Event Details

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Hyatt Regency Austin | 208 Barton Springs | Austin, Texas 78704


Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction – Begins at 6:30pm

Mingle with fellow animal lovers and enjoy a specialty cocktail or two while strolling through our silent auction. From fabulous excursions to exclusive works of art – something is sure to catch your eye! Remember, all proceeds benefit the animals at the Austin Humane Society.

Dinner, Live Auction & Program – Begins at 7:30pm

Enjoy a fabulous plated dinner and catch up with friends. Then, settle in to hear stories of transformation and meet some of our most memorable animals from the last year during the Rags to Wags program. Have your paws ready and hang on to your hats – this year’s live auction is one to remember!


Meet the Bagan Family, our 2018 Rags to Wags ChairS

The Austin Humane Society is excited to welcome back this year’s Rags to Wags Chairs, the Bagan family. Jim, Meredith, Grace and Saxton helped raise more than $450,000 during Rags to Wags in 2017. We are thrilled these longtime supporters are back in 2018 to celebrate another momentous year and look toward an incredible future.


Meet Jim Spencer, your 2018 Rags to Wags emceE

KXAN’s Emmy Award-winning Weathercaster Jim Spencer has been forecasting Austin and Central Texas weather for nearly three decades, longer than anyone in the history of Austin television.

Jim joined KXAN in 1990, becoming the first weathercaster on Austin’s first hour-long morning newscast, News 36 Firstcast. In 1993, he became Chief Weathercaster, taking over the evening broadcasts, where he can be seen today. Prior to coming to Austin, he spent time at KADA-AM Radio and KTEN-TV.

Jim is a past recipient of the National Weather Association’s Weathercaster of the Year award. He’s been awarded three Emmys and has been nominated for several more. He is also a five-time winner of the Texas Associated Press Best Weathercast award, and has been voted Austin’s Best Weathercaster 18 times by readers of the Austin Chronicle. The list goes on!

Jim is on the board of directors of Service Dogs, Inc. He also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Helping Hand Home for Children, where he has also served as a “buddy” to abused and neglected children served by the Home. Jim has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children of Travis County. He has been a mentor in Austin’s Communities in Schools program and was named Langford Elementary School’s Mentor of the Year.

AHS is proud to have this animal lover and advocate emcee this signature event!


Meet your Cowboy Auctioneer, Heath HalE

We are proud to welcome back tonight’s Cowboy Auctioneer, Heath Hale. Heath and the Cowboys raise millions of dollars each year for charities in Texas and across the USA and they are grateful to be a part of our AHS family. When it’s time to bid, just look for the cowboy hats!