College Station, Texas, is home to Texas A&M University, whose mascot happens to be a Rough Collie named Reveille, but the original Reveille was a rescued mix-breed like many of the homeless dogs in the area today! Animal shelters were not nearly as prevalent in the early 1930s, however. Now there are two shelters in the area that care for homeless pets: Aggieland Humane Society and Bryan Animal Shelter.
The Aggieland Humane Society began as Brazos Animal Shelter in 1981 to care for homeless animals from College Station, City of Bryan, and Brazos County, as well as other surrounding towns. The name was changed to Aggieland Humane Society in 2012, but the mission stayed the same: care and find homes for homeless and abandoned animals. As a non-profit shelter, Aggieland Humane Society relies on donations, fundraising, and adoption fees to continue caring for animals.
As part of the City of Bryan, the Bryan Animal Shelter works closely with the Animal Control Department of the city. Strays picked up by Animal Control are brought to the shelter and cared for until they can be found forever homes. The Bryan Animal Shelter houses dozens of animals at a time and works to provide medical care to any animal in need that enters the shelter.
If you are interested in bringing a new pet into your home, consider visiting the Aggieland Humane Society or Bryan Animal Shelter. Staff will help match you with the best pet for your lifestyle and family.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day each year with the Smooch-a-Pooch event at Morris Buzz Hamilton Dog Park. Let your dog run wild through the dog park, while you mingle with other dog owners. Don’t forget to pucker up and hit the Kissing Booth for fun photos with your dog. There will be dog treats and Valentines-themed crafts for children.
Stop by between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to join in on all the Valentine’s fun. The Bryan Animal Shelter will be on location with adoptable pets that you can take home that day for free! All adoption fees are waived for dogs at the event.
While the event is free, a $2 donation is requested for all Kissing Booth photos.
College Station hosts the Strut Your Mutt run/walk each year to help raise money for the Long Way Home Pitbull Rescue. The run takes place at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater each January, and it welcomes dogs of all sizes and breeds to participate as long as they have up-to-date vaccinations and are on a leash. Dogs are not permitted off leash at any point during the event.
Registered runners will receive a free event t-shirt. Race prices will be announced closer to the date of the race. Kids are welcome to participate in the run at a discounted price.
As summer wraps up, bring your dog for a swim at the Cindy Hallaran Pool in College Station, Texas, as one final hoorah! One evening each August, the pool opens up for dogs to swim before they close the pool for the summer. There will be toys, treats, and door prizes at the event.
Admission is only $2.50 per dog and $1 per person. The pool is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the dogs to swim and play with new friends.
Dogs must be leashed prior to entering the pool and before leaving. Please leave collars on during the swim.
At the end of each summer, Aggieland Humane Society goes in search of new Bark Leaders. This dog-to-dog fundraiser finds the next set of dogs to represent the Aggieland Humane Society for the next year. They are featured in publications and at events throughout the year. Winners receive prizes and a professional photo-shoot!
It is free to enter the contest and all proceeds from the event go to the Aggieland Humane Society. Alpha, Senior, and Junior Bark Leaders are announced at the Wiener Fest in October at Wolf Pen Creek Park’s Amphitheater.
If you don’t want to enter your dog, you can still help other dogs win by donating to their cause.
Join the Aggieland Humane Society for its biggest event of the year: Wiener Fest! Each year in October, dogs and dog owners flock to the annual event at Wolf Pen Creek in College Station, Texas. Events at the festival include Wiener Races and Wanna Be Races for non-dachshund competitors. There is also a costume contest, so dress up your pup in their best outfit.
Enjoy live music while you browse through a variety of vendors for both pets and people. Grab your collectable Wiener Fest t-shirt and celebrate one of the most lovable dog breeds around.
The day begins at 10 a.m., and registration fees will be announced closer to the event date.