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  • The center is a City of Austin/Travis County facility. Adoptions, impoundment, injured and stray animal rescue, pet registry information (972-LOST), and spay/neuter education. Fiscal Year 2009 dog intake 12,618 Decrease of 183 or 1% since 2008 Dog euthanasia decrease of 1,242 or 27% since 2008
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    1. 1. Man’s Best Friend A Short Story By Cookc-Pup
    2. 2. It began with the Grey Wolf…. <ul><li>Then……………… </li></ul><ul><li>And Now ? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Crazy about our Pets! <ul><li>33 % of dog owners talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 1 million dogs in the U.S. have been named primary beneficiary in their owner's will </li></ul><ul><li>70% of people sign their pet's name on greeting cards </li></ul><ul><li>Based on a life span of 11 years the average cost of owning a dog is $13,550 </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.&quot; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ben Williams </li></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.&quot; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Andrew A. Rooney </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Dog Breeds <ul><li>Hound Dogs have been bred to chase (or hound) a quarry by sight or smell, or a combination of both senses. </li></ul><ul><li>Working Dogs were developed to perform a wide variety of tasks, such as herding, droving, pulling, hauling, herding, hunting, rescuing and guarding. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Dog Breeds <ul><li>Sporting Dog Breeds, like the Retriever, Pointer and Setter, were bred to selectively find and return killed game to the hunter. </li></ul><ul><li>Dogs in the Terrier group were developed to hunt and kill vermin such as rats, mice and other predatory animals. </li></ul>
    6. 6. A class all their own…….. <ul><li>The Toy dogs were initially owned by the wealthy and were viewed by others as status symbols - a luxury item with little apparent purpose. Obviously the trend continues to this day……... </li></ul>
    7. 7. Clarification <ul><li>Prairie dogs are not dogs!! </li></ul>
    8. 8. Interesting Dog Facts The World Record Breakers! <ul><li>The Greyhound is the Fastest Dog on Earth </li></ul><ul><li>The Irish Wolfhound is the largest dog </li></ul><ul><li>The Great Dane is the tallest dog </li></ul><ul><li>The Chihuahua is the smallest dog </li></ul><ul><li>The St. Bernard is the heaviest dog </li></ul>
    9. 9. Top 5 favorite dog breeds <ul><li>Labrador Retriever </li></ul><ul><li>Golden Retriever </li></ul><ul><li>German Shepherd </li></ul><ul><li>Beagle </li></ul><ul><li>Dachshund </li></ul>
    10. 10. Famous Canine’s <ul><li>Toto - Wizard of Oz </li></ul><ul><li>Lassie – Lassie </li></ul><ul><li>Eddie - Frasier </li></ul><ul><li>Maverick – My dog </li></ul>
    11. 11. October Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
    12. 12. Get the Facts! <ul><li>Overpopulation due to irresponsible owners and breeders, is a major contributor to canine homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 2 million dogs are surrendered to shelters each year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not including strays or taken from owners who may have kept the animals in unsanitary or inhumane conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not including dogs turned over to rescue organizations or dogs that were abandoned </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Over 56% of dogs and puppies entering shelters are killed </li></ul>
    13. 13. Puppies Aren’t Products <ul><li>Dogs who live their entire lives in cages and continually bred for years </li></ul><ul><li>Living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water, bed, grooming, toys or socialization </li></ul><ul><li>Living outdoors, crammed inside filthy structures </li></ul><ul><li>After their fertility wanes, breeding animals are commonly killed, abandoned or sold to another mill </li></ul><ul><li>The annual result of all this breeding is hundreds of thousands of puppies, many with behavior and/or health problems </li></ul>
    14. 14. Advocates <ul><li>Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first American SPCA started in 1866 in New York City. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.spcai.org / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Humane Society of the United States </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Established in 1954 and the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.hsus.org / </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Town Lake Animal Control <ul><li>Largest animal shelter in Central Texas with animal control services to all of Austin and Travis County. </li></ul><ul><li>Shelters more than 23,000 animals each year and is an animal open-intake facility - no animal will be turned away . </li></ul>
    16. 16. Local Shelters No-Kill facilities <ul><li>Central Texas SPCA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private non-profit shelter located in Leander </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funded solely by private donations and adoption fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited intake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.centraltexasspca.org / </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Human Society of Williamson County </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not-for-profit organization located in Leander </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100% funded by donations, grants and fees for services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited intake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.hswc.net/about/aboutus.php </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Austin Humane Society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Austin’s largest no kill, non-profit animal adoption shelter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supported businesses in our community and strong partnerships with other animal service organizations and animal welfare alliances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.austinspca.com / </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Low Cost Health Services <ul><li>EMANCIPET </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides free and low-cost spay/neuter services and throughout the Central Texas area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers low cost, walk-in wellness clinics for dogs or cats who are already spayed or neutered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides both mobile and stationary clinics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serves between 1,200 – 2,000 pets each month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.emancipet.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Animal Trustees of Austin, Inc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-profit animal welfare organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Affordable sterilization for approximately 8,000 dogs and cats each year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Since March 1997 over 72,000 dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wellness Clinic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Since June 2002 provided vaccinations and testing for over 85,000 dogs and cats </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.animaltrustees.org/ATA/site/index.asp </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. How can you help? <ul><li>Spay or neuter your pets! </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Donate </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt or foster </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The rewards….. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breed specific rescue organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strict application process to insure that the dogs are going to a permanent and loving home, and some charge a small fee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Return policy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster Homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rescue and Care </li></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Thank you for your attention!

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