Every fourth weekend of the month, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Austin Animal Center will host the “Desperate Housecats” program. The program introduces potential adopters to the special cats of the animal center. Foster "parents" and volunteers will be available to discuss how the cats behave in their homes and to showcase the foster cats at their best.
The Austin Animal Center is located in Central East Austin at 7201 Levander Loop at Highway 183 and Airport Blvd.
Not every cat that comes into Austin's City shelter responds well to shelter life. Lost, abandoned or surrendered pets sometimes have a very hard time coping with the noise, activity, and constant barking and meowing around them. Cats that are stressed out by the shelter environment can become withdrawn and less social.
Austin Animal Center has placed many of these sensitive cats into foster homes but they are desperate to get into a forever home of their own.
"When placed in a home environment, these cats are sweet and wonderful companions but you might not ever know that if you only saw them in the shelter," says Sarah Hammond, Foster Program Coordinator for Austin Animal Center. “However, it’s hard to get them adopted from a private foster home so we bring them into the Center for this program to allow them an opportunity to find a permanent home.”
The fee to adopt will be $35 per cat. Cats are spayed/neutered, micro chipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations.