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An Adoption Story

An Adoption Story This past month has been so exciting for me! Junior surgery has been my favorite third-year class all semester-but lately it's gotten even better. We recently graduated from goat and rabbit surgeries to cat and dog spays. Whoop! We are divided into groups of three for the semester and rotate though being the surgeon, assistant surgeon, and anesthetist for the procedures. This past month, every Friday afternoon cats and dogs from local animal shelters were transported to the vet school. The student scheduled to be surgeon that week took care of their assigned animal every morning and night. I was the assistant surgeon for our first shelter dog. Though we were nervous and the surgery took a little longer than what an experienced vet could do, everything went well, and our new spayed friend could go back into the world to be adopted. Several of my classmates got so attached to their surgery dogs that they ended up taking them home themselves. I wa... (Read More)

A Girl and Her Dog

A Girl and Her Dog February 23, 2010 started off as a very normal day.  I was at the Town Lake Animal Center in Austin, volunteering for Austin Pets Alive, an incredible rescue organization that finds homes for dogs at risk of euthanasia.  While walking the aisles lined by kennels, peering in to see the sad faces of the dogs that ended up there, I came across kennel 127 where a scruffy, brown dog wearing a red bandana stood staring at me.  His information sheet said that he was an 8 month old wire haired fox terrier mix that came to the shelter as a stray.  I couldn't pass him by, so I leaned down to say hello, totally unaware of the fact that this little dog would soon be a huge part of my life. I happened to finish my tasks for the rescue organization early, so I decided to take number 127 out to play.  From that moment on, there was no going back.  Number 127, who later became known as Oliver, had captured my heart.  I returned ... (Read More)

Wiener Fest 2012

Wiener Fest 2012 This Saturday, October 27th is a day many of us have been waiting for - Wiener Fest! This special event is the largest annual fundraiser benefiting the Aggieland Humane Society, formerly the Brazos Animal Shelter.  The money raised will directly support animals in our community and help build a new shelter. Wiener Fest will be held at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. It is a family-friendly day of food, music, fun and more importantly, the races. The highlight of the day is the Wiener Races. Tenacious dachshunds load into boxes and race to the finish line where their owners are excitedly calling them. The top two dogs in each heat will continue to the next round of races. There will be a Female, Male, Senior and Handicap winner. There is still time to sign up for the races - you can register the day of the race from 8 am - 10:45 am. You need to bring a copy of your dog's Rabies certificate in order to register. And don't worry - if you don't o... (Read More)

Five New Roomies

Five New Roomies First week of school started off pretty much the same as last year until I got the call from Krystle Gervais, the volunteer coordinator with the Brazos Animal Shelter.  She knew that I had recently moved off campus and asked if I would be willing to "foster" a momma cat and her four kittens.  I immediately wanted to say 'Yes!' - But, needed to be a good roommate and at least run it by the lovely ladies who live with me. Luckily, they love animals too and we were all on board.  We drove to the shelter later that day and picked up the cats. Along with the cats, came their gear: kennel, play boxes, litter, litter box, food, and even toys - it was a lot of stuff!   Krystle told us that they had been dropped off at the shelter and needed to go to a home where they could get some focused attention and the kittens could be socialized with people. The kittens were the cutest little fur balls ever but momma and the smallest kitten... (Read More)