Holiday pet safety tips, $5 adoptions from AHS



Posted on December 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 1:02 PM

AUSTIN -- The Austin Humane Society is celebrating the winter holidays with $5 pet adoptions. They also shared some tips with KVUE to help keep your furry friends safe during the holidays.

AHS' $5 Days of Christmas promotion starts Friday Dec. 20. Adoption fees are $5 for all animals at the shelter and those currently living in foster care.

Potential adopters will go through the standard adoption application process. Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, updated vaccinations, a microchip, and a collar and tags.

If you are already a pet owner, AHS reminds you to consider the following during the holiday season:

  • Keep holiday treats out of reach -- Chocolate can be dangerous for dogs and cats, and candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.       
  • Secure the Christmas tree -- No matter the size, trees are a tipping hazard, especially when cats and dogs try to reach shiny ornaments and bright lights.
  • Tie down the tinsel -- Secure tinsel out of reach of paws and claws. Cats especially like to play with tinsel. If swallowed, it can cause vomiting or diarrhea and may require emergency surgery.
  • Watch for electrical hazards -- Holiday lights and other decorations should be kept away from pets. If chewed on, your pet might suffer cuts, burns, or life-threatening shock.
  • Be careful with candles -- Pets can burn their snouts and paws or easily knock them over and start a fire. 
  • Opt for plastic plants -- When ingested, holiday plants like holly and mistletoe can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Choose plastic versions of your favorite holiday plants.
  • Don’t forget the ID -- Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver.

The Austin Humane Society is located at 124 West Anderson Lane in North Austin, or visit them online at