Imagine a lovely spring afternoon watching dozens of adoptable shelter dogs dressed in their Easter best as they joyously sniff for treat-filled pastel eggs. Sound like a great way to spend a Saturday? The Austin Animal Center thinks so, too! Due to the rousing success of last year’s Easter Egg Hunt, they’ve decided to make it an annual event, and this year promises to be even better – and cuter!
The festivities begin at 11 AM on Saturday April 15 and continue until 2 PM. There will be two separate hunts – one for the big pups, and one for the shelter’s “tiniest tots.” The dogs will bask in the fresh air and use their super-sniffing powers to search out hundreds of colorful plastic Easter eggs and egg-shaped treat dispensing toys loaded with donated goodies.
Each pup has a volunteer or staff member to escort them on the hunt and help them safely enjoy their stash. The escorts will also facilitate meet and greets with the public and tell you everything you want to know about the adoptable dogs.
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt provides a unique enrichment opportunity for the dogs to stretch their legs, work on their socialization, and utilize those powerful noses as they search for some well-deserved snacks. Should you find your new best friend during the festivities – whether dog, cat, bunny or bird – all adoption fees are waived!
Guests are invited to bring along any type of cat or dog treats and/or fresh veggies for the bunnies. Visit the Austin Animal Center Amazon wish list to see which items are most needed.
Even if you aren’t in the market for a new pet, you can still enjoy this family-friendly event. There will be a bunny petting station and crafts for the kids, treat feeding and dog walking opportunities, and a chance to provide some snuggles and enrichment to the shelter kitties.
It’s a great way for children to learn about the importance of animal rescue while helping to ensure the shelter pets have a wonderful Easter.
“At many animal shelters the holidays are a bleak time,” Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond says. “They’re closed, the animals get little love or attention. At AAC, we think of Easter as a time to celebrate our pets and help them know they’re loved.”
Nearly 100 dogs got out of their kennels to participate in last year’s Easter Egg Hunt, which means the world to a shelter dog. Better still, the event resulted in dozens of adoptions! Here’s hoping this year will be an even bigger success!
Austin Animal Center is located at 7201 Levander Loop Bldg. A in Austin, TX. Follow them on Facebook for more information and upcoming events.