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Austin humane society

124 west anderson lane
Austin, TX 78752
512-646-7387
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User Reviews (105)

  • 1. Just Visiting

    by: breathlessconni

    Before I went to SXSW, I contacted AHS to see if I could take pictures of their animals. My contact was very accomodating before, during & after my visit. The entire staff was very friendly & knowledgeable. It was nice to see that animals in need of love are pretty much the same in NJ & TX (Liberty Humane is my "home" shelter). The facillities are exceptional & the staff seemed very helpful with prospective adopters. If I am ever passing through the area, I will surely pay them another visit. It was a good thing our car was full or I may have been tempted to bring home Tinker :)

    Pros

    Beautiful facilities, friendly staff, cute animals

    Cons

    too far from NJ :(

  • 2. Million

    by: manatee311

    Everyone be sure to vote in 8 days when we make the top10!

    Pros

    great treatment of dogs

    Cons

    none!

  • 3. Adoption Services

    by: JNY

    During a recent visit with friends to help them adopt a pair of puppies, staff were helpful and knowledgeable. The process was time consuming. It was difficult because of the space issues with the visitation area and adoption process. Many people wanted to visit other puppies but the lack of visitation rooms or adoption area hindered the process.

    Pros

    Staff and volunteers are hard working and truly care.

    Cons

    Lack of space for adoption services.

  • 4. Great Pets and People

    by: rzsprad

    I adopted Sassy from TLAC (affiliated with AHS) in 2003 and she has been a terrific companion. I wanted to help the shelter with more than just money, so I started fostering puppies. It has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. I could never own as many pups as I've fostered, but I am free to give them all the love I can and help them make a good start in this world. I give a lot of credit to the staff at AHS for working with the volunteers and making it as easy as possible to foster. My goal is to see that every one of my fosters is adopted quickly into a wonderful home.

    Pros

    very helpful, wonderful staff and volunteers

    Cons

    wish it was closer to where I live

  • 5. AHS - Aways Helping to Save

    by: skydog87

    WOW! What a great place to volunteer. I signed up to learn about dogs, help my adopted rescue dog(Shackles) and because just I love animals. I am always in awe of how the staff and volunteers share each day coming up with ideas that make each and every animal as comfortable as possible waiting for their forever home. The minute a new dog arrives a plan is put into place. It's all about giving lots a love to the dogs coming in and sending happy dogs home!

    Pros

    happy,healthy people and animals

    Cons

    none

  • 6. Austin Humane Society Brings Angels into People's Lives

    by: JessicaDogLover

    I adopted my dog Nena from the Austin Humane Society and she is an Angel. My close friend just adopted her dog from there as well. They are so helpful and friendly and knowledgable. When I adopted, the person I worked with made a number of extra calls and provided assurances to my landlord becasue Nena exceeded the required weight by a few pounds. They definitely went the extra mile for me. I love and respect this organization so much that I have signed up for volunteer training and will begin volunteering as soon as I can. Best, Jessica

    Pros

    Excellent, knowlegeable staff, everyone is very caring and helpful

    Cons

    too small, not able to take in enough animals

  • 7. Lead by Example

    by: CPW

    The feral cat program run by Leticia Stivers and the AHS team is TOP NOTCH! Over 5000 cats sterilized in 2008. Dr. Luke and surgical team have a very low surgical loss rate for these numbers and do an outstanding job. The receiving department works closely with not only the public but with rescues and trappers to assist when they can with tame kittens. They have a wonderful foster program. The dogs have great volunteers too and a very well thought out and planned volunteer program. The ED, BOD, Staff and Volunteers are the heart and soul of this facility and daily provide safe haven to hundreds of animals.

    Pros

    Feral cat program, strong community network, Top notch staff

    Cons

    Needs newer digs

  • 8. Fun Times at a Great Place

    by: rocketdog

    I enjoy volunteering at the AHS. The AHS is a place for me to get away from school and work and go make a difference. All of the dogs are great. It is a delight to be around other people that share the same interests as you which is the love of dogs and compassion. I always look forward to going and give my time to a wonderful cause. It is a bittersweet feeling when the dogs get adopted. I hope all the dogs that come to the shelter find a forever home and family that will love them. I am thankful that the AHS exists and hopeful that it will thrive to save more dogs. The animals at the shelter are lucky to have a great group of staff and volunteers. My favorite thing to do with the dogs is take them outside in the field, find a spot under a tree and sit with them and pet them. It is a priceless experience.

    Pros

    Awesome Animals

    Cons

    Dog kennels: need more and better ones

  • 9. Best Austin Shelter

    by: sherrymomof5

    My daughter has been volunteering at this shelter for a few months now and is always beeming when she comes home from spending time with the dogs. This shelter was nice the few times I have visited it, but it is rather small, very loud, and can be depressing due to the dark and crowded room. However, the staff and volunteers are constantly taking care of the dogs and helping people find the right pet. It is nice to see different breeds and sizes of dogs which allows adopters to find the right friend for them.

    Pros

    Wonderful volunteers, caring staff

    Cons

    Little space

  • 10. Best Austin Shelter

    by: Ejuls

    The AHS has to be one of the best shelters out there. As a no kill shelter the staff and volunteers put a lot of effort into keeping the animals at their shelter happy, healthy, and most of all finding them each a forever home, no matter how long it takes. The facility is clean and organized and the staff are knowledgeable and helpful in making sure adopters find the best possible match. The only thing this place needs is more funding to keep on doing what they do best: saving the lives of animals.

    Pros

    Hardworking, caring and knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    None

  • 11. Proud to Support Austin Humane Society

    by: bjt

    Thirteen years ago my family adopted two wonderful cats from the Austin Humane Society. After a couple of years, when they grew out of the very cute kitten stage, my children begged to have more kittens. So we decided to become foster parents for orphan kittens. For at least ten years now we have kittens from March until sometimes January. The whole family gets involved in their care, feeding and fun. We have probably taken care of 100 kittens during that time and feel good about returning them to the shelter for them to find a forever home. Six years ago we had a litter of four kittens and we fell in love with two of them so we adopted them. Thanks to the Austin Humane Society we have our four permanent cats and from time to time our temporary foster kittens.

    Pros

    Only No-Kill Shelter in Austin, Great Staff

    Cons

    Lack of Space at the Shelter

  • 12. Awesome job staff and volunteers do for the animals

    by: anne2003

    I have been volunteering at AHS for 11 years and could not be more proud of the progress I have seen this shelter make in increasing the number of animal lives we save each year (over 3000 in 2008), our training programs for both volunteers and the public, our volunteers who give their heart and soul to the animals in our care and the relationship we have with our incredible staff. We all work so well together to provide the best care possible to the animals in our care. We are truly fortunate to have such great team work with the same goal to save more animal lives. AHS staff and volunteers rock!

    Pros

    Great staff and volunteers with cutting edge training programs

    Cons

    Old shelter in need of serious updating

  • 13. Great place

    by: blueboing

    this place is great. the staff is real helpful when you ask questions about the animals and i love the matching system....so you know the dog personality, like i was looking for an older dog and with a lay back personality and the descriptions on each kennel helped.

    Pros

    very helpful

    Cons

    none

  • 14. I love the Austin Humane Society

    by: IraS

    My wife and I have been volunteering at the Austin Humane Society for about nine years. We both started out as cat socializers (playing with the cats to make them feel better about being cooped up until they are adopted). I am now one of the volunteers who takes pictures of the cats for the web site. The main cat kennels (in the Cattery) have glass fronts so visitors can see the cats, but not annoy them. There are three colony rooms where several cats are housed together and visitors can simply come in and visit with them. There are four visitation rooms where prospective parents can visit with the cat or dog of their choosing to see how they get along. We adopted two of our three (current) cats from the AHS. One of the adoptions was not planned. One afternoon we were socializing with the cats (we already had two) and my wife fell in love with this cute, little, silver-gray kitten. She is now our youngest, and largest, cat, Athena. It is a wonderful experience working with the staff at AHS. They really care for the cats and dogs. Since AHS is a no-kill facility, some of the cats are there for a long time, but, eventually, they all get adopted.

    Pros

    Cats are cared for by the staff and volunteers

    Cons

    Not enough capacity for peak seasons

  • 15. My Favorite Weekend Spot

    by: sharris1102

    I have been volunteering at the Austin Humane Society for 5 years. This is a great group of volunteer and staff. They have wonderful training programs!

    Pros

    Staff and Volunteers

    Cons

    None

  • 16. AHS is the best

    by: cactuscats

    I have had 75 feral cats spayed and neutered at the Austin Humane Society since they started the feral cat program at no cost to me. They rock!

    Pros

    Absolute love of animals

    Cons

    none

  • 17. Bruno

    by: smithkristin

    i really enjoined working w/ the shelter. they did a really great job on returning my calls and working w/ me on bruno heartworm information. they did a great job. thank you!

    Pros

    indoor shelter

    Cons

    need more rooms

  • 18. Best Shelter for a homeless animal!

    by: Peanutbutter6Ruba5

    I started volunteering at the AHS this past November and am very impressed. I was worried that I would feel very sorry for the animals there, but that is not the case. They are each treated as individuals from the moment they arrive and every effort is made to ensure their well-being during their time at the shelter. The public must love this shelter also, because the turnover of animals is incredible. Most do not last very long!

    Pros

    excellent care of animals, excellent training for volunteers, community involvement

    Cons

    need space for small dogs and puppies to run around in.

  • 19. Fantastic Resource for People and Animals in Central Texas

    by: hayesjs

    Although I am not a volunteer and have not adopted from the Austin Humane Society, their facility is clean and well thought out. But they provide a free and fabulous service to the citizens of Central Texas, the spaying and neutering of feral cats. We all know times are tough and the cost of food is more than some caregivers can truly afford. This free service provided by AHS is making all the difference in the world, fixing well over their goal of 5,000 cats for the year, and helping to keep the feral population down. Thanks so much!

    Pros

    Great Shelter

    Cons

    Difficult to get to in traffic

  • 20. Chickpea

    by: jamesjulie

    Thank you all so much for the hard work you do. My husband and I adopted Chickpea (who we've renamed Bella) and we absolutely love her. She's a joy to have in our home and Austin Humane Society will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you!

    Pros

    Wonderful staff, happy animals

    Cons

    None

  • 21. Best socialized cat ever

    by: Friday030

    I adopted my cat Abby here. She was about 5 months old at the time. She was well socialized and quite the cuddler.

    Pros

    Beautiful welcoming space, well treated animals

    Cons

    it's still a shelter

  • 22. Love this place!

    by: Kboz530

    I actually just started volunteering here but I've always been a big fan. The dogs seem so happy and well-cared for...not really what you'd expect from a shelter. I think it's fantastic that there are so many volunteers to walk and play with the dogs and make them feel loved. I personally wish I could take them all home with me but am learning to be content with just loving and caring for them at the shelter. I definitely recommend getting your pets from Austin Humane Society--they're great!

    Pros

    Great dogs who are treated very well!

    Cons

    I can't take ALL of the dogs home with me

  • 23. AHS rocks

    by: izka

    Austin Humane Society is a fantastic addition to the Austin community. This no-kill facility is devoted to helping end animal overpopulation and find homes for those that are adoptable. I use the feral spay/neuter program occassionally and am so grateful to have this service available to me. The staff have been most helpful and very kind and friendly. I do hope this shelter wins the makeover, it will only help the staff do even more for our dogs and cats.

    Pros

    Great staff, great services

    Cons

    could use more space

  • 24. The Tops!

    by: lilmsretta

    The entire staff at the shelter is great! Everyone involved with the feral cat program are some of the hardest working people I know. These guys handle 60+ feral cats at each of their clinics and the cats are always cared for and watched over carefully. It is unreal how fast and efficient the staff at the clinic is. These guys do a wonderful job in accommodating the requests of so many people and always with a smile.

    Pros

    The Staff

    Cons

    No Cons Here

  • 25. Great Place Great People

    by: reiki4paws

    AHS was the first shelter I talked to when I moved to Austin. We've been involved in rescue work for 20 years and I needed local information. We had a serious feral kitten problem we inherited from the former owner of the home we bought in Austin. AHS had the information and was just starting a local program. It's great. The staff and volunteers are helpful and caring. When I've been at the shelter, it's always bustling and the people are friendly. The animals act as relaxed and happy as they possibly could in a shelter and that's great too. They also have solid plans to grow and meet the ongoing needs of the Austin community.

    Pros

    Good caring service, no kill policy, educational programs

    Cons

    needs more capacity

  • 26. Wonderful Staff and Volunteers

    by: francostanzo

    All shelters can be depressing places, given the sadness seen on a daily basis in the eyes of the dogs. It's difficult to walk past a kennel, eyes on you, tail wagging. You just want to take each and every one out for a game of fetch and a big sirloin bone. But, obviously you can't. You can do what you can to make their lives happier until they find their forever home. It was difficult the first couple of months I volunteered there, knowing none of the other volunteers and insecure in what I knew about dogs. But a nice lady, Terry, was always there with a smile and helpful advice and got me through my inexperience. Ever since then, I've met more volunteers and staff, gotten more involved in various shelter activities, because of all the great people I've met. I'm looking forward to a long relationship with AHS, an incredible organization due to the devotion of the marvelous staff and volunteers that keep it running. I'm not worthy.

    Pros

    Volunteers and Staff.

    Cons

    In need of a makeover.

  • 27. The Awesome Austin Humane Society

    by: donnadog88

    The Austin Humane Society has to be one of the best places in the country. The word "HUMANE" is taken very seriously there. Staff and volunteers spend countless hours loving, training, and socializing animals so they will get adopted. Not just adopted, though, but matched to the best parents and forever homes for them. I could go on forever singing the praises of this shelter, but I'm so tired after being there almost all day today.

    Pros

    The staff and volunteers treat the animals with real heart and caring. They give hours of their time to make sure the animals find the right home for them.

    Cons

    Not enough lighting in the kennels for the public to see the pups.

  • 28. AHS--A Great Animal Shelter

    by: colleentk

    I've been a volunteer with the Austin Humane Society for over a year and a half and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the animals, staff and other volunteers. It's wonderful to see so many cats taken in, cared for and worked with until an adopter is found. It's been a joyful experience. I adopted both of my cats from AHS and had the backyard feral neutered at the Society. All very positive experiences!

    Pros

    Extremely caring staff and group of volunteers

    Cons

    I would like to see a much larger facility.

  • 29. AHS

    by: BeatriceClaire

    This place pricks up your ears and makes your tail wag.

    Pros

    Fantastic human beings and EXTRAORDINARY animals

    Cons

    that homeless animals exist at at all

  • 30. Great for pets, hurricanes and volunteers

    by: debkthomp

    I've volunteered at AHS off and on since the early 90's It has gone through one move and many administrations, but through it all the main focus of saving pets lives has been maintained and accomplished . With more than 100 scheduled, committed volunteers, a smaller but similarly committed staff and a lot of monetary support from the community this shelter is a standout. That is why it was picked for on of the initial roll-outs of the Meet Your Match program from the ASPCA. AHS had caught the ASPCA's attention after they accepted in hurricane Katrina pets (and later strays) and were on many news programs and Animal Planet for their efforts. If you want to adopt and animal, this is the place to find one. If you want to volunteer, this is the place to get the training to be a great volunteer.

    Pros

    Great place to save pet lives, support hurricane pet victums and volunteer

    Cons

    na

  • 31. Biggest no-kill shelter in Austin, TX

    by: dewittg

    A "must visit" place if you are in the Austin area and are looking to adopt a cat or dog. And the shelter has what has to be the largest TNR (trap, neuter, release) program for feral cats in central Texas. A great place to volunteer as well, whether it's to work with cats or dogs, or to help with other shelter activities.

    Pros

    Good staff, friendly volunteers, lots of cats and dogs

    Cons

    none

  • 32. Awesome Shelter!

    by: ylesina

    I've been volunteering at the Austin Humane Society for a few months now and I absolutely love it! I've volunteered at a different shelter in college and Austin's shelter is definitely MUCH cleaner and animals here are very well taken care of. One of these days I'll quit my job and come work for the shelter full time :)

    Pros

    no-kill shelter

    Cons

    none!

  • 33. AHS is great

    by: tobysmom8

    I have been volunteering at the AHS for almost 4 years. I have met some great volunteers who are very knowledgable about dogs. Every time I am at the shelter I learn something new. They really care about animals and want to do the best they can for them. I recently got to watch my first "dog intro" and was very impressed by the questions they asked the prospective owner. The AHS wants to make sure they find the correct forever home.

    Pros

    great staff

    Cons

    need updated facilities

  • 34. Best Shelter in Austin!

    by: SophieBrewster

    I've been volunteering for almost nine years with the AHS and can honestly say that it's a great place to start if you're looking to add a pet to your home. They have lots of very adoptable dogs and cats, and the staff and volunteers are there to assist you in making your selection.

    Pros

    Great selection of adoptable dogs and cats

    Cons

    can't think of any!

  • 35. A+ Shelter

    by: briaus

    I have been a volunteer with the Austin Humane Society for almost a year now. Their volunteer program is very well-organized and the staff is so friendly and helpful. The facility is always clean and well-maintained and the pets there receive excellent care. Heather, the Foster coordinator is the best!

    Pros

    No-kill shelter, excellent volunteer training programs, awesome staff

    Cons

    underfunded, staff overworked

  • 36. Best Staff Around

    by: Jax42

    AHS, is hands down probably the best shelter in the area!!! You can simply not compare the staff/volunteers there to anywhere. They are knowledgeable, caring, and really want to make sure that each and every pet finds the right home. I was impressed at much time they really spend with these animals to make sure that they are adoptable and will make great pets. They truely CARE about you and your future pet and it is the best feeling in the world!

    Pros

    Staff

    Cons

    Can't think of one except maybe finding the right pet

  • 37. Great shelter

    by: pkobasic1

    I have been volunteering here for almost a year. The staff are very knowledgable about the animals and work hard to make the perfect match between prospective adopters and the animals.

    Pros

    Helpful staff

    Cons

    none

  • 38. My Shelter!

    by: LorieSchlichte

    I've been volunteering there since May of 2006. Once I gave up my business of 10 years I had extra time pursue different interest. I'm so glad I picked the best shelter in Austin. It's the best!

    Pros

    Caring staff and volunteers

    Cons

    Long drive from my house

  • 39. Great place to volunteer!

    by: Banning

    I've been volunteering here for a short time (albeit I work about 15 to 20 hours a week)... and AHS is a wonderful place to work. Very caring and educated staff, streamlined program for the adoption of animals, very, very dedicated staff when it comes to educating volunteers. I've work with animals most of my life (though rarely in a shelter enviroment) and I'll tell you now... if I had to be a homeless dog or cat... I'd want to be sheltered here.

    Pros

    Great people, knowledgable staff, caring enviroment

    Cons

    None

  • 40. I love AHS!!

    by: Alexandrea

    We love and appreciate everything AHS does! They are a group of awesome people!

    Pros

    The very friendly staff

    Cons

    Its not close to our home

  • 41. Loving what you do

    by: MissFortune

    I love working at AHS. I enjoy the people I work with, and am grateful we have such strong volunteer and foster programs. I'm proud of our feral cat program, too. This place has grown astronomically in the past few years, and I'm proud to be a part of it. I wouldn't want to work anywhere else. How else would I keep up my cat collection??

    Pros

    The staff, the animals, clean shelter, close to home!

    Cons

    things break a lot, and we need more space.

  • 42. Looking to adopt a pet?

    by: suealgaze

    The Austin Humane Society is a great place to be if you are a dog (or cat) looking for a new home. A very dedicated group of volunteers make sure each dog gets outside several times every day. The kennels are kept clean and the staff is very helpful and friendly. I give it a five out of five!

    Pros

    Friendly people

    Cons

    Budget restraints!

  • 43. Great place to volunteer :)

    by: audreyasmith

    I enjoyed working as a volunteer at the Austin Humane Society very much. I thought it was well organized so that volunteers could communicate efficiently. I liked how the system was set up in terms of what level dog each volunteer could work with. The dogs had a nice field to walk in behind the shelter and the shelter itself feels welcoming and friendly. The staff is involved with the volunteers and the volunteers feel needed and useful. Ofcourse the animals there are the best part!

    Pros

    Other volunteers always friendly, always work to help with, well organized

    Cons

    Limited space, close quarters between dogs and cats

  • 44. The Wonderful Group Cat Habitats

    by: Juliepitre

    The Austin Humane Society's cat habitats are great, one of the best things that has happened at the Shelter in past 3 years. They are beautifully designed and attractive spaces, right in the front windows of the shelter. Anyone can walk in and visit the cats, following the posted rules. Adult cats and adolescents are housed in groups in these rooms. They are not too crowded, and have plenty of niches and ledges to hide or rest in. There are washable beds and scratch toys and play things. All surfaces are easily cleanable. When they first opened the rooms the staff were worried about the dogs attacking or worrying cats at the windows, which go to the ground and are near the doors the dogs exit. Volunteers keep the dogs away from the windows, however, and it has not been a problem. Some of the cats act eager to play with the dogs, but the Shelter does not run dog/cat playgroups.

    Pros

    Beautiful design, easy to visit the cats, front windows

    Cons

    Wish they had more, More and puffier beds needed

  • 45. Great place to find your next pet

    by: dbm110

    The Austin Humane Society knows their business, plain and simple. They made it extremely easy and straight forward to find the perfect companion. The animals are all very well cared for, and they are very strict about cleanliness procedures. There was very little wait time while doing processing/paperwork, and the staff was very helpful and answered all my questions. They obviously really cared about what they were doing. Thanks AHS!

    Pros

    Clean environment, attentive and caring staff

    Cons

    none

  • 46. The Shelter that Survived a Heat Wave without A/C

    by: Edar

    A couple summers ago, the air conditioning system at AHS broke. It was a hot, humid summer, but room fans were brought in to keep the animals as comfortable as possible until enough funds were raised to install a new system. The volunteers (including myself) and staff work so hard to give each animal the due attention and care it deserves. AHS is the first place I would go to find a best friend! My dog Daphne was adopted from AHS.

    Pros

    Very active in community. Ensures that the animals go to loving, responsible forever families.

    Cons

    Often confused with Town Lake Animal Shelter

  • 47. Wonderful!

    by: Adelas0pets

    The Austin Humane Society is a really good place to look at if you want a pet. They staff are eedingly friendly and only want the best match for you and your pet. Their 'Canineality' and 'Felinallity' helps potential pet owners find exactly what their looking for. Its easy to get to and is a huge reward.

    Pros

    Great staff and volunteers

    Cons

    Needs more help to keep running!

  • 48. So kind and helpful!

    by: sorr

    The staff at AHS have been so helpful in caring and educating my husband and me on trapping feral cats and their care. We could not have helped these cats without their support and I am grateful for all of them. Thank you from all the feral cats in Austin!

    Pros

    Educate you on trapping & care.

    Cons

    None!

  • 49. AHS

    by: jsmde

    I've been volunteering at AHS for over two years now. I'm a huge animal lover and wanted to help homeless animals find a second chance at a forever home. When I started volunteering I had no idea how much it would change my life. The staff and volunteers are passionate people who work very hard to make the shelter experience a good one for these homeless animals. As a volunteer I try to help the animals gain hope. Animals are amazing, they really do recover from a traumatic experience and learn how to trust again. Its such a fulfilling experience to give your time to a great cause.

    Pros

    a great shelter

    Cons

    needs a make-over

  • 50. I Love This Shelter

    by: DianeSTexas

    I love this shelter! Of our four cats, three were adopted from AHS. We foster kittens for the shelter and our two most recent additions, adopted in April of 2008, were our fosters. The shelter staff is very helpful to foster volunteers and the other volunteers as well. They also run an excellent feral cat spay and neuter program. One of the things I like is that, once a cat is accepted into the shelter, they keep it even if the cat proves to be difficult to adopt out. Most of the larger offices have two or more cats that live in that office all the time. As a foster parent, I really appreciate that level of commitment to babies that become mine once I bring them home. I appreciate not having to find homes for the babies I foster; most of my friends already have enough cats, if you ask them! When I first began volunteering, there was a cat in the cattery that was very hostile and unhappy. Within a few months she was a sweet, social, loving girl who was eventually adopted. The volunteers do an amazing job socializing the animals. I have no problem recommending the shelter to anyone wanting to adopt a dog, cat, puppy, or kitten. They do a wonderful job!

    Pros

    excellent staff, great volunteers, very adoptable animals

    Cons

    only handles cats and dogs, has to be selective when taking animals

  • 51. New to Austin, love the shelter

    by: vhughes1

    I just started volunteering a couple of weeks ago and already feel like I have been at the Austin Humane Society for years. I am very pleased with how the shelter is run and applaud all the hard work that goes into Austin Humane Society.

    Pros

    caring, knowledgeable staff and an endless supply of super volunteers

    Cons

    We could use some more square footage.

  • 52. My volunteer experience at the AHS

    by: fostermomsimon

    What I find most noteworthy about the AHS is how dedicated the volunteers are and what loving care the animals there receive from staff, volunteers, and the vets, and the visitors as well! Volunteers can learn so much. There are always classes and it doesn't take long to find a niche, whether it be taking dogs on outings, teaching them tricks, bathing them, or simply sitting with them and loving on the animals while you bathe in their admiration of you. My own niche was to foster animals, which I sorely miss now that our family, due to job circumstances, has moved into an apartment where only two dogs are allowed, which we already have. Please check out my own dog on Zootoo that we adopted from the Austin Humane Society. His name is Dobby ("fostermomsimon"). You can also see our other dog that came from Barbara Ott, at Westie Rescue. I mention this because not all dogs are suited to stay in a shelter and the AHS had tried to find foster homes or rescue sites to ease the burden some animals cannot overcome when they find themselves in a shelter. Last, you would not believe how much fun it is to spend time at the Austin Humane Society. It is not a sad place, everyone has a commond bond: love for animals and that brings out the best in people.

    Pros

    Care and well-being for the animals is first and foremost

    Cons

    Had to move to Plano, TX into an apt. and can no longer foster

  • 53. Best Place Ever

    by: melinda9hdz

    I have adopted 2 dogs from the Austin Humane Society and plan on adopting more. The dogs are so well behaved, very well maintained, the staff is great, everyone is so nice and are very into the safety and care of these animals. I would recommend this shelter to anyone and everyone.

    Pros

    Everything

    Cons

    None really

  • 54. AHS rocks!

    by: texastiki

    i got one of my cats, Buddy, from AHS a few years ago. he had been in the shelter for several months, which wouldn't be possible in a kill shelter. thanks again, AHS!

    Pros

    no-kill

    Cons

    full

  • 55. Great Shelter

    by: bracecove

    I am very impressed with the Austin Humane Society. I have been volunteering since the early fall and it's fantastic how much we learn about handling pets (in my case dogs.) The program emphasizes consistency in how dogs are handled and trained, which in my experience is crucial to a dog's socialization. No confusion here! The staff is also very loving to the dogs (and to us clumsy fledglings!) and we are encouraged to "love on" the dogs as much as possible. It's all about positive reinforcement which is what these frightened dogs need. I really enjoy my time there and encourage others to volunteer. This is definitely the place to adopt from as you will know the animals have been exceptionally well treated, and placed only when ready.

    Pros

    lots of love and consistency

    Cons

    too many homeless pets!

  • 56. Austin Humane Society needs serious updating

    by: cindybey4484

    I trap feral cats and participate in the feral cat clinic at the Austin Humane Society. It is a wonderful program staffed by awesome folks who really care about the animals in our community. \r\n\r\nThe physical conditions at the Austin Humane Society needs some serious updating. The inside is very dingy and old. Several years ago, the A/C went out in the middle of the summer and it was HOT and STEAMY. I believe that the pipes need replacing and some nice flooring and paint would go a long way in making this place more presentable to the public. \r\n\r\nI believe that the pets here are well cared for, but as for walking through the front door, it leaves a lot to be desired. It is cramped and needs a serious face-lift.

    Pros

    Great staff, well cared for animals

    Cons

    Needs serious updating and new signage

  • 57. Great Place to Volunteer

    by: nicolefanusa

    I have been a CAT volunteer at AHS since April, 2007. For anyone interested in helping animals, socializing shelter cats so they can more easily be adopted, I urge you to visit the AHS site and register for an upcoming volunteer orientation.\n\n

    Pros

    Location, Staff, Volunteers

    Cons

    Limited Space

  • 58. Gimme More "Austin Humane Society" Shelter

    by: BlackDogTwo

    I had the pleasure of touring this facility recently and it was the only shelter I've ever been in which actually had a homey, cozy feeling to it. We were actually able to hold a conversation IN THE DOG ADOPTION KENNEL AREA because all of the dogs were so well-behaved. By using clickers and treats, the volunteer staff rewards the dogs for not-barking and for not jumping. Thus, potential adopters see the real dog--and aren't turned off by typical kennel behavior that most shelter dogs exhibit. The levels of training and consistency of training and innovative ideas relative to volunteer scheduling makes this shelter truly one of a kind. It should be held up as a role model for others to follow. I give them the highest marks. By the way, I have volunteered at animal shelters in the past, so I have more experience with shelter operations than most people. It was a genuine pleasure to see smart, innovative ideas embraced and put into action--with great results!

    Pros

    Dogs are socialized and obedience-trained via loving volunteers and clickers and treats; immaculate

    Cons

    NONE THAT I COULD SEE

  • 59. Awesome Animal Shelter

    by: Ladybird09

    I just toured this shelter and it is just wonderful. The staff and volunteers were very helpful and all the animals were nice and clean. They are very organized and seem to have the best tools of training methods fiqured out. Im very happy to live close to Austin and to be able to visit this awesome shelter!!!

    Pros

    Very Friendly Staff and Volunteers, Nice Facility for the Animals

    Cons

    none

  • 60. Austin's No Kill Shelter

    by: nanelba

    I have been a volunteer at the AHS for one month.\r\nThe original training followed by a l:l was very\r\nthorough and educational. I like the fact that\r\nyou must have additional training and experience\r\nto work with more difficult animals.

    Pros

    Excellent volunteer program, courteous and knowledgable staff

    Cons

    None

  • 61. Wonderful Shelter

    by: elisa59

    I always recommend this shelter to anyone I know who is looking for a pet for several reasons. The animals are so well taken care of, from their health to socialization, the staff and volunteers make sure these animals are in great shape physically and mentally to make great pets. I truly admire the love and dedication of the staff and volunteers towards ensuring that all animals have as stress-free and enjoyable of an experience as possible, and that all animals are adopted out to well-matched families. This shelter's only fallback is a lack of space, and lack of property to walk dogs...it's only because of a partnership with a neighboring facility that the dogs can go on longer walks. This of course is not the fault of the shelter at all, and so I am so hoping that they win the makeover so that they can make any and all space improvements. It is so deserved because of all the wonderful things they do for the community, as Austin's finest no-kill shelter.

    Pros

    Excellent facilties, helpful staff, active volunteers, focus on animal well-being

    Cons

    small property

  • 62. great dogs and staff

    by: jentymn

    AHS is a wonderful no-kill shelter with very knowledgeable staff and the most awesome dogs! The volunteer staff (of which I am a new member) is amazingly dedicated and an absolute inspiration. They have a wonderful foster program and feral cat sterilization program (5000+ feral cats spayed/neutered this year). Great organization.

    Pros

    great staff and volunteers

    Cons

    in need of a makeover :)

  • 63. Adopted my cat here!

    by: resteinberg

    I came here when I used to live in Texas to adopt a kitten. It was clean, well taken care of and the animals are well-loved. Almost four years and three states later, my cat Mura and her foster brother cat Fitz (Killeen Humane Society) and I fondly remember the AHS.

    Pros

    Great staff and animals are well cared for

    Cons

    No longer living in Texas

  • 64. New Volunteer

    by: npeduzzi

    I moved from San Antonio to Austin in May and started volunteering at the Austin Humane Society in August. Since then I have done several community fund raisers and other various events. It's great for me because I get to meet new people and do good for our furry friends! Everyone I've met since I've been there is so friendly and you can just tell how much the animals are loved!

    Pros

    Volunteers and Staff love the animals so much-it definetley shows when there is an event

    Cons

    No Pet therapy program :-(

  • 65. Kira goes home

    by: AnneChild

    Kira is a kitty who was at AHS for nearly a year. She was moved from the colony rooms to an individual cage and written up as the pet-of-the-month to get her more attention. She went home New Years Eve to spend the rest of her life with her forever family. We are all celebrating.

    Pros

    Great Staff

    Cons

    old facilities

  • 66. Great place to work w/animals & make a difference

    by: rosiepantz

    I love AHS! I started volunteering when my 14 yr old German shepherd Chaney passed away. It helped me to be around other dogs, and to be around people who had lost a pet before. I've met many amazing dogs & people since since I joined in June 2006 that I will never forget. And it's fulfilling to be able to help the animals enjoy themselves while at the shelter, and to help them find the right homes. It's a place where I can really make a difference in the world.

    Pros

    no-kill, has volunteer dog training program

    Cons

    None

  • 67. AHS = no kill

    by: nutmegpeach

    I came to AHS to volunteer as I love animals but am not ready to own one right now. I knew if I were to volunteer I'd only be able to do it at a no kill shelter. \n\nGreat orientation (it was standing room only in a fairly large auditorium). Nice relaxed casual atmosphere. Even though I am fairly new I never feel like others are judging me or telling me what to do. \n\nThere are many events for the volunteers as well as an email list to keep us all updated. I love knowing the 20-30 dogs and cats get adopted every week. Its a new crew of cats almost every weekend I go.\n\nThere is a nice sense of community at the shelter, and I love that they prefer for adopters to find the right match. They don't want someone to just take whatever cat or dog looks nice. They make adopters fill out a survey explaining what type of animal they are looking for. \n\nGreat shelter!

    Pros

    no kill shelter, cats & dogs

    Cons

    north location is far for some

  • 68. A great place to get a great animal!

    by: jaguargirl

    As a long-time volunteer (almost 7 years), I can tell you that the staff members and volunteers alike pour their entire hearts into caring for all of the animals that come through our doors....from dogs and cats to birds, rats and bunnies that were housed temporarily during a hurricane. It's amazing how the staff and volunteers work in unison to train, feed, and find homes for our four-legged friends. If you're looking for a dog or cat, come check us out!

    Pros

    conveniently located, knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    it's small and could use a makeover

  • 69. Great animal care at the AHS

    by: mdonnelley

    I stared volunteering at the AHS in 11/08 and am very impressed by the high level of care for the animals. The volunteers here are given a lot of freedom to run the show (with support from staff whenever needed) - and they take the time to share a lot of information with newcomers on how to best help the animals. Experienced volunteers teach classes on handling and training dogs of all temperaments and sizes.\n\nThe building is older, but it's constantly being cleaned. I work with the dogs and have noticed that kennels are cleaned constantly and the dogs are walked several times during the day. Volunteers walk around and quiet the kennels when one or two barking dogs are getting the rest riled up, and signs of stress are sought out to make sure the dogs are adjusting well to their short time in the kennel before going to their forever home.

    Pros

    Animals are loved and well-cared for, and the facility is kept very clean

    Cons

    The only thing I can think of is that it could be bigger to help even more animals!

  • 70. We love this place!

    by: ShellySmith

    Look here before you look anywhere else for a puppy, kitten, dog, cat, or rabbit!

    Pros

    Great staff and better volunteers

    Cons

    Nada

  • 71. Great place!

    by: katsmith

    Great place, great dogs, and great people!

    Pros

    Very caring folks

    Cons

    Needs new building

  • 72. SO PROUD

    by: BowChicaMowMow

    I am an employee of the Austin Humane Society and am so filled with pride to be a part of it. I had applied to nearly every shelter in the central Texas area and I was so excited to be accepted into the most progressive, innovated, dedicated shelter around. \n\nThe AHS provides their animals with top-notch care and compassion. Our volunteers are such a major element in why we're able to do so much. Our sponsors and donors are some of the most committed and compassionate animals lovers there are. \n\nI could go on and on, but in short. It brings tears to my eyes thinking of how proud I am of everyone who dedicates themselves to the Humane Society. \n\nTogether, we can change the world!

    Pros

    Most Progressive, Innovative Shelter

    Cons

    Not enough space, must save more lives!!

  • 73. I Love This Place!

    by: RobBRATT

    I've been volunteering here for a few months now and I'm very impressed. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and really seem to care about their animals. Everything is done to maximize the enjoyment and enrichment of the animals while they're here. If you're looking for a new pet this should be the first place you check out, and if you're not then come by and volunteer!

    Pros

    Friendly, knowledgeable, clean

    Cons

    N/A

  • 74. Great Staff, Needs more space

    by: pfox

    I've been volunteering at the austin humane society for just a few months now, and it's been quite impressive to see how much the volunteer staff helps out. Their training program is kind of frustrating at first, since you can only walk certain dogs until you get trained, but the reason is obvious once you see what a difference there is after a dog has been with us a few weeks. It's really amazing that our shelter not only rescues and finds homes for so many animals, but also significantly helps the animals get better before they find a new home.\n\nThe only down side is that we have to limit our intake because we just don't have the room for more animals.

    Pros

    Great volunteer program, no kill, nice people

    Cons

    Not enough space

  • 75. A great place to volunteer

    by: Elyshia5

    I've been volunteering at the Austin Humane Society for about a year and a half now and it's been such a wonderful experience. The volunteers are given a lot of responsibilities in keeping the shelter going and are very committed. We are currently without an official volunteer coordinator and older volunteers and the staff have rallied the troops to make sure that the volunteer program doesn't fall apart and that we continue to recruit new volunteers. Hours are flexible and there's plenty of critters to love, so if you are in the neighborhood, think about becoming a volunteer.

    Pros

    Lots of committed volunteers and staff

    Cons

    Hmm...

  • 76. Pet/Community Caring Shelter

    by: knarf74

    This is a NO KILL shelter with lots of knowledgeable and caring staff who's primary concern is taking care of homeless pets. They do their best not just to get cats and dogs adopted, but to make sure their new owners understand what they are getting into and how to care for their new pet.\n\nThe building itself could use some renovation (ZooToo Makeover Anyone??), but it has what they need to safely care for all the animals there.

    Pros

    Caring and knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    Building in need of some renovation

  • 77. A Sheltering Place

    by: ShirleyC

    This shelter does a great job of saving homeless pets and finding homes for them. \n\nAs a volunteer who works with the dogs at the Austin Humane Society, the most impressive feature of the shelter for me is that the K-9 Room where most of the dogs are housed is generally fairly quiet and remarkably calm. I think this is because the dogs have more contact with people, more opportunity for play, pats, exercise and training than they might have in a lot of shelters. \n\nA dedicated group of volunteers are devoted to getting the dogs out several times a day - not just for pottying - but for play sessions, walks around the block, a trip to the groomers, a ride to a local dog park, a training session. These things all contribute to improving the quality of life for the dogs and making them more adoptable. It's inspiring to see the shy dogs gain confidence, the jumpers begin to keep their feet on the ground, the leash-pullers to learn manners. And the best part is seeing them go home with loving families - forever families! \n\nIt's a system that benefits everyone - the animals, the volunteers, the families who are looking for the perfect dog!\n\n

    Pros

    clean, quiet shelter with dedicated staff and amazing volunteer program

    Cons

    could use more room and improved facility inside and out

  • 78. AHS is a great place

    by: AnnieHudson

    As a volunteer at AHS I really get a feeling of gratification when I go in there. I was very pleasantly surprised to find out how much they train their volunteers also. I really feel like I have learned a lot about socializing dogs and their behavior. This is also a place the smells surprisingly clean! The first time I was there I was expecting to have to tell myself that I was just going to need to adjust and get used to it but that wasn't the case at all! Please if you are looking to adopt or volunteer come check us out! Everyone is really friendly and you'll be glad you did it. I know I was!

    Pros

    wonderful place that really cares for its animals

    Cons

    needs more adopters!

  • 79. great for Austin animals and people!

    by: jynx

    When people ask about my hobbies or free time, I am proud to tell them I volunteer at the Austin Humane Society. They truly have the best interest of the animals and the public in mind. From treating health problems and working on behavior training with animals in their care, to readily accepting and training new volunteers each month, to offering training classes to anyone in the area (regardless of where the dog came from), to readily stepping in to help with hurricane evacuees or animal cruelty seizures... the organization does so much good for Austin animals and people.

    Pros

    adoptions, animal training classes, volunteer education

    Cons

    none

  • 80. Knowledgeable staff

    by: sbishop

    I love the staff and volunteers here. Everyone seems very knowledgeable about each of the animals. They wash everything down every day, and the volunteers help maintain cleanliness throughout the day. Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the facility. They are definitely in need of more space though. There are not enough visitation rooms for the number of adoptions they do. The staff is overworked as well. They run around like crazy trying to help every one. I highly recommend the facility, but make sure you can be patient while visiting.

    Pros

    Everyone seems to love and really care about each of the pets there

    Cons

    it can be very busy and there is often a line for the visitation rooms.

  • 81. A gret place to find the perfect pet

    by: jaxfooch

    I've been volunteering at AHS for over 2 years now. I know the staff and the volunteers and they're all great. The animals are well cared for and the dogs receive a lot of preliminary training to prepare them for their new homes. The meet you match program certainly helps adopters to identify the right pet for them. The facilities are great, the animals are happy, healthy, and await their forever homes under the watchful eye of caring staff and volunteers.

    Pros

    Knowledgeable, friendly staff and volunteers; lots of great companions

    Cons

    none

  • 82. 20 yr volunteer review

    by: debkthomp1

    I've been associated with this shelter for over 20 years as a volunteer. It has changed a lot - all for the better of the animals temporarily located there. The current staff is very professional and communicative which helps those of us who have been through the many changes over the years. The volunteer program is very structured. Great for beginning volunteers, but can be frustrating for experienced folks just starting with the shelter. All levels definately learn a lot about the pets and how to run a shelter! You can be as involved as you want with the many programs available.

    Pros

    Clean, friendly

    Cons

    can get bad when the money is not coming in

  • 83. Austin Humane Society - Rocks

    by: jennydingler

    This place has some amazing people working with the animals, you can really tell that they love them and want to do the best they can for them.

    Pros

    Great staff and volunteers

    Cons

    Kennels can be noisy, cat's could use some more cat rooms.

  • 84. AHS is the best

    by: angelinazoom

    I have been a volunteer at AHS for over 2 years, and have always found my experience wonderful. They really focus on volunteer training, and there is never any doubt that the animals at AHS are priority one. There's even work at the city-level to make sure that animal rights are being served in Austin. I've met great, dedicated people here and feel like there is a real community at AHS. It shows in the care they give to the dogs and cats. Come check out the new cattery and participate in the dog hand-feeding program. Buy a raffle ticket and try to win a new car...all the proceeds to go the shelter. Become a volunteer. A couple of hours a week make such a difference to the dogs and the staff. You won't regret your trip to AHS.

    Pros

    no-kill, clean, heavy focus on behavioral training for dogs

    Cons

    none, it's awesome

  • 85. Terrific People make this shelter

    by: aggsonice

    The staff and Volunteers at AHS make this shelter shine. Dedicated and helpful, I've never met a cross person or heard a mean word from any of them. I worked the annual telethon and donated my ceramic work before becoming a full volunteer after Hurricane Katrina. Our littlest dog blew in at that time.

    Pros

    Friendly helpful people

    Cons

    older building converted for shelter needs some serious updating

  • 86. Great Staff and Volunteers

    by: MisterUn

    I have been visiting the Austin Humane Society for years and have always been greeted by polite and knowledgable staff and volunteers who want to place the dogs and cats in the best homes possible. There is always a wide variety of dogs and cats, and there is also a vast array of resources that the shelter can provide for new owners of those looking to add to their family.

    Pros

    People take time to help

    Cons

    Small facility

  • 87. An asset to Austin

    by: Novalicious

    Great place that helps take some burden off city shelters. Dedicated staff and volunteers make a great temporary home for dogs and cats. Clean, bright, and friendly place.

    Pros

    Largest no kill shelter in Austin

    Cons

    Needs a ZooToo makeover to help more pets

  • 88. Great place to volunteer

    by: minischnauzerluv

    I've learned so much by volunteering here. I just wish there weren't so many homeless cats and dogs in this world.

    Pros

    Deducated staff and volunteers

    Cons

    Needs the shelter makeover!

  • 89. Love Love

    by: mayyin9

    I've volunteered at the AHS for, I'd guess, a year and a half now. I started out just as a cat volunteer, just socializing cats and helping to clean their living spaces out. Volunteering at a shelter as awesome as the AHS is really intuitive, heartwarming, and rewarding.\n\nI've also fostered several kittens through their foster program. It is very well run and flexible. Plus it's a pleasure to have kittens running around the apartment for a few weeks!!

    Pros

    Friendly staff, great environment for any cat and dog that goes through there

    Cons

    A little out of the way from where I live...I don't go volunteer there as much as I would like

  • 90. Awesome place to volunteer

    by: jcass43

    I've been volunteering at AHS for 7 years and have found it to be a very rewarding experience. I've learned a lot about working with dogs during my years there. The staff take very good care of the animals plus are interested in working with the volunteers and listening to our ideas and suggestions. \r\n\r\nThe building could use a major overhaul as it was not designed to be an animal shelter and the dogs to not get sunlight in the kennel area but have to wait to get taken out for a walk. \r\n\r\n

    Pros

    Staff, cleanliness, volunteers

    Cons

    building

  • 91. Staff/Volunteers rock, but the dogs rock more!

    by: mallingc

    The AHS is one of the best places in Austin to visit if you are looking to adopt a dog or a cat. \n\nWe intake our animals from owner surrenders and from other local shelters in the area.\n\nWe have great Staff and awesome volunteers. Both enable us to provide enriching programs to the dogs and cats while they are in our care.\n\nCome visit and find your new forever friend!\n\nhttp://www.austinhumanesociety.org/adopt/\n\n

    Pros

    Great location, awesome selection of dogs and cats

    Cons

    Don't open until Noon to the public

  • 92. Friendly!

    by: sjameson

    Every staff member/volunteer I've met at AHS is so incredibly friendly -- and I believe this rubs off on the animals too because they're all very loving from all the attention they get! The members are all bubbly and enthusiastic, it's a really great place to be.

    Pros

    Friendly staff, everyone is their soley for the animals

    Cons

    Little crowded, could use a makeover ;)

  • 93. I love AHS

    by: ATXBrooke

    I have been volunteering at AHS since May 2008. I really love the shelter, but it could use a "facelift." There aren't enough areas for volunteers to play with/work with the dogs. There is only one room that is used for classes, training, and dog play groups.\n\nAlso, it would be great if the dogs and cats had larger kennels.

    Pros

    amazing volunteers, great staff, wonderful animals

    Cons

    very old building, needs larger kennels, more play areas for dogs

  • 94. Long time AHS volunteer!

    by: jodiscaife

    I've been volunteering with AHS since September 2001, and I have to applaud the way the shelter has grown and adapted during that time period. We've faced two summers with major hurricanes, a summer of rabies quarantine, the sudden departure of our volunteer coordinator plus the normal epidemics and daily struggles of managing a facility where large number of animals live.\r\n\r\nThe staff tries to give the best possible experience to potential adopters, and the volunteer program is easily one of the best in the country.

    Pros

    Well-cared for animals, friendly staff and volunteers, great volunteer program!

    Cons

    Smaller facility with little room for growth, old plumbing and wiring

  • 95. I Love AHS!

    by: AHSHeidi

    I've been volunteering at AHS for just over a year. It's been a great experience. The staff is wonderful and friendly, even though they are swamped with all that they're responsible for. And what they deal with everyday is not easy. From messy and sick animals, to heart-breaking decisions, to new volunteers learning the rules...I'm continually amazed at how well the shelter runs with so few staff members.\n\nThe volunteer program is top-notch. There are a lot of long-time volunteers that put their heart and soul into this shelter. Their knowledge is invaluable and their dedication contagious!\n\nVolunteers focus a lot of time on training the dogs at AHS. Because we have such great staff support, we are able to focus on behavioral issues that some dogs may have as well as socialize those in need, so they're ready to safely go into their forever home.\n\nIf you have not yet visited AHS, I recommend that you check it out. If you're not able to adopt but want to spend some time with some really cool dogs, cats and people, become a volunteer!

    Pros

    Great animals, staff, programs and volunteers

    Cons

    Needs a major overhaul

  • 96. A Wonderful Temporary Home

    by: IvySue

    Austin Humane Society is a great place for pets who need a temporary place to stay until they find a forever home, and I'm not just saying that because I volunteer there. \n\nPets get so much attention from volunteers. People really care about their entire health and spend time making sure dogs' behavioral/mental health is taken care of. There are many long-term volunteers who are incredibly knowledgeable about all of the animals and they're really dedicated to making sure families and pets are a good fit for each other.

    Pros

    Pets get a lot of attention, clean facilities

    Cons

    none

  • 97. Great Shelter!

    by: bryaninaustin

    The staff and volunteers are very knowledgable and dedicated. They work hard to keep the animals happy and healthy while they are at the shelter and to find them the right 'forever family.' Come and visit!

    Pros

    Great dogs and cats always available!

    Cons

    None

  • 98. Great staff and volunteers

    by: Melody

    I have meet so many wonderful people and animals at AHS. It's a great shelter put it needs the shelter makeover!

    Pros

    Great volunteers

    Cons

    Needs more room for adoptable dogs and cats

  • 99. Wonderful shelter

    by: whickums

    I have volunteered here for 4 years and I think this shelter is well run and clean. There is a large number of volunteers and we are very involved in the training and care of all the animals that come through here. The staff and volunteers work and communicate well together providing a cohesive and collaborative environment to spend our time. The staff is always bringing new ideas to the table about training and marketing methods that make our dogs better behaved, and therefore more appealing to potential adopters.

    Pros

    Always evolving training/marketing programs, excellent volunteer base

    Cons

    can't think of any

  • 100. A Day in the Life of an Austin Humane Society Volunteer

    by: HelenLM

    I have been a volunteer at the Austin Humane Society for almost 1 year.\r\n\r\nAll animals at the shelter receive an extremely high level of care and commitment from both staff and volunteers alike. I love the can-do attitude of everyone and the team spirit when it comes to getting things done.\r\n\r\nThere is nothing more rewarding than seeing these animals receive the love, shelter, socialization and medical support they need, until their dream forever home comes along!\r\n\r\nI'm proud to be a volunteer at the Austin Humane Society!

    Pros

    Deep committment to their animals, team spirit, can-do attitude

    Cons

    A makeover would be great ;-)

  • 101. True Blue

    by: leacline

    I have been a volunteer at the AHS for almost a year. I have a regular schedule - going two hours a week. There is always need for more hands, but the dedicated volunteers get the job done. I feel that my training - and my comfort level, and ability to help the dogs - is taken very seriously. This place does, though, need a major renovation!

    Pros

    Lots of training for volunteers

    Cons

    So many pets to help, so little time

  • 102. Nice place

    by: daphneblake

    This place is really a great place. The people there are there to help you and really have an interest in getting these animals a good home. Check 'em out.

    Pros

    great people and great training

    Cons

    none

  • 103. awsome animals

    by: sassaebear

    The staff and volunteers both are very knowlegeable and are happy to help you in your search for a furry friend. They love and care for the dogs while they are there and actually some fall in love and take home an animal for their own.

    Pros

    lots of dedicated, really nice people

    Cons

    not alot of space

  • 104. clean

    by: ahsbratt

    This shelter is a great place to find great animals. They need homes, but alot of them can't calm down without a regular schedule, so they bark and have other issues. The Staff are highly trained individuals who come everyday to care for these animals. They know the dogs well and are good at what they do. I would definitely recommend this shelter to someone looking for a pet.

    Pros

    Everyone here does their best to make the dogs comfortable while at the shelter

    Cons

    not alot of space, the animals need homes

  • 105. Austin Humane Society Has Dedicated Volunteers

    by: RustyK

    There is a strong emphasis on training volunteers, especially dog volunteers to improve the behavior of dogs so they will be more adoptable. There are several levels of training that can be met. The better behaved a dog is, the likelihood of it being returned is less. Special attention is also given to matching the dog with its future adopter.\n\nThey have a feral cat program that includes performing spay or neutering of them each week.

    Pros

    Volunteers are very well trained, thereby making the animals more adoptable

    Cons

    Need a larger, better lit facility