Thursday, October 15, 2009

Travis County Youth Show Junior Superintendents

Opportunity for youth in the 8th-12th grades. The application must be completed and turned in by November 16, 2009 to the Travis County Youth Show Office. Application may be found at under the "forms" tab or on the TCYS website

Youth will be notified by phone on November 23, 2009 and invited to attend the December 2nd Board Meeting to meet the superintendents.


Please mail applications to
P.O. Box 1110
Manor, TX 778653

or Email to:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Travis Extension Education Association Bazaar

Saturday, November 14, 2009
9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue
Austin, TX

Great Holiday Decorations, Craft and Gift Items, Delicious Homemade Bake Goods, Breakfast Tacos, Hot Soups and Sandwiches, Desserts, Drinks.. and Much More

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Travis County One Day 4-H Activities

Please take a look at the 4-H Website - to check out some photos of the One Day 4-H Events. If you have photos you would like posted of one day activity, please email them to Cory at

4-H Photos Needed

The 4-H Office and the County Council are requesting photos of 4-H'ers in action as well as photos taken by 4-H'ers. Promotional posters will be put together and printed to use at various 4-H events. The goal of this project is develop a poster portraying the many aspects of 4-H and all that it has to offer. Photos must be sent via email and as a jpeg (will not be accepted in other forms). Please submit photos to Please note that not all photos may be used. Selection of photos used will be made by a professional photographer.

Helpful Hints Regarding H1NI

For more information, please check out the following websites:

AgriLife Extension's Texas EDEN Flu Resources for your clientele:
For additional flu information:

Here is a list of things we can all do to avoid spreading the flu, compiled by Carol Rice, Extension health specialist:

· Get the seasonal flu immunization as soon as possible and the H1N1 vaccination as recommended for you.

· Recognize early signs of flu: fever at 100F or higher, dry cough, sore throat, muscle aches and pain, headache, and cold symptoms. Stay at home until free from fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicines.

· Regularly wash hands with warm soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

· Provide and use disinfecting wipes on commonly touched/shared surfaces like door handles, copy machine buttons, phones, etc.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

· Shield coughs and sneezes with your elbow or upper arm rather than your hands; use disposable tissues and discard promptly after use. Keep tissues readily available.

· Avoid shaking hands.

· Maintain a distance of three to six feet from others who appear sick.

· Keep your immune system strong with regular exercise, adequate sleep, and a good diet.

Fostering Animals Through the Town Lake Animal Shelter

Below is some information about fostering animals through the Town Lake Animal Shelter. If this might be on interest to your family, please read below and feel free to contact the following individual:

Sarah Hammond
TLAC Foster Coordinator
512-972-6099 phone


What kind of animals need to be fostered?

Animals that benefit from foster care come in many shapes and sizes! The largest foster need TLAC has is for underage kittens and nursing mother cats and their kittens. We also need foster homes for underage puppies and nursing mother dogs and their puppies. Cats and dogs recovering from illness or injuries will enjoy recovering in the comfort of a foster home. In certain circumstances we simply need special temporary homes for a displaced pet.

What do foster homes need to do to become approved to foster for TLAC?

Fosters must live in Travis County, have a valid picture ID and have access to the Internet. All current animals in the foster home must have up to date rabies vaccinations. Foster homes should discuss fostering with their veterinarian – the veterinarian may suggest additional vaccinations or parasite protection for owned animals to protect them. If the foster home rents, we will need permission from the landlord to foster at the address. Ideally, there should be enough room in the foster home to separate them from owned animals.

How long is the typical foster period?

Average time in foster care is 2-4 weeks. If they become ill, it may be longer. Newborn kittens and puppies will need at least 8 weeks in foster care. Kittens and puppies need to be at least 8 weeks old to be eligible for adoption.

Who handles the veterinary care if a foster pet becomes ill while in foster care?

TLAC has a fully staffed vet services department and will handle all medical needs the foster animal requires at no expense to the foster home.

What happens if a foster’s owned animal catches a disease from a foster animal?

Any illness contracted by owned animals is the responsibility of the foster parent and their own personal veterinarian. All fosters animals are screened against certain contagious illness and the shelter’s recommendation is to keep owned animals separated from foster animals to avoid contamination.

What does the shelter provide in order to help care for the foster animals?

Cats and kittens are provided with food, both canned and hard food. Toys, bedding and litter boxes are all provided by the foster home. Dogs and puppies are provided with food, both canned and hard kibble. They also go home with a leash and collar. If appropriate, TLAC will provide a crate or exercise pen. Toys and bedding are provided by the foster home.

Do foster homes find adopters for their foster pets?

Animals return to Town Lake Animal Center for adoption. Foster homes should be able to provide pictures and behavior information about how the animal behaved in their home to help the shelter match the pets with potential adopters. In the event the foster home finds potential adopters for their foster pets, these adopters must come to TLAC to complete the TLAC Adoption Application Process.

Can foster homes adopt their foster pets?

Of course! By becoming a an approved foster provider, you are an approved TLAC Adopter!