Austin Animal Center asks community to delay turning in lost pets during Tropical Storm Bill

From the City of Austin:

In anticipation of Tropical Storm Bill, the Austin Animal Center is asking the community to delay surrendering or turning in lost animals for the next 48 hours due to the center being at capacity.

The City will be evacuating approximately 50 dogs from the Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., in preparation of possible flooding. The dogs will be temporarily moved to the Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop.

“If you find a lost pet or are planning to surrender a pet we are asking people to keep pets with them as long as they safely can before opting to bring a pet into the shelter” Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond said.

Additionally, the City is asking already approved foster volunteers and rescue partners to temporarily take a large to medium-sized dog for the next 24-72 hours.
Approved fosters should email Animal.Foster@austintexas.gov with the title: “TEMPORARY FOSTER.”  All animals will be available for pickup at the Austin Animal Center, Levander Loop location.

The Austin Animal Center will remain open today until 7 p.m.

Residents looking for lost pets should:

  • Visit austinanimalcenter.org
  • Follow @austinanimals on Twitter for regularly posted lost pets
  • Utilize the Finding Rover app that helps reunite pets with families.

For those wishing to offer immediate assistance, the Austin Animal Center is accepting new or gently used large/medium dog crates, clean towels and sheets.

Also, if you are considering adopting a pet, now is the time. Either go to the Levander Loop site or contact Austin Pets Alive at austinpetsalive.org. Also, Austin Pets Alive is seeking volunteers.

Normal hours of operation are from 11am to 7 p.m. daily at Austin Animal Center and 11:30am-7pm at Town Lake Animal Center.


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