About Us

We've recently changed our name! In the video below, Melanie explains where we've come from, and why we're moving forward with Taurus Academy.

 

Taurus is a “home grown” Austin company—literally! William and Melanie McLeroy started the business out of their East Austin home in 1994 and have been working with Austin-area dogs and their families for over twenty years. We provide excellent care for dogs while improving their behavior as well as keeping them happy and safe.

We are interested in learning—of course about dogs, their care, behavior and training; and also about people, how to connect, teach, and learn from each other. Our internal education system is unparalleled, and, at our five locations in Central Austin, our friendly and knowledgeable Pack Members can answer any questions you might have about training and socialization. From potty training to running on the trail, we cover it all!

We are committed to our community, volunteering and partnering with many local and national non-profits to help create a better Austin for all of its inhabitants. Our focus on Spay/Neuter and LGBTQ+ issues help us connect with all facets of Austin’s varied populace.

In practice, our focus on behavior creates a community of polite, socialized dogs and educated owners that benefits all of Austin. We also strive to help the households we serve become happier through our expertise and connection with our clients, both canine and human.

Our Pack

Jeff Huenemoerder

Jeff Huenemoerder, VP of Operations

Jeff combines a background in science with a lifelong love of dogs.

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Kassy Coleman

Kassy Coleman, Development Coordinator

Kassy gave up being bored behind a desk for an exciting career getting dirty.

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Wallace McElyea

Wallace McElyea, Chief Learning Officer

Wallace is Taurus' "walking Wikipedia".

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Michele Hale

Michele Hale, Billing Administrator

As an Austin native, Michele has 20+ years of accounting experience and loves working at Taurus Academy because who doesn't love being surrounded by dogs?

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Loren Barry

Loren Barry, Lake Travis' Pack Leader

Loren is a cat person surrounded by dogs.

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Lindsey Ortiz

Lindsey Ortiz, Burnet's Pack Leader

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Rachael Hawkey

Rachael Hawkey, Lamar's Pack Leader

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Kaitlyn Deckert

Kaitlyn Deckert, McNeil's Pack Leader

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Jacob Lackey

Jacob Lackey, Metric's Pack Leader

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Crystal Dunn

Crystal Dunn, Bark&Zoom's Pack Leader

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