are keeping dogs in pop-up crates in conference rooms, hallways, offices, and out on the truck port. And Saturday’s heavy rain only means they are going to get MORE dogs in, as they always do after a storm. AAC is your city open-intake shelter, and they need help! If you’ve got a spare bedroom, office, or animals who aren’t picky about sharing their space, you can foster.

This is so stressful on the animals. The dogs deserve better. If you’re an animal lover, it’s time to walk the talk! Each open kennel is precious real estate right now. If you can just foster for even two weeks, that would give some breathing room. You don’t even have to apply — they are doing emergency fosters right now, which means you just need to show up with an ID.

Here’s a video of all the overflow pets crated in a conference room:

Please keep Austin no-kill by fostering or adopting. You can check out available pets here:


Looking for an Austin Apartment That Allows Any Dog Breed?

Finding a quality apartment to rent in Austin (or any city) can be challenging when you have a chow chow, doberman, “pit bull”, rottweiler, german shepherd, or any other breed banned by many complexes.

As a longtime volunteer at Austin Animal Center, I often hear customers say they would like to adopt one of our many “pit bull” type dogs, but can’t because of landlord breed restrictions. Letting adopters know about places they can live with any breed is essential to finding families for our long-stay shelter pups.

Since July 2016, I’ve lived with my Staffordshire Terrier mix, Felix, at Tramor at the Arboretum. I highly recommend the complex for those looking to rent with their dog of any breed. Tramor did not ask me to write this review, but I’m  thankful for their informed pet policy, and hope other apartment companies follow their lead.

The complex has a small dog park where pups of all breeds and sizes play peacefully. It’s encouraging to see so many responsible guardians of “power breeds” caring for their well-behaved dogs, many of which were adopted from a shelter. Living here feels like a being part of a supportive, dog-loving community.

Tramor has properties throughout Austin, and all of them allow well-behaved dogs of any type. They seem to understand that the deed not the breed should be the focus. Tramor at the Arboretum has some of the best apartments reviews I’ve seen on Yelp or, so clearly I’m one of many who has had a great experience.

To find other places in Austin rent with your dog of any breed, check out Love-A-Bull’s housing resource here.

Bull Creek Greenbelt hiking is near Tramor at the Arboretum.

Beyond the Easter Bunny: Rabbits Are a BIG Responsibility

For two months, I’ve fostered a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit named Rhubarb for the Austin Animal Center. He was only two months old when he was brought to the shelter, and needed a foster until he could be neutered at four months. I have extensive experience with horses, dogs, and cats, so thought that caring for a rabbit couldn’t be too difficult.

I was wrong.

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Rhubarb was never afraid of Felix the Pittie despite their natural status as predator and prey.

Because they are so cute, I assumed rabbits would be cuddly creatures. However, Rhubarb did not like being held, which I learned is because (unlike dogs and cats) rabbits are prey animals, and being held makes them feel too vulnerable.

Because they seem placid, I assumed rabbits wouldn’t be destructive. Then Rhubarb rapidly chewed through three of my cables, which weren’t cheap to replace. Perhaps this is why so many bunnies end up spending most of their time bored in hutches rather than getting the enrichment they need to thrive.

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Rhubarb wears a harness like a boss and gets ready to wow the masses on Fox’s Pet of the Week segment.

Because they are small, I assumed rabbits are weak. Then I experienced the surprising strength of Rhubarb’s back legs as he tried to jump out of my arms – an event I didn’t let happen because of  how easily a rabbit can break his spine.

Yikes. No wonder it’s estimated that 80 percent of rabbits obtained as Easter Bunny presents are relinquished to shelters. It seems that too many of us are distracted by the wiggle-nosed, plush-toy appearance of rabbits before doing research on what it takes to successfully care for them.

All these topics and more were covered in Rhubarb’s Pet of the Week spot on Fox News. Outfitted in a harness to ensure he wouldn’t break free and chew through all the wires in the studio, Rhubarb charmed the anchors whom he allowed to hold him during the spot. This dapper little dude is available for adoption: he’s litter box trained, and well-socialized with cats, dogs and supervised toddlers. Contact if you’d like to meet him.

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Fox Anchor Ann Wyatt with Rhubarb, looking for SomeBunny to love.

Looking for a Couch Cuddling Companion?

Teddy is a snuggly goober awaiting adoption at Austin Animal Center. He isn’t the biggest fan of other pups, though, so won’t be a good fit for those hoping to head to the dog park. He is, however, the perfect Netflix Marathon watching buddy as he LOVES couch cuddling. This guy made his TV debut on Fox News this morning and was a huge ham! See his spot here.


Age is Nothing but a Number

Herbie is a lovebug adopted from Austin Animal Center 13 years ago when he was a wee pup. Sadly, his owner when into hospice, so Herbie finds himself back at the shelter during his Golden Years when he should be lounging happily with his family. But Herbie seems to be taking his misfortune in stride, and has exhibited nothing but perfect behavior at shelter. He’s potty trained, calm, gentle, good with kids, and basically just a push-button dream dog. Don’t let his Canine AARP status deter you from adopting this great guy – it’s the quality of your time together, not the quantity. For more information on the grandeur of older pups, check out Classic Canines.

Watch Herbie being a chill superstar on Fox News this morning by clicking on the image below!