Halstead has a home!
Two weeks ago, not far from the UT math department, I found (or rather I was found by) a very friendly stray dog (pictured below). Since it was raining and the nearby streets were busy, I fed the dog and then brought it to Austin’s Town Lake animal shelter. The next day I called the shelter to learn that if the dog wasn’t adopted within three days it would likely be euthanized. With the help of several other members of the UT mathematical community, dozens of emails, phone calls, and Internet postings were made in an effort to find the pup a home. (In fact, the mathematical blogsphere was represented in these efforts.)
We named the dog (who was found without tags or a microchip) after former UT mathematician George Halstead (who also had some trouble making a home in Austin). Our efforts were first met by several failed applications. While these were disappointing, they did buy Halstead an extended stay at Town Lake.
I just got off the phone with Town Lake and I am happy to report that Halstead has been adopted! She will leave for her forever home tomorrow. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this happen!
Unfortunately many of the pets at Town Lake will never get the second chance that Halstead will (although Austin Pets Alive! has been making great strides to change this). I encourage anyone considering adopting a pet to first visit Town Lake (or your local animal shelter).
Update 11/23/2009: Town Lake confirms that Halstead did leave the shelter yesterday with her new family.