The Scoop: May, 2022 edition

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Every year, from spring through late summer, AHS is inundated with teeny, tiny

kittens. It’s Kitten Season, and over the next few months we will welcome hundreds

of newborn kittens into our shelter. These babies require constant care and support,

and they are the most fragile animals we serve. Our shelter staff members and

dedicated foster caregivers are working around the clock to make sure these kittens

grow big and strong.

To help raise funds for all of those babies, we’ll be hosting our 8th Annual Kitten

Shower, presented by Heritage Ranch by H-E-B and the Nicholas J. Juried Family

Foundation, on May 14th! This is a kitten-themed, family-friendly community

event featuring adorable kittens and cats, kitten yoga, children’s activities, a bakeoff

competition, kitten supply donation drive, and paw-some local vendors. Keep

reading to find out more about the activities we are offering this year and how to register to

participate. The kittens need your support! We hope to see you there!


Reserve your free ticket online, then join us for all the fun on May 14th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the AHS shelter (124 W. Anderson Lane).

Visit the link below to register for a free admission or V.I.P. ticket today!


Join us as we purrfect our downward

dog and cat pose during this 45-minute

stress-relieving class. You won’t want to

miss our precious back-up instructors:

kittens from AHS! We have two classes

to choose from, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

on Saturday, May 14th.

Head to the link below to register today!


The ultimate baking battle is coming to

AHS! Join us for our inaugural Bake-

Off, during which local bakers will enter

their most decadent bite, and you get

to help us decide the winner. Purchase a

tasting ticket and you’ll get to taste-test

each delicious bite and vote for your



Want to kick the kitten fun up a notch?

Upgrade your Kitten Shower experience

with our V.I.P. (Very Important Purrson)

tickets! Each ticket comes with a

paw-some Kitten Shower swag bag, a

commemorative gift, and a Bake-Off

Tasting Ticket.Supplies are limited, so be

sure to reserve your V.I.P. ticket today!

Get your tickets here: bit.ly/2022KittenShowerTickets




In 2022, our Community Cat Program is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and in March,

our team served its 75,000th cat! Prevention is a staple of the Austin Humane Society’s

mission, but many people still aren’t aware of this unique program. As we enter the height

of Kitten Season, we sat down with Community Support Program Supervisor Ashley

Steffey to learn more about the Community Cat Program at AHS.

What is the Community Cat Program?

The community cat program provides spay and neuter services to free-roaming, stray, or

community cats living in Travis County. Our program has spay/neuter appointments available to

members of the public who are interested in helping community cats in their neighborhood with

trap-neuter-return (TNR). We also partner with the Austin Animal Center to provide volunteer

trapping assistance to folks unable to trap cats themselves. All cats that come through our program

arrive in humane traps that are available to rent here at AHS. The cost is $20 per cat and each cat

receives spay/neuter surgery, a rabies vaccination, a dose of flea prevention, and an ear-tip. Thanks

to the generosity of Karen Pospisil and Roger Beasley, AHS also offers a limited program for

communities outside of Travis County.

Ashley Steffey,

Community Support Program Supervisor

Why is it such an important part of the Austin Humane Society’s mission?

There are many reasons this program is such an important part of AHS, and it starts with

prevention! Our program prevents hundreds of kittens from being born on the streets and coming

into the shelter system every year. I have seen first-hand how this program improves the lives of

community cats and the people who care for them. For most of these cats, this is their one chance

to receive veterinary care. After the trap-neuter-return process is completed, these cats are

returned to their outdoor homes. They are free to live their lives without having multiple litters of

kittens every year or fighting for mates.

What should people do if they see a Community Cat in their neighborhood?

The first thing you should do is look to see if the cat has an ear-tip – a flat clip on the left ear. This

is the universal indicator that this cat has already been spay/neutered and vaccinated. If the cat’s

ear is not clipped, you can ask neighbors in-person or via apps like Nextdoor if the cat(s) is owned

or stray. If the cats are not owned and not ear-tipped, they can be brought into our spay/neuter/

return clinics. Our clinics are offered every Tuesday and Thursday. Helpful clinic information and

appointments are available on our website at austinhumanesociety.org

Kitten Season is upon us - what should people do if they see kittens in their neighborhood?

First, try to estimate the kitten’s age (there are great resources available online to help you do this).

Kittens under 6-8 weeks have the best chance of survival if they are with their mother. It is great to

monitor the kittens, but leave them where they are unless they are in danger. Most often when you

see kittens, mom is nearby hunting for food or hiding from people. Give her plenty of space and

time to return. If she does not return all day or overnight, the kittens may have been abandoned. If

the kittens are sick or in danger call 311 for assistance. You can text “foundatx” to (844) 764-2125

for additional resources. If you have kittens that you think would be good candidates for our foster

or adoption program, email animalservices@austinhumanesociety.org.

Become a Kitten Season Sponsor at bit.ly/KittenSeason2022

75,000th Cat Served!



The Austin Humane Society’s beloved Summer Kids Series is back in-person

for 2022! Our 10th Annual Summer Kids Series, presented by the Turner

Family, kicks off on June 7th.

Presented by


This summer’s sessions will take our Humane Heroes on an epic adventure

to learn what it means to care for a pet of their own and explore ways to help

animals in need. Each week, kids can participate in a variety of educational

activities and earn their Cat Care and Dog Care certificates. We’ll also be

featuring interactive sessions with our partners, art projects, story times, yoga

and so much more. We’re thrilled to be bringing back our beloved Teddy Bear

Surgeries and Outdoor Movie Night (June 23rd), sponsored by our friends at

Q2. The fun will culminate with our Summer Kids Series Graduation, which

will be held at the AHS shelter on August 3rd. Head to our website to register

your Humane Hero today!

Register: austinhumanesociety.org/SKS2022


If you’ve driven by the AHS shelter, you may have noticed we’ve gotten a little makeover! A new mural

– made possible by our friends at Roger Beasley Mazda Dealerships – now adorns the Georgian Avenue

wall of the shelter. This beautiful work of art was created and painted by artist Lauren Mastro and was

dedicated during out AHS Car Raffle Drawing Party on April 9th. Be sure to stop by to check it out in

person if you haven’t already!


Congratulations to Julie S., the winner of our 18th Annual AHS Car Raffle, powered by Roger Beasley

Mazda! The winning ticket was selected during our drawing party on Saturday, April 9th at the AHS

shelter. Julie is the winner of a 2021 MX-5 Grand Touring Convertible. Thanks to our incredible partners

at Roger Beasley Mazda, we were able to raise over $85,000 to benefit the animals of the Austin

Humane Society!


Austin Humane Society | 124 W. Anderson Lane | Austin, TX 78752 | 512.646.PETS (7387) | www.austinhumanesociety.org | media@austinhumanesociety.org

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