Cedar Park, Texas, is a suburb that lies to the north of Austin. With a little distance between the two cities, Cedar Park doesn’t have quite the homeless animal problem that some other suburbs and cities in Texas have, but there are still animals in the area that are looking for new homes to call their own. Fortunately for these animals, there are a couple shelters in the Cedar Park area that can help.
Texas Humane Heroes is a private, non-profit organization with pet adoption centers across the Austin area and Killeen, Texas. This no-kill shelter seeks to give all pets a happy home. Texas Humane Heroes takes animals from overcrowded municipal shelters - some with save rates as low as five percent - and brings them in until they can find a new home. This organization also provides low-cost vaccination and spay and neuter services to those in need.
Central Texas SPCA has been helping animals in the area since 1988. As a non-profit, no-kill shelter, the Central Texas SPCA gives homeless animals a second chance at finding love and a home. All animals in the shelter have access to shelter, food, and medical care. The Central Texas SPCA doesn’t feel like a shelter environment due to the freedom the animals have in the facility. Instead of metal kennels, cats live in a communal condo area with all kinds of room for lounging, playing, and socializing. Dogs sleep and play in an indoor area that has plenty of room and beds. When the weather is nice, dogs have an outdoor area where they can run, swim, play, or lounge in as well. There is a two-acre area for these dogs to run and play without leashes.
Each November, the Pflugerville Pets Alive Dog Jog takes place in Pfluger Park! This dog-friendly 5k event starts at 8 am on a Saturday in early November. Registration starts at 7:15 am, which is followed by a pre-race warmup.
During the event, leashed dogs can run alongside their owners for a little exercise. Children are also welcome. Dress up to make the event extra fun! Throughout the event, there will be prizes given out for all kinds of different categories. There will also be a silent auction and pet vendors at the event.
Admission is $30 per adult, which includes a t-shirt. Youth runners from ages 7 to 15 cost $15, which also includes a shirt. Children under seven get in for free! Proceeds benefit the Pflugerville Pets Alive organization.
This March, Texas Humane Heroes is combining two of their events for one big celebration. Come to Rescue Roundup to participate in the Rescue Run and the Chili Cookoff!
The morning starts with the Rescue Run (a 5k race), which is also followed by the 5k Dog Jog. Starting at 8 am, there will be a Kid’s K run. At 8:30, the 5k race starts, and the Dog Jog is immediately thereafter. Cost for the Kid’s K is $15 per person. The Dog Jog and 5k race are both $30 per person. To participate in the race and get into the Chili Cookoff is $35.
The Chili Cookoff runs from 12 pm to 3 pm. Kids five and under get in free! General admission is $10 unless you have already paid for the double entry. To be part of the cooking, it is $30 per team.
Join the Dog Alliance at the Hounds and Heroes 5k and Family Festival on a Saturday in April. This event starts with a 5k run at 9 am, which includes the whole family - even your dog! At 10 am, there will be a Dog Costume Contest, where your pooch could win a prize for his or her great fashion choices!
Sign your dog up for the 11 am “Central Texas Dogs Got Talent” contest, where you can show off your dog’s best tricks! During the event, there will also be carnival games and demonstrations of different dog sports. Don’t forget to visit the vendors.
Pricing has yet to be determined.
Before you sit down to watch the big Super Bowl game, head over to the Austin Humane Society for the Puppy Bowl! Your whole family can take part in a fun, pre-game tailgating event at noon. There will be activities for both children and dogs, plus vendors on-site with great products and services for your four-legged friends!
Adoptable puppies will participate in puppy MVP battles and you can predict which puppy you think will outperform all the rest during the event.
While dogs are allowed at the tailgate, they won’t be allowed inside for the Puppy Bowl action.
Admission is free.
Get ready for an action-packed day at the Mardi Gras Dog Parade in Austin, Texas! Join Rocco the Pug and the Pug Rescue Austin in celebration of Mardi Gras by dressing up and bringing your pup (also dressed up) to the parade, which starts at the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company.
After the parade, stick around for an evening full of activities including the “Bark for Beads” event to win raffle prizes! There will also be a prize wheel where you can win great prizes from Tomlinson’s Feed. You also won’t want to miss the live music, Cajun food, King Cake.
Admission has yet to be determined.