The Georgetown Animal Shelter, 110 Walden Drive, has resumed normal operations after limiting positive distemper cases to a single canine. Test results for the other 26 dogs currently in the Shelter’s care came back negative Monday, Aug. 28. The original canine who tested positive for distemper remains in isolation and continues to show signs of improvement. Shelter staff remain optimistic the dog will make a full recovery.
“Limiting the spread of such a contagious virus to the original dog who tested positive is an incredible testament to our shelter staff, who immediately put safety and cleaning protocols in place, and to our community, who immediately responded to our plea for fosters,” Animal Services Manager April Haughey said.
Within four days of the call for fosters, seven of the 15 healthy dogs were fostered or adopted out of the shelter. Residents who are fostering dogs are being asked to keep them for up to two weeks, to give staff time to catch up on surgeries and other tasks.
The shelter is resuming normal operations. People interested in adopting or fostering can view adoptable pets here. While walk-ins are welcome during operating hours, residents are encouraged to schedule an appointment ahead of time by calling 512-930-3592 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most important action the community can take to mitigating the spread of distemper is to fully vaccinate dogs. Dog owners are encouraged to reach out to their veterinarians to confirm vaccination status. The shelter is expanding its vaccine protocols to provide distemper boosters puppies every two weeks until six months of age. The shelter will continue to administer the distemper vaccine upon intake and a booster at two weeks for all new adult intakes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Join the Georgetown Animal Shelter at the Library for a special kitten adoption event on August 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.! For a reduced fee of $35, you can take home a furry friend ready to complete your family.
All kittens are up to date on shots and are spayed or neutered.
Before you Two Step over to San Gabriel Park next week, make the Georgetown Animal Shelter your first step! The shelter will be closed on Saturday during the big musical festival so we need to rack up some adoptions ahead of time.
Adult dogs and cats (7 months and up) may be adopted for only $15 from April 1-30. Adoptions include castration (neutering), branding (tattoo/microchip), shots and some goodies. Cattle dogs will be free since they work for free anyway.
Come on down!
It’s no joke – the shelter is opening up on Sundays again! Beginning April 23, we’ll be open to visitors from 12 to 4. And to celebrate 🎉, we are waiving adoption fees on Sundays through the end of the month.
⭐ April 23 and 30 ⭐
(Puppies and kittens are excluded. Come on, free puppies and kittens? No way!)
Appointments and walk-ins are welcome.
Don’t miss out on making a dog’s day & giving them a charmed life!
$17 adoptions, which includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a registered microchip, a vet voucher for a free wellness exam, a small bag of dog food and various other goodies. (Small dogs and puppies do not qualify.)
Visiting hours: Sat 12-4, M/F 11-5, T/Th 11-6.
UPDATE: As of January 24, 2023, all of the female spots have been taken for the clinics. We are still accepting male cats for the February and March clinics.
The Georgetown Animal Shelter has announced the dates of the 2023 spay/neuter clinic for cats – January 28, February 25 and March 25, 2023, all Saturdays. The goal of the clinics is to reduce the cat population in Georgetown. This is the twelfth year that the shelter has offered free spay/neuter clinics for cats in an effort to curb overpopulation.
Spay and neuter surgeries and a rabies vaccination will be provided at no charge. Other services available at the clinic include a FIV/FeLV test for $20, an FVRCP vaccine for $5, microchip for $10, e-collar for $10, or cat carrier for $5.
Appointments are required for the free clinics, which are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are not necessarily for low-income cat owners. Cats or kittens must be at least three months old. Residents may sign up for two cats per clinic.
The clinic is offered only for cats whose owners live in the Georgetown City Limits, so bring your driver’s license or other form of ID that shows your current address.
Call (512) 930-3592 to schedule your cat for surgery. All spay or neuter surgeries will be done by a licensed veterinarian.
The spay and neuter clinic will be held at the City of Georgetown Animal Shelter at 110 W.L. Walden Drive near the McMaster Athletic Fields. Contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592 or by email at email@example.com. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org.
With a save rate of 94.1 percent for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Georgetown Animal Shelter has been able to maintain its status as a no-kill shelter for the eighth year in a row. Shelters with a live outcome rate above 90 percent are considered no-kill shelters.
Factors in the live outcome rate include a high rate of animal adoptions, the invaluable support of foster families, increased counseling about rehoming, and partnerships with rescues and other shelters.
Other notable milestones for the 2022 fiscal year include:
- 19.4 percent of animals returned to their owners, including 247 dogs and 16 cats
- 51.3 percent of animals adopted, including 353 dogs and 341 cats
- 32 dogs and 23 cats were transferred to other shelters or rescue groups
The shelter will be closed Thursday-Friday for Thanksgiving (and we are always closed on Wednesdays). We will return to our usual schedule on Saturday, November 26. As always, Animal Control may be reached for urgent calls at 512-930-3510 x6 .