Bastrop County Animal Center Raises Funds for Spaying and Neutering Pets

Bastrop County Animal Services will host an ’80s-themed charity event called The Hair Ball on October 22 to raise funds to provide free spaying and neutering of pets.

The shelter has just under 400 dogs and cats in its care, about half of which are in foster homes across the county. Ashley Hermans, the center’s director, said there are far more animals than should be in the shelter’s care and there has recently been an increase in the number of dogs and cats arriving.

“We offer specials and try to entice and encourage people to adopt animals,” Hermans said. “But honestly, we take in more animals than we can adopt.”

Spaying and neutering pets in the county, Hermans said, will help solve the area’s stray animal problem. She said most of the animals at the shelter are litters of puppies and kittens that people had no intention of caring for. Since September 1, the shelter has welcomed 562 dogs and cats.

“Neutering and neutering is how we’re going to solve the pet overpopulation problem,” she said. “It’s really because nothing else approaches it in the same way.”

The Hair Ball fundraiser will take place at Back 9 Bar, 834 Texas 71 in Bastrop. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

In keeping with the theme of the evening, a tribute band to 80s rock band Def Leppard, called Def Legend, will take the stage. Entrants are encouraged to pull out their best 80s outfits – the bigger the hair and the brighter colors the better. Food trucks will be open and several raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the door or online at

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to cover free neutering and neutering for pet owners who cannot afford the procedure. Neutering and neutering will be done by Save an Angel, a partner organization of Bastrop County Animal Services.

Hermans said people should come to the event for a healthy dose of nostalgia and fun, but the night is all about the animals and their welfare.

“Dogs and cats will do what dogs and cats normally do, which is do more,” Hermans said. “And that’s the biggest challenge for any animal service agency: just the number of animals that are born… We can reduce the number of animals that come in so that we can have a lot more time and resources to dedicate to them.”

Benjamin M. Yerger