From the City of Austin Animal Services Office:
With many animals still unclaimed after the 2015 Halloween weekend flooding, the Austin Animal Center will waive the fee for owners reclaiming their lost pets through Wednesday, Nov. 4, to encourage pet-owner reunions.
The Austin Animal Center provided a place for animals that were displaced by the storms as well as took in almost 200 lost pets from the weekend storms. Many of these pets are still waiting for their owners to claim them.
“If you, a friend or neighbor is missing a pet, come to Austin Animal Center,” said Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond. “There are so many animals we know must have owners out there.”
Austin Animal Center is also offering free spay/neuter surgery for reclaimed animals.
Because of the influx in pets, Austin Animal Center has also requested emergency fostering from the community. Since Saturday, 54 pets have gone into temporary foster homes.
While the storm is over for now, Austin Animal Center is at capacity, with many more lost pets coming to the shelter every day.
AAC could use continued support. Here are five ways you can help the hundreds of animals housed at Austin Animal Center.
1. Walk shelter dogs. You don’t have to be a registered volunteer to help walk the more than 300 dogs looking for a kennel break. Come any day between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and walk available dogs. Volunteers and staff can help you get started and answer any questions.
2. Volunteer. The shelter is conducting volunteer orientations for lots of new positions, including shelter greeter, cat and dog enrichment specialist and adoption specialist. Visit http://www.austintexas.gov/department/volunteer to learn about volunteer opportunities.
3. Foster. The shelter houses more than 300 dogs at two locations, and many are there for several months, so the shelter is always in need of fosters who can take shelter dogs for a weekend or longer. Visit http://www.austintexas.gov/fosterpets to learn more about fostering a shelter pet.
4. Like the Austin Animal Center on social media. Follow AAC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share posts with friends and family. When you share, it helps bring lifesaving attention to cats and dogs seeking forever homes.
5. Donate. There are many ways to give. Donate to the Friends of the Austin Animal Center to help the most at-risk pets, including older cats and dogs and animals that have stayed the longest at the center. You can also donate much-needed items like bones, toys and beds through the Friends’ Amazon wish list. http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1OYN0JC9EG4KM/ref=cm_wl_sortbar_v_page_4?ie=UTF8&page=4&sort=rank
The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the website to view all pets available for adoption at www.austinanimalcenter.org or check www.facebook.com/austinanimalservices for daily animal updates.