Austin Animal Center


Austin Animal Center, the largest municipal animal shelter in Central Texas, provides shelter to 18,000 animals annually and services to Austin/Travis County. This facility accepts stray and owned animals regardless of age, health, species or breed.
7,883 People | 41,763 Impacts | 162,085 Hours | 4,408,722 Total Economic Impact

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Hi volunteers! Does anyone live (or know anyone who does) close to the Waller County Animal Center in Hempstead? A neighbor found two gorgeous, friendly medium/large male dogs while working and they are currently at Waller County. If they aren't claimed tomorrow, they will be put down. I can't make the trip out in the next day, unfort, so hoping for a hero to help save these two precious boys!
Hi Sara, are you on the FB group? I recommend posting this on that forum. This one doesn't get as much traffic as the Facebook group. I'm sorry I can't help rescue these babies! — Lorian Epstein Lorian Epstein on June 3, 2016
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Hi all –

Mark Sloat has been selected as the Field Services Program Manager. Among other responsibilities, this newly established position will help seamlessly integrate outreach and Animal Protection programs and services to best serve the community. He will start in this new role on June 12.

Dave Ackerman, Animal Protection Senior Officer, will serve in an acting Animal Protection Supervisor role. He will work with Mark and April over the next two weeks to make this transition as smooth as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thank you,

Lee Ann Shenefiel,
Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer
Austin Animal Center
7201 Levander Loop, Building A
Austin, TX 78702
Staff & Volunteers,

I am pleased to announce Mike Gillis has been selected as the new Administrative Manager (Animal Care Operations Manager).

Mike comes to us with a wealth of experience in leadership and management. He served in the Marine Corps for more than 20 years and then worked at the director of operations for a large social services agency serving developmentally disabled adults. He eventually returned to the defense industry, serving as a senior manager for 14 years. He holds two master’s degrees: one in information systems and one in organizational management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Mike has been actively volunteering and fostering for pug rescue in his home in San Diego, California since 1994 and is a lifelong animal lover. He is relocating to the area from San Diego.

Mike will begin on Monday, May 30 and his office will be Ginger’s former office space. He will initially be managing the animal care and behavior team and will eventually be managing at least one additional team within the shelter after a three to five month orientation period.

Please welcome Mike to our team when you see him!

Kristen Auerbach
Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer
Austin Animal Center, City of Austin
Please see this excellent article on writing bios for the animals to help promote them to visitors when you aren't at the shelter to do it yourself!

Thanks, Sarah
Hello Everyone,

Because we’re so full, we’re starting an adoption special today!

We’re dropping adoption prices today through Sunday May 22nd to $20 for all pets over six months.

We also have a reclaim special, waiving reclaim fees for all spayed and neutered pets. Anyone who lets us spay and neuter their pets upon reclaim will receive a large discount.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Kasey Spain
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
O 512.978.0675 C 817.456.5370

Austin Animal Center
7201 Levander Loop Bldg. A
Austin, Texas 78702
Good morning team!
Please don't forget to wear your volunteer t-shirt and name tag when volunteering. Especially when helping outside of business hours and when taking dogs outside of the facility gates.
Thank you!!
Chameleon training has been posted for May 22nd! Sign up now if you would like to learn how to read animal records in the shelter's database software!
Don't forget that both VCs will be out of office this weekend:
- If you have an emergency, let any staff member know.
- If you have an immediate volunteer program concern contact Chery Henderson on Friday 4/29 or the MOD on Saturday and Sunday.
- If you have a day-to-day concern or question, please write it on the daily communication log or email

thanks all, stay dry!!
I am pleased to announce that Ms. Belinda Hare, will be joining the Animal Services team on April 16 as the Department Executive Assistant.

Ms. Hare joined the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services in 1990 and served as a foster and adoptive home recruiter for Child Protective Services where she used her writing and design skills to find homes for abused and neglected children. In 2009, she retired from the Texas Department of State Health Services after serving as a project manager and the State Disaster Volunteer Coordinator for emergency preparedness and response.

In 2010, Belinda was hired by the City of Austin’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) where she supported that department’s director. She also served as the accreditation manager and helped steer HSEM to national accreditation in 2012, making Austin the first City in Texas to achieve national accreditation in emergency management.

Since September 2012, Belinda has worked as the administrative assistant to Dr. Phil Huang, medical director and health authority for Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services.

Ms. Hare has a deep appreciation and love for nature and all animals. She currently serves as mama to four rescued animals: two dogs, Boudreaux and Molly; and two cats, Lulu and Murphy Sue.

Please join me in making Ms. Hare feel welcomed.

Tawny Hammond
Chief Animal Services Officer
Austin Animal Services
I have recently been injured/surgery on my hand and have an open wound-have to heal it entirely before returning to the shelter--please consider filling my Tuesday am and Sunday large dog walking--should just be a few weeks-Much Thanks