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Bark&Zoom Celebrates Grand Opening



Scott Airport Parking announced the grand opening of the newest, fastest pet hotel and parking facility in Austin. Bark&Zoom, Austin’s One-Stop Park and Pet Hotel, is the newest covered parking facility located on Austin-Bergstrom International Airport grounds.

Bark&Zoom is a state of the art pet hotel which also includes covered airport parking. The pet hotel will be operated by Taurus Academy, an Austin “home grown” company with over 23 years in the pet care and training industry. Founded by career dog trainers, their focus has always been on enriching the lives of Austin pets and pet owners through the social and behavioral as well as physical health of their clients. Their staff engages in ongoing health and behavior education to keep their operations cutting edge and to ensure that they stay at the forefront of their industry. “We’ve always been dedicated to making dogs’ and peoples lives better in the Austin community. This opportunity gives us the perfect chance to take that one step further,“ said Melanie McLeroy, co-owner of Taurus Academy.

The environmentally friendly facility will feature dog and cat boarding, a pet pool, Indoor and Outdoor play yards, Zoom Valet at self-park rates and Car Care Services. Bark&Zoom has also partnered with ZippiVet for daily scheduled appointments and emergencies. The covered airport parking portion of Bark&Zoom will be managed by its sister facility, Park&Zoom. The convenience of closer covered airport parking and pet boarding services under one roof means time and savings for ABIA travelers who are also pet parents. The new facility will be open 24/7, so both your car and your best buddy will be ready and waiting when you arrive back home. Services will be available to the general public, not just those traveling through ABIA. Best of all, there are no breed restrictions at Bark&Zoom.

“When we sought a new parking service that offered our customers something they had never had before in Central Texas, Scott Airport Parking delivered with Bark&Zoom,” said Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “This public/private partnership has transformed previously unused airport property into a service for pet owners flying Austin.”

“We are excited to bring this innovative addition to ABIA which will provide a cost and time saving convenience for the traveling pet owners of the greater Austin area,” stated Bradley Scott, President of Scott Airport Parking.

Bark&Zoom is located at 2601 Cardinal Loop, just across from the airport on Highway 71, making one-stop drop off and pick up a breeze. Reservations will be required to board your pet. Reservations and other boarding requirements can be found online at or over the phone at 512-817-BARK (2275).

Bark&Zoom is also heavily involved with three local Austin area charities: LifeWorks, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, and Helping Hand Home. Bark&Zoom will donate $1 to these charities for each of the first 15,000 customers that sign up for the frequent parker ZoomClub.

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Officials: Keep Pets Out of Lady Bird Lake

Owners strongly advised to keep pets out of Lady Bird Lake.



The City of Austin is advising pet owners to not allow pets to swim in or drink water from Lady Bird Lake after being notified that two dogs have died after swimming in the lake. The City cannot confirm the cause of either death.

On Sunday, City of Austin scientists investigating the water quality noted the presence of clumps of algae in Lady Bird Lake. Preliminary results indicate the algae is a type of blue green algae of the genus Oscillatoria. This type of algae can release a neurotoxin. The neurotoxin in this type of algae can be harmful to pets and people if a sufficient quantity of water or algae is ingested.

The algae is especially prevalent near Red Bud Isle, covering up to 40% of the water surface in that area. It also tends to be more abundant near shorelines and in areas with low water flow. The situation is evolving. We have not seen any impacts to aquatic species at this time.

There have been blue-green algae blooms in Austin in previous years, but we have not been aware of any effects from neurotoxins. Algae tends to be more prevalent in late summer and early fall and when flows are low.

Austin Water regularly looks at algae levels on Lake Austin and Lake Travis and has not seen levels of concern for drinking water. Austin Water does not use Lady Bird Lake as a source for drinking water.

The current algae bloom appears to be confined to algae growing on the bottom of the lake and then floating in clumps to the surface. Scientists have taken samples of both the algae and the water near the algae in Lady Bird Lake. Results from the analysis for the actual presence of the toxin should be available early next week.

Dogs who ingest water contaminated with this toxin could have a number of symptoms. On the severe end, it could result in respiratory paralysis and death. Look for these signs in your pet within minutes to hours of exposure:

  • Excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Jaundice, hepatomegaly
  • Blood in urine or dark urine
  • Stumbling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Photosensitization in recovering animals
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Progression of muscle twitches
  • Respiratory paralysis

Until the City has more information, it strongly advise that pets stay out of the water. At this time, the City have no reason to believe that boating is unsafe. However, people should not be swimming in Lady Bird Lake. It is illegal. When out on the lake, people should take care to avoid ingesting water or coming into direct contact with the algae. The degree of risk to human exposure, such as through accidental swallowing of lake water, cannot be known until the tests results are available and analyzed.

Source: Press release

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Austin Animal Center Full, Reduces Dog Adoption Fees



The rain and flooding has forced the city to relocate all 55 of the dogs housed at the Town Lake Animal Center to a large community room at the Austin Animal Center campus on Levander Loop. This in addition to the more than 50 dogs that have been brought in to the shelter.

This means that there no available kennels for dogs coming in over the next few days and the city is asking for the community’s help. “The Austin Animal Center is currently very full, says Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond. “If you find an animal in your neighborhood, please call 311 or use the Austin 311 app to create a Found Animal Report. Please try to find the owner and work with your neighbors and friends to find a safe place you can keep the animal for a few days before bringing it to the animal shelter.”

The Austin Animal Center is calling on anyone interested in fostering a dog to come to the Center through Tuesday, April 26, 2016 and staff will process foster applications on the spot, sending people home with dogs that same day. “We have so many dogs that need a safe place to stay for a few days. Currently, there are dozens of sweet, senior dogs who would benefit enormously from being in a home instead of a kennel. Fostering right now is truly lifesaving,” asserts Hammond.

The center has also reduced the adoption fee for dogs to just $20 through Friday, April 29, 2016. The Austin Humane Society will also be matching the reduction of adoption fees to $20 for dogs and cats.

Can’t foster but looking to help? Here are five ways you can help Austin shelter pets today:

[gdlr_dropcap type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background=”#000000″]1[/gdlr_dropcap]Donate clean, flat sheets and wire crates. Both items are in high demand and you can drop them off at any time.

[gdlr_dropcap type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background=”#000000″]2[/gdlr_dropcap]Bring enrichment items and treats like Kong toys and Nylabones for the dogs. You can pick them out yourself or easily donate through Friends of the Austin Animal Center wish list.

[gdlr_dropcap type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background=”#000000″]3[/gdlr_dropcap]Come help care for the dogs. Dogs still need bathroom breaks even in the rain, so people are encouraged to put on rain coats and take a trip to AAC to help walk dogs.

[gdlr_dropcap type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background=”#000000″]4[/gdlr_dropcap]Adopt. If you’ve been thinking of adding a family member, now is the time to help save a life. The Center has all breeds, ages and sizes so families are sure to find the right fit.

[gdlr_dropcap type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background=”#000000″]5[/gdlr_dropcap]Spread the word. Follow Austin Animal Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share posts to help Austin pets find fosters and adopters.

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Keep Austin Adopting: Free Adoptions During ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon



The Austin Animal Center and the Austin Humane Society are joining forces this weekend to help find homes for more than 500 homeless animals October 17-18, 2015 during the ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon event sponsored by Subaru. Animals will be available at partner locations including Austin Animal Center, the Austin Humane Society, the Sustainable Food Center’s Downtown Farmers’ Market, Blue Cat Café, and select PetCo and Petsmart stores. All adoption fees for ready-to-go pets will be waived and each adoption includes spay/neuter surgery, leash, collar, ID tag, microchipping, and vaccinations.

Austin Animal Center has more than 350 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens ready for adoption. The center is located in East Austin at 7201 Levander Loop and will be open from 11 AM to 7 PM on both days. The adoption special will also apply to all pets at the overflow kennels at Town Lake Animal Center at 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St. The facility is also open daily from 11:30 AM to 7 PM daily.

Austin Humane Society has set a goal of finding homes for over 325 animals this year. Located in North Austin at 124 W. Anderson Lane, the Austin Human Society will be open from NOON to 7 PM on both day. AHS also will be adopting cats at the new Blue Cat Café in East Austin on Sunday, October 18 to help increase adoptions.

Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Ln. Sat & Sun 12 NOON – 7 PM
PetCo Arboretum, 9828 Great Hills Trl., #400. Sat & Sun 9 AM – 9 PM
Petsmart Ohlen, 1628 Ohlen Rd. Sat & Sun 9 AM – 9 PM
Petsmart Parmer, 12901 N I-35, Bldg. 7 Ste. 700. Sat & Sun 9 AM – 9 PM
SFC Farmers’ Market, Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St. Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM
Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St. Sat & Sun 11:30 AM – 7 PM
Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Lp. Saturday 11 AM – 7 PM
Blue Cat Café, 95 Navasota St. Sunday 9 AM – 9 PM

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To kick off the weekend, South Austin Brewery with host an Ales & Tails kick-off party from 5:30-10 PM with live music, drink specials, and adoptable pets.

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South Austin Brewery presents Ales & Tails

South Austin Brewery kicks off the Humane Society’s Mega Match-A-Thon adoption weekend with $4 pints of beers, live music by Sic Pop, Way Past Yonder and the Crimson Devils, adoptable pets and food from One Taco. A portion of proceeds from this event will go towards the Humane Society. South Austin Brewery, 415 E Saint Elmo Rd, Austin TX 78745. Friday, October 16, 2015. 5:30 PM. FREE.

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