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Animal shelter adding fun for pets

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) – The Williamson County Regional Anmaking plans to give dogs some room to roam while awaiting adoption. 

The shelter is raising funds to construct a dog run, trail and memorial park behind the shelter. Plans include two large play yards, a memorial garden and a walking path so volunteers and potential adopters can take dogs outside, walk and play with them in the yard. 

The Williamson County Commissioners Court allocated property for the project Wednesday during its regular meeting. 

The idea for a dog exercise area has been under development for the past two years, according to WCRAS.  Through fundraisers such as the Fur Ball and memorial donations, more than $19,000 has been raised toward the total projected cost of $100,000. 

Items such as bricks or benches will be available for sale to raise money for the project. Once the preliminary draft is completed, shelter director Cheryl Schneider anticipates volunteers will help with construction. Two Scout troops already have volunteered their services. 

“We don’t put a time limit on how long our animals can stay at the shelter.  We want them all to stay until they are adopted, and we are fairly successful moving toward that goal with a 95 percent save rate,” said Schneider in a released statement. “But to keep dogs mentally healthy, they need a place to run and play. The dog run, trail and park will be just for our shelter dogs so that they have that space to run when staff or volunteers take them out. It also will be a great place for families to get to meet a dog they are interested in adopting.”

Schneider hopes to break ground on the project in March. The project will be financed entirely through donations. Donations can be made online at www.wilcopets.org

The shelter is a joint project between Williamson County and the cities of Cedar Park, Hutto, Leander and Round Rock.  Regular shelter hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The shelter is located at 1855 S.E. Inner Loop in Georgetown. To reach the

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Homeless programs get $4.2 M from HUD

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Eighteen programs in Travis County will receive a portion of $64.7 million being given to Texas by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department for homeless programs. As many as 240 programs statewide will benefit from the funds.

The Austin area will get $4.2 million via the H.U.D. Contiuum of Care program as quickly as possible in order to prevent interruption in federal assistance, as announced on Tuesday. New projects will get the money in 2012.

“The grants we’re awarding today will literally keep the doors of our shelters open and will help those on the front lines of ending homelessness do what they do best,” said H.U.D. Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “It’s incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds.”

Last week, HUD announced its 2011 “point in time” estimate of the number of homeless persons in America.  Approximately 3,000 cities and counties reported 636,000 homeless persons on a single night in January of 2011, a 2.1 percent decline from the year before.  This documented reduction in homelessness was noticed among all population groups including individuals, families, and those experiencing long-term or chronic homeless.  In addition, HUD’s estimate reveals a 12 percent reduction in homelessness among veterans.

The money will be used to provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons, as well as:

  • job training
  • health care
  • mental health counseling
  • substance abuse treatment
  • child care

Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of homeless clients. These grants fund a wide variety of programs, from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.

The breakdown of distribution to Texas is as follows:

  • San Antonio/Bexar County CoC $ 6,618,864
  • Corpus Christi/Nueces County CoC $ 1,012,724
  • Austin/Travis County CoC $ 4,298,322
  • Victoria/Dewitt/Lavaca/Gonzales CoC $ 290,439
  • Dallas/Irving CoC $ 13,835,287
  • Fort Worth/Arlington/Tarrant County CoC $ 10,116,502
  • El Paso CoC $ 2,689,828
  • Waco/McLennan County CoC $ 606,764
  • Texas State CoC $ 2,152,498
  • Denton County CoC $ 609,336
  • Amarillo CoC $ 617,181
  • Houston/Harris County CoC $ 21,129,897
  • Bryan/College Station/Brazos Valley CoC $ 259,686
  • Montgomery County CoC

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Animal shelter adding fun for pets

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) – The Williamson County Regional Anmaking plans to give dogs some room to roam while awaiting adoption. 

The shelter is raising funds to construct a dog run, trail and memorial park behind the shelter. Plans include two large play yards, a memorial garden and a walking path so volunteers and potential adopters can take dogs outside, walk and play with them in the yard. 

The Williamson County Commissioners Court allocated property for the project Wednesday during its regular meeting. 

The idea for a dog exercise area has been under development for the past two years, according to WCRAS.  Through fundraisers such as the Fur Ball and memorial donations, more than $19,000 has been raised toward the total projected cost of $100,000. 

Items such as bricks or benches will be available for sale to raise money for the project. Once the preliminary draft is completed, shelter director Cheryl Schneider anticipates volunteers will help with construction. Two Scout troops already have volunteered their services. 

“We don’t put a time limit on how long our animals can stay at the shelter.  We want them all to stay until they are adopted, and we are fairly successful moving toward that goal with a 95 percent save rate,” said Schneider in a released statement. “But to keep dogs mentally healthy, they need a place to run and play. The dog run, trail and park will be just for our shelter dogs so that they have that space to run when staff or volunteers take them out. It also will be a great place for families to get to meet a dog they are interested in adopting.”

Schneider hopes to break ground on the project in March. The project will be financed entirely through donations. Donations can be made online at www.wilcopets.org

The shelter is a joint project between Williamson County and the cities of Cedar Park, Hutto, Leander and Round Rock.  Regular shelter hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The shelter is located at 1855 S.E. Inner Loop in Georgetown. To reach the

You can read the rest of this article at: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/williamson/animal-shelter-adding-fun-for-pets

Perry, Paul to hold town halls in New Hampshire

Perry, Paul to hold town halls in New Hampshire

September 30th, 2011 at 4:35 pm by under Politics

Gov. Rick Perry campaigns in New Hampshire on the day of his announcement to run for the presidency (AP Photo)

Gov. Rick Perry will be holding his first two town halls in New Hampshire over the weekend. The Texas governor must gain voters’ confidence in this early-voting state in order to bounce back from poor performances in recent GOP presidential debates.

Perry’s first town hall meeting is at 6 p.m. EST Friday at the Upper Village Town Hall in East Derry. His second is at 8 a.m. Saturday at the One Liberty Lane Conference Center in Hampton.

The Saturday event is expected to focus on the economy. It is sponsored by a limited-government group called “We the People.”

The group has scheduled other candidates in future town halls between now and November, including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Paul will be the second candidate to take part in the series at 6:30 p.m. EST, Oct. 3 at Nashua Community College.

Paul is also set for a town hall meeting this Friday at 6:30 p.m. EST at Thomas More College in Merrimack, during Perry’s event.

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