Wish List: A Forever Home at Austin Zoo

Keeping the zoo's animal kingdom warm this winter

The Austin Zoo spares the lives of animals that have been abused, abandoned, or neglected.

Texas Parks and Wildlife and other governmental entities rescue abused animals and the Austin Zoo takes them in. These animals come from all across the nation and each one comes with a distinct story. From laboratory research animals that have been retired to animal cruelty cases, the local zoo offers them a place to call home.

“Our goal is to rescue animals that have no other place to go and provide them [with] a forever home,” director Patti Clark said.

The zoo has more than 300 animals and over 115 species. To help the animals stay warm this winter, the nonprofit is requesting items such as small electric heaters, heat lamp bulbs, linens, blankets, or pillow cases. Old or used items such as gardening tools, old hay for bedding, and certain meat and vegetable products are also useful. Additionally, animal sponsorships allow individuals, schools, local churches, and organizations to have a special impact on a specific animal. For individuals who want to donate their time, the zoo has an extensive volunteer program that allows volunteers to work daily shifts.

“It’s important to support the Austin Zoo because you are supporting our rescue efforts and providing these animals who would likely have no other place to go a safe haven,” Clark said.

Visit the Austin Zoo’s website for more details on how you can help and see the Chronicle’s Wish List for more ways on how you can impact local nonprofits in the greater Austin area.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Montinique Monroe
Decision Reached on Fate of Oakwood Cemetery's Unidentified Graves
Decision Reached on Fate of Oakwood Cemetery's Unidentified Graves
City will exhume and re-inter 25 bodies discovered in former "colored grounds"

May 26, 2017

Eastside Vibes: Come Experience the Culture
Eastside Vibes: Come Experience the Culture
Celebrations, food joints, & moves to make on the Eastside this summer

May 24, 2017


Austin Zoo, Patti Clark, Animals, Austin Chronicle Wish List

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle