Forget SXSW. Austin Animal Center is hosting Dog by DogWest this month


L.L. Drool J. Lady Paw-Paw. The Austin Animal Center is about to be a happening place.

That’s because the center is making sure the two weekends of South by Southwest this year are a really good time to take home that shelter pup you’ve been meaning to rescue, and not just because there will be live music. 

In the spirit of the festival, the Austin Animal Center is hosting an adoption event, Dog by DogWest, on March 10 and 17 that will make the adoptions of more than 200 dogs completely free. (The adoption fee is normally $75.)

But that’s not all: Dog by DogWest is also going to offer a lot of free swag to the adopted pups and adoptive parents. Designated VIP dogs will come with a complementary supply of goods. Platinum pups will go home with a free crate, harness, bag of food and ID tags. And a Gold dog, according to the center, will receive a free bag of food, a harness, ID tags and potentially other goodies.

It’s truly a SXSW-style festival. Although the adoption fee is only being waived the two Saturdays of SXSW, Dog by DogWest will run throughout the week and have pop-up events, live music, interactive info booths and more. 

Here’s a sampling of what’s to come.

“Special performances by playgroup rock stars Linkin Bark and Aerosniff will start at 10 a.m. on March 10,” according to the Austin Animal Center. “Appearances will also be made by Bark Zuckerberg, Lady Paw-Paw, Ruth Bader Ginsbark, and Elon Husky, with rumored pop-ins from A-fleas Ansari, L.L. Drool J, Sophia Vergrrra, Tina Spay and more.”

Umm, those platinum-level puns alone should have you wanting to make a visit to the center next week and maybe even find the rescue pup of your dreams.

To stay tuned about the details of Dog by Dogwest, visit facebook.com/AustinAnimalCenter.

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