Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, the Lone Star State. The city dates back to the 1830s, when the first Anglo-American settlers arrived in the area, then part of Mexico. In 1837, settlers founded the village of Waterloo on the banks of the Colorado River, the first permanent settlement in the area. By 1839, Waterloo would adopt the name Austin and the frontier town would become the capital of the Republic of Texas. The City is named for Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas.”

Skyline of the City of Austin at dusk

Austin is in Travis, Hays and Williamson counties. With a population of 820,611 (2011 U.S. Census), it’s the 13th most populous city in the United States; the fourth most populous city in Texas. Learn more about Austin’s demographics.

Austin’s mild climate allows you to enjoy outdoor activities virtually year round. Austin has 300 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 71 degrees in November.

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Austin Animal Center is asking the community to be part of ensuring animals receive needed exercise as it seeks volunteers to help with walking dogs.

The AAC will host two dog-walking information sessions for possible volunteers to walk medium to large dogs from 7 to 8 p.m. July 15 and from 9 to 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at 7201 Levander Loop location.

Because of the high volume of dogs in the shelter, more help is needed to ensure dogs get out for bathroom breaks and to stretch their legs throughout the day.

As Austin’s only open-intake shelter, the City relies on rescue partners including Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Humane Society to take many of the 18,000 animals — about 50 animals a day — that come into the shelter.

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