This is a blog for the Hard Luck Hounds, a program that is the product of Austin Animal Center, the largest open-intake, no-kill shelter in the United States (located in Austin, TX). Hard Luck Hounds is for the dogs that have been waiting in the shelter the longest–this may be because they are past the cute puppy stage, they're a pit bull, or they may have some behavior/medical issues. Too often, these dogs would wait for months for adopters that would never come and end up euthanized. That's where Hard Luck Hounds come in–we advocate for the unwanted dogs by giving them the extra push they need. Each HLH dog comes to you FREE of charge with all shots, microchip, new collar w/tags, crate, $150 worth of professional training, a FREE vet exam with a local vet, and of course, a lifetime of tech support any time you need it to ensure that the adoption works out.

23rd July 2013

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mariillustriousmakinami:

predictablecitylife:

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PLEASE SHARE. —URGENT – this girl is OUT OF TIME.Her name is Stevie. Stevie is blind and deaf (not completely). She was owner surrendered after living in a nice comfortable home for four years. Stevie nipped (didn’t break skin) the owner’s girlfriend….and now she is at the shelter.The owner indicated that she is relaxed and affectionate around dogs, cats, and children. She is housetrained. She may have some guarding behavior over food – but it has not been witnessed at the shelter. From volunteers: Stevie is very affectionate and loves companionship. We think she hears high pitched sounds. When there is a lot if barking going in she tilts her head and barks. She loves to walk on trail. Stevie walks amazingly well on leash. She uses her muzzle to check in with her handler and responds to slight tugs of the leash to change direction. I have had my hand in her bowl to hand feed her and she did not resource guard her food. Stevie is a 4yr old Catahoula mix. She is currently in kennel A04 (inside lobby) at Austin Animal Center 7201 Levander Loop.She needs a foster or adopter ASAP. Contact David Pasztor @ 512-731-1942

one of the dogs I’ve been making posts about.
personally i think the nip was made up as an excuse to get rid of her and/or was provoked bc she’s NEVER shown any resource guarding at all and reacts v well to human touch even when it is not expected 

Stevie has found placement!!!!! 
she will be going to the person who originally found her on the side of the road in Houston six years ago. 
she is safe. she is safe!

mariillustriousmakinami:

predictablecitylife:

Hard Luck Hounds

PLEASE SHARE. —URGENT – this girl is OUT OF TIME.

Her name is Stevie. Stevie is blind and deaf (not completely). She was owner surrendered after living in a nice comfortable home for four years. Stevie nipped (didn’t break skin) the owner’s girlfriend….and now she is at the shelter.
The owner indicated that she is relaxed and affectionate around dogs, cats, and children. She is housetrained. She may have some guarding behavior over food – but it has not been witnessed at the shelter. 

From volunteers: Stevie is very affectionate and loves companionship. We think she hears high pitched sounds. When there is a lot if barking going in she tilts her head and barks. She loves to walk on trail. Stevie walks amazingly well on leash. She uses her muzzle to check in with her handler and responds to slight tugs of the leash to change direction. I have had my hand in her bowl to hand feed her and she did not resource guard her food. 

Stevie is a 4yr old Catahoula mix. She is currently in kennel A04 (inside lobby) at Austin Animal Center 7201 Levander Loop.

She needs a foster or adopter ASAP. 
Contact David Pasztor @ 512-731-1942

one of the dogs I’ve been making posts about.

personally i think the nip was made up as an excuse to get rid of her and/or was provoked bc she’s NEVER shown any resource guarding at all and reacts v well to human touch even when it is not expected 

Stevie has found placement!!!!! 

she will be going to the person who originally found her on the side of the road in Houston six years ago. 

she is safe. she is safe!

Source: predictablecitylife

30th December 2012

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Dimple, a year-old cattle dog/pit bull mix (although the “pit bull” part is arguable–it’s probably not his primary breed) is a wiggle worm! 

Dimple earned his name when he came in to the shelter, emaciated and terrified, hunkering down and curling into a little black ball–like a dimple (I guess). Now he’s at a healthy weight, not-so-shy and ready to live life to the fullest! 

He is extremely intelligent and already knows some basic obedience on top of seeming housebroken. He picks up things quickly, is treat motivated, and responds well to positive training methods. 

Dimple is plays well with other dogs and has been kenneled successfully with them. He would be best in a home with no young children, however, because he still flinches if touched where he can’t see you. He is wary of strangers, but learns to trust quickly when he realizes he’s got good people around him. He is a med-high energy boy that would make a great jogging partner!

As a part of our Hard Luck Hound program, Dimple is free of charge to approved adopters with his vaccinations, neuter, microchip, collar, crate, training voucher, and lifetime support from our HLH team. 

Hard Luck Hounds is located in Austin, TX. We will adopt out to Austin and surrounding areas. 

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24th December 2012

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Hansum, a 4 year old bully mix of some sort, is almost the textbook definition of “gentle giant”–he is truly BIG (too big to be “just” a pit bull)! 

Hansum may look intimidating, but don’t let looks fool you: this boy has a calm personality and is easy to handle. He loves leaning up against you and getting butt scratches and seems to be good with other dogs. He also knows some basic obedience and seems housebroken.  

Unfortunately, he is a lethal combination: big, black, pit bull, and heartworm positive. Despite his good nature, he is the type of dog people either look over or avoid all together. However, we know who ever is lucky enough to adopt him won’t regret it–just look at that big, bully smile!

Hansum is free of charge to the right adopters and comes to you vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, with a new collar, crate, and $200 towards heartworm treatment on top of lifetime support for the HLH team.

We are located in Austin, TX, and will adopt out to Austin and surrounding areas. 

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24th December 2012

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Jackson is a chill 4 year old pit bull/australian cattle dog (although I see some possibly border collie?) 

Jackson is smart boy with a laid back personality. Sadly, after waiting months, he was adopted very briefly and only returned because one of the family members turned out to be allergic. They returned him with a heavy heart, because he is a fabulous dog!

He is good with kids, other dogs, and even small animals (did not go after chickens on property he lived on). He is pretty calm and well behaved–he is housebroken and knows some basic obedience! He is an affectionate dog with great manners who could fit in well with most families. 

Jackson is heartworm positive, which is NOT contagious and very treatable as well as preventable. Hard Luck Hounds will pay for up to $200 of heartworm treatment with adoption.

Jackson is free of charge to the right home with all shots, neuter, microchip, new collar, tags, crate, and lifetime support from the HLH team. 

We are located in Austin, TX, and will adopt out to Austin and surrounding areas. 

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19th December 2012

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Twilight update:

David P. (HLH founder) will be pulling her himself. She is going to be safe, but this is not a permanent solution. Please continue sharing her. Thank you to all!

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17th December 2012

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A video Twilight, who again, needs a foster home BY THIS FRIDAY, 12/21/12. It’s just about impossible to not fall in love with this girl after watching this–and yes, she’s like this all the time. 

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17th December 2012

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Posting this sweet baby again because she needs help NOW. Twilight is scheduled to be euthanized this Friday, 12/21/12, if she does not get in a foster home.


Twilight is an ~8 year old little black pittie on the smaller side. She came from a situation where she was underfed, allowed to get pregnant multiple times, and given no attention or medical care. As a result, she looks a little beat up upon closer look, but this old girl does not let anything get her down.

She has been waiting for her forever home for 7 months now, and her behavior has not deterioated in the shelter at all–she is wonderful with everyone, a sweet little love bug in every since of the word. She has been kenneled successfully with other dogs and LOVES her people (we think she’d be safe with kids, as well). She seems housebroken and will “sit” for a treat. She even tolerates dress up time.

Unfortunately, her hard life has taken a toll on her in other ways–Austin Animal Center’s vet say her prognosis is poor. She is heartworm positive, has an enlarged heart, and an unidentified abdominal mass. She may or may not live too much longer (she could make a recovery, as the shelter has labeled a dog as “terminally ill” before and then the dog made a complete recovery a led a happy life, although we certainly don’t promise that), but she DESERVES a happy ending in a home where she can live out her days in peace.

If someone were to take her into hospice care, Hard Luck Hounds WOULD pay for her treatment. 

We are looking for a foster home in Austin, Texas or the surrounding areas to give Twilight a (foster) home for the holidays. If you or anyone you know can help, please call David at 512-731-1942 or email at davidpasztor@hotmail.com. You can also contact me via my ask, but calling David is your best bet. 

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17th December 2012

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I am also happy to announce that Hard Luck Hounds has been able to add a couple new HLH dogs that you will see in the near future. 

17th December 2012

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Lazlo is adopted!! By a personal trained looking for an active companion! Lazlo had just had his first birthday in the shelter, so I’m stoked he’s out! Happy Holidays to Lazlo!! 

Lazlo is adopted!! By a personal trained looking for an active companion! Lazlo had just had his first birthday in the shelter, so I’m stoked he’s out! Happy Holidays to Lazlo!! 

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2nd December 2012

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Hard Luck Hounds will not be adding new dogs for a while. 

Staff with Austin Animal Center is unable to admit any more dogs in the program due to bad overcrowding problems in the shelter. It’s complicated and sad, but do not expect any more HLHs for a while. 

In better news, Kayly has been adopted to a nice single woman who has a lot of experience with positive training.