Notes & Noticias: In Memory of Beto

Dear Friends,

I am sorry to share some sad news this week. A long time member of my family, my dog Beto, passed away from cancer this past Monday.

Below, read more about my best friend Beto, and how you can honor his memory through donating to the organization that helps more pets find loving homes, Austin Pets Alive.

In Memory Of Beto

This week was a sad one at my house as our 6-year-old dog “Beto” succumbed to cancer on Monday.

I found Beto running hungry and filthy on the streets of East Austin. I recognized him as the barking, chained puppy in an unfriendly neighbor’s yard. The neighbor moved out and abandoned his poor dog. Scared and hungry, Beto ran away at first when I offered him food. But as he grew more skinny over the next few days, he returned. Slowly, he trusted me enough to make my home his home and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

If ever a dog were man’s best friend, Beto was mine. Whatever difficulties of the day that I carried home from work were pushed aside at the sound of his tail thump-thump-thumping the floor as I unlocked the door. Anyone with a companion animal understands that warm reception.

I’m a longtime donor, volunteer and former board president for Austin Pets Alive because they do important work to save the lives of companion animals like Beto. Many more great dogs who were abandoned, lost and unwanted need a chance to find good homes. So this week I made a donation once again to Austin Pets Alive, this time in Beto’s name. And this week I’m asking my friends to do the same.

Donate online to Austin Pets Alive in Beto’s memory at Thank you for helping out pets like my Beto.

Spotlight On: Austin Pets Alive!

All animals deserve a loving home. This week’s community spotlight is on Austin Pets Alive, which has already helped over 4,400 pets find families this year.

The driving force behind APA is Executive Director Ellen Jefferson, who joined the organization in 2008. As she says, “I found that there was a huge need for programs that would help save the animals that have historically not been adopted from the Austin Animal Center.”

As a member of Austin’s animal advisory committee, Ellen has also been instrumental in helping Austin adopt “No-Kill” policies that prioritize adoption. As she explains, “APA has the programs in place that provide the safety net that help make Austin the largest no-kill city in the country.”

In honor of Beto, the contributions given in his memory will support programs that benefit large dogs. Bigger dogs are most at risk for being put down, even in the largest no-kill city in the country. They are the hardest to find adoptive homes for and usually require some amount of training. APA developed a Behavior Program to save these hardest to save dogs.

Some of the funds raised in Beto’s honor will go to treat heartworm, which is very common in dogs in Austin and costs only $150 per pet to treat at APA. Without treatment, a heartworm positive dog will die within 1-2 years. Your donations in Beto’s memory will help treat more pets and help them find permanent homes.

Thanks to Ellen and everyone at Austin Pets Alive for all of the work they do to make sure every animal finds a loving family.

Halloween Festival in Dove Springs

Halloween is almost here!

The City of Austin Parks & Recreation is holding a Halloween festival and costume contest at the Dove Springs Rec Center.

Halloween Festival
October 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Dove Springs Rec Center
5801 Ainez Drive, Austin Texas
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Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you in the community soon.