AUSTIN, Texas — Animals always need a home, and this holiday season shelters across Austin want to remind people of the importance of adopting a pet.
Alison Swearingen is the managing manager of the dog space. Austin Pets Alive! (APA!). This year, he said, he’s seen a fair amount of year-round adoptions, but it can be hit or miss when it comes to people bringing them back.
That’s why Swearingen said the shelter prides itself on setting people up for success.
“We always say that for someone to adopt a dog as a gift, it might be a surprise to bring them to the shelter so they can be part of the selection process, making sure that every fit for one,” Swearingen said.
Swearingen adds that there are also short-term options for those who aren’t 100% sure.
“We can do a sleepover, we can do a foster, so we can do whatever kind of thing someone is willing to do with the time commitment,” Swearingen said.
The goal is ultimately to get the dog out of the shelter and into the right homes.
This is a concept Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Also with its best match program. People can visit the site to find dogs that fit their desired profile.
“What we encourage is for people to have an honest and thorough conversation with us so that we can fully understand their lifestyle and make the best choices,” said April Pfeffer, community programs coordinator at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. Help them make it possible.” .
Peffer said the animal shelter has seen an increase in adoptions within the past week, but when it comes to returns, she said that’s just “part of the business.” But he noted that the shelter also has a booster incentive program, which was just introduced. A person can adopt a dog for three weeks, and in return that person can receive a gift card.
“Some people don’t necessarily think about certain aspects of life when they make this choice, but more often than not, people are happy to have these beloved family members at home with them,” Pfeffer said.
But if you’re ready to make the commitment, Peffer just hopes she can ease the minds of new pet owners.
“We are thrilled that families are getting new loving family members to help them celebrate the holidays,” Pfeffer said.
The William County Animal Regional Center has a special through the end of the month. According to Pfeffer, there is currently a $2 adoption fee, which comes with all vaccinations depending on age and includes animals that are spayed or neutered. Generally, the adoption fee for dogs is $75. Cats are up for adoption for $75.
Currently, the animal center has 254 dogs and 23 cats available for adoption. Pfeffer also said they also have two guinea pigs and two rabbits available.
APA! His fees vary, he told KVUE. Puppies are $250, while adult dogs are $175. Fees are waived for senior dogs. Currently, she has 200+ dogs and about 25 cats up for adoption.