Put your paws up in celebration: Austin has been named DogTown USA 2014 by Dog Fancy magazine.
The premier pet periodical invited readers to nominate cities across the country for this year's contest. After closing the nominations, Dog Fancy editors researched and compiled data comparing dog-centered activities, dog-friendly businesses, dog parks, veterinarian specialists, pro-dog legislation, rescue programs to crown the ultimate canine city. "When stacked against the country’s top nominees for 2014, Austin stood out above the best," Dog Fancy said in a press release.
"When stacked against the country’s top nominees for 2014, Austin stood out above the best," Dog Fancy said in a press release.
“Thanks to innovative programs and dedicated animal lovers in both public and private organizations, the Austin community saves the lives of more than 90 percent of the animals who enter shelters, making Austin the largest metropolitan city to sustain a No-Kill goal,” said Ernie Slone, editor of Dog Fancy magazine.
Dog Fancy also noted Austin's penchant for outdoor activities, events and, of course, our bevy of dog-friendly patios. Austin City Council Member Mike Martinez thanked the magazine for the honor saying, “Years of dedication and hard work on behalf of the Austin Animal Center, Austin Pets Alive!, and so many other valuable partner organizations and volunteers have helped us achieve our animal welfare goals and fostered a pet-friendly environment citywide.”
As part of being named DogTown USA, the magazine will present Austin with a $5,000 check during a Strut Your Mutt event on September 13. The city will donate the winnings to Austin Pets Alive!. "We at Dog Fancy are inspired by Austin’s intent to improve the lives of dogs and hope the award serves as an inspiration to our readers, as well as to other cities," said Sloane.
Austin beat out Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Charleston, South Carolina and Minneapolis, Minnesota for the honor. Better luck next year, guys. We know losing can be "ruff."