You probably know you can adopt a dog or cat at the Austin Humane Society any day of the week. But do you know what else goes on inside the walls of a former bank on Anderson Lane?
Visit on a Tuesday and you’ll see fourth-year veterinary students from Texas A&M honing their skills in the surgery center. For 35 years, a full van has made the round-trip from College Station to Austin so students can learn while helping the homeless pet population.
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Shelter profile: Austin Humane Society
Established: 1952 (no-kill from the beginning)
Where: 124 W. Anderson Lane. Call 646-7387.
Open: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Online: www.austinhumanesociety.org, plus an active Facebook page and @austinhumane on Twitter.
Cost: Fees vary by breed, age and size, and are waived for all dogs and cats older than 5.
Volunteering: Of course! You’ll be asked to make a commitment of two hours a week for three months. Check the website for roles, requirements and getting started.
Needs: Cash – always. Check the website for an updated wish list (such as specific brands of foods and medical supplies). You can even order off the society’s Amazon wish list.
Laundry: Their industrial machines run 12 hours a day.
Adoption advice: “Walk through the door with your heart wide open.” — AHS public relations manager Kelly Hanes.
Event: The human society is hosting a free (donations taken) outdoor screening of “Best in Show” at 6 p.m. Monday (the movie starts at 7:20 p.m.). The event is at the shelter and includes food and music, plus $10 dog, cat and kitten adoptions.
This is the first in a monthly series of profiles of Central Austin shelters and rescue groups. If you have a group to suggest, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more of our pet coverage, go to statesman.com/pets.