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Humane Society of Williamson County wins poetry contest; pet expo and adoption event in Georgetown this Saturday

While other animal shelters in the area run for cover in thunderstorms of controversy, the nonprofit Humane Society of Williamson County in Leander is celebrating sunny days, poetically speaking. The society recently won a top prize in the second annual Community TechKnowledge annual 5-7-5 Haiku competition with the apt and rapturous entry, “raining cats and dogs/ our umbrella breaks their fall/ shelter from the storm.” The puppy poetry purse was pretty precious – $2,000, which will help fund the HSWC adoption program.

The umbrella metaphor has another layer of meaning, for the HSWC recently formed a countywide shelter coalition: “We are trying to bring public and private shelters in Williamson County under a more formalized umbrella organization,” says board member Julia Whitley. The new coalition, Pet Alliance of Central Texas, will hold a pet expo and adoption event Saturday, Oct. 20, 10am-2pm at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, which, among other things, will include a “Blessing of the Pets” and demonstrations by bird dogs, agility dogs, and fly-ball dogs. For more info, check out their website at or download the flier here.

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