Friends of the Austin Animal Center supports Austin Animal Center and shelter pets with outreach and programs designed to remove barriers to adoption, help responsible owners keep their pets, improve quality of life, and support the foster and volunteer network around AAC.
Recent assistance includes:
**Specialist, emergency medical care for several accident and neglect cases
**Medical care and support for at-need families to enable adopted pets to stay in their homes
**Foster training to help fosters improve behavior management skills and increase the number of foster homes
**Shelter improvements: new solar-activated lights, improved kennel flaps to enhance climate control and animal comfort, improved kennel shade solutions
**Emergency transport and placement for several at-risk pets
**GPS tracking devices for shy dogs in foster (these guys tend to bolt!)
**Technology donations (new rugged laptops) for playgroups that have allowed staff to input notes in real-time and increase the number of weekly playgroups by 30%
Needs StatementWe are constantly expanding our programs to help as many animals at the shelter as possible. With your support, we can help even more, do even more, and save even more. Key focus areas for 2018 include:
Dog walking program -- Program assistance to support the goal that every sheltered dog gets at least one daily walk. Regular walks provide exercise, socialization, and stress relief that improves quality of life and helps shelter pups find loving adoptive homes.
Improved housing and play structures -- to better house, entertain, and showcase sheltered pets. Priorities include additional shade structures, outdoor lighting, and cat housing/play structures.
Enhanced programs to help pets find and stay in responsible adopted homes -- by providing assistance to volunteers, fosters, and at-need families. Programs range from identifying and negotiating pet-friendly rental options, to emergency veterinary care, to awareness and education about animal welfare, spay neuter, vaccination, and chip availability. Friends works to find creative, cost-effective solutions that positively impact the lives of Austin's pets and pet-loving community.
The volunteers who worked to get little Zeus the chance he deserved are so grateful to Friends for making this possible. As the saying goes, "Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever." Thank you, Friends, for saving Zeus.
Thank you for donating the solar lights & to wonderful AAC employee Jordan who placed the work order!
When Klaus came to Austin Animal Center he had been trapped in a junkyard. He was covered in motor oil and tar, he was emaciated, and severely diabetic and in a life-threatening state called Ketoacidosis.
Support from from the Friends of AAC program Paw Aid helped Klaus get the treatment he needed, including ongoing insulin and much-needed dental surgery. Klaus lived out his life pain-free, and completely loved by his foster mom and attending vet.
From dog walking to cat cuddling, to all sorts of tasks such as grant writing, events, fundraising, bookkeeping, communications, and marketing -- we couldn't do it without our awesome volunteers. To chat about your interests and how to get started, email us at info@FriendofAAC.org. We can't wait to hear from you!