Liberty Tax Adoption Event Mar. 31

Our friends at Liberty Tax are raising funds for the Georgetown Animal Shelter throughout March, and celebrating with an adoption event on March 31.  Join us at 2803 Williams, #105, on March 31, 10-1, and maybe you’ll find a new family member to adopt!

At Liberty Tax, we believe that when you give, you get back. There’s no better way to do that than to hold an adoption event with the Georgetown Animal Shelter! Join us in bringing awareness to the best four legged friends in Georgetown that are looking for a forever home.

 

Bats test positive for rabies

A bat found in Georgetown on March 23 has tested positive for rabies. The bat was collected by Georgetown Animal Services at Pickett Elementary School.

The bat was sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin for testing. Positive rabies virus results were indicated late in the day Friday, March 24, and notices were posted at the school on Monday, March 27.

Another bat collected at a nearby residence March 19 tested positive for rabies on March 21.

Animal control officers do not believe that any people or pets have been exposed to rabies from the bats. However, it is important to protect pets by making sure they have a current rabies vaccination.

“Not all downed bats have rabies and not all rabid bats appear sick,” said Kelly Thyssen, animal control officer with the Georgetown Police Department. “If you find a bat, especially if it is inside your home, in an area that a child has access to, in a room with a sleeping person, or if your pet potentially had contact with it, please call us.” Bats are wild animals and should never be handled, Thyssen said.

To report a bat or other animal that you believe may have rabies, call the 24-hour number for the Georgetown Police Department at (512) 930-3510. An animal control officer will respond to the report.

For questions or concerns about rabies, contact the Williamson County and Cities Health District at (512) 943-3660. If you have concerns about possible contact with a bat, contact the Health District or your health care provider.

For information about rabies in animals, see the Texas Department of State Health Services rabies page at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/rabies/information/pamphlet.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is hosting a low-cost vaccine clinic on Saturday, May 20, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. For more information, contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592. The Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive.

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2015-2016 Stats

The shelter’s fiscal year ended Sept. 30.  More detail to follow in an article, but here is the basic breakdown of last year’s statistics.  Another year of reaching No-Kill status, with a Live Release Rate of 93.5%!

Intake: 1899 dogs and cats

Adoptions/Rescues: 897 dogs and cats = 47..2%

Euthanized: 7 dogs and cats = 6.5%

June and July Stats

Our Live Release Rate year-to-date is 96%.  Woo-hoo!  Live Release Rate means the number of animals adopted, returned to owner or transferred to a rescue group.

JULY

Intake: 206 dogs and cats

Adoptions: 110 dogs and cats = 41.4%

Euthanized: 16 dogs and cats = 6.0%

JUNE

Intake: 200 dogs and cats

Adoptions: 94 dogs and cats = 37.2%

Euthanized: 13 dogs and cats =5.1%

Save Rate for March 97.4%

Another good month for our shelter – achieving NO KILL status!

Intake: 164 dogs and cats

Adoptions: 54 dogs and cats = 28%

Euthanized: 5 dogs and cats = 2.6%

No-Kill Status Reached in November

Another good month for our shelter – achieving NO KILL status!

Intake: 178 dogs and cats

Adoptions: 67 dogs and cats = 30%

Euthanized: 4 dogs and cats = 1.8%

 

 

No-Kill Status Achieved for May

I want to congratulate staff and volunteers on ANOTHER excellent month.  Not only did we take in more dogs and cats  than any other month – 173 impounds – we also had our second lowest euthanasia rate of 5.6% overall.

Excellent job to all.  We continue to receive the nicest compliments – such as: super friendly and helpful staff, what a clean shelter, such professional animal control officers, and the healthiest, happiest animals!

Thanks, everyone, for all you do!

Jackie Carey, Animal Services Manager

STATS FOR MAY

Impounds:  84 dogs, 89 cats, 173 total

Adoptions:  35 dogs, 35 cats = 33%

Euthanizations:  8 dogs, 4 cats = 5.6%

Live release rate: 94.4%