Welcoming a New Chief Animal Services Officer by Amy
January 28, 2011, 6:38 pm
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After a long, nationwide search, the City of Austin has selected Abigail Smith to become Austin’s new Chief Animal Services Officer, a job with duties that include overseeing the municipal animal shelter and animal control.  Even though we are a separate non-profit, Emancipet partners closely with the City on many of our programs, including Free Days and Spay Street, our door-to-door outreach program; and our clinic is located on the land where the new shelter is under construction (and looking incredible, by the way).  Needless to say, we’ve been eager to find out who the new leader would be.  I’m happy to say that from what I’ve heard, we should be very excited about this selection.

Abigail has a reputation for a fierce commitment to saving the lives of animals in her current shelter, which appears to be matched by an understanding and commitment to preventing them from becoming homeless in the first place.  We don’t know Abigail personally yet, but we’re looking forward to getting to know her, and working alongside her to serve all the animals in our community, and we are optimistic about her potential to continue our City’s wonderful progress on animal issues.

Abigail has a lot of support here, starting with a committed staff at the shelter, and the board and staff at Emancipet.  And it’s a good thing – her’s is one of the toughest jobs in our community, and she’ll need the support and participation of the entire community to reach our ambitious and important goals for a humane community.

I hope you’ll join us in welcoming her, and in giving her the support she’ll need.


More Than Just Pets by Asha
January 7, 2011, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Outreach

I find that it is so easy with work, as with most things in life, to just go through the day completing tasks.  Marking something off of a task list has always been one of my very favorite feelings.  But sometimes in doing that, I forget the bigger, warmer, fuzzier picture. I forget that each day people who love their pets as much as I love mine turn to us to provide the very best care for their furry family members.  Today, we received the most excellent reminder of what this work is really about and I just had to share it with you.  Below is a poem written by a client by the name of Beth about her dog, Strawberry.

Strawberry”s Story

Strawberry was a feral wolf dog, an outcast from her home.

A babe in the woods she wandered, soon to have pups of her own.

Some good folks took her in at last. The pups were born and grew up fast

These folks had love, but they had no vet.  Who’d save the day???


Now Strawberry and her family will never be alone,

Together for a life-time in their forever home.

Their future will be bright, I bet, thanks to the folks at Emancipet.

God bless the staff, the volunteers and vet, and all the folks who support


Beth, like most of our clients, knew that Strawberry and her pups needed her help and she wanted to provide them with the very best. Her poem was a reminder that what we do is about more than “just pets.” It’s about the families who open their hearts and their lives up to pets who need them – and if you ask Beth, everybody wins!