Heavy storms always bring a lot of stray animals into the Austin Animal Center, and officials have put out an urgent call for help from the public to relieve over-crowding and maintain the city’s no-kill policy.
“We need help saving pets lives, now more than ever,” Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond said in a news release Wednesday. “The situation at the Animal Center today is serious; we are completely out of space for incoming pets right now. We have many beautiful, owned and well cared for dogs and cats sitting in kennels and cages waiting for their families to come and take them home.”
Shelter staff say they have taken in almost 150 animals in just two days during recent storms; many of the animals appear well cared for, like pets. Animals will be held for three days before being available for adoption or for rescue groups to pull. Anyone missing a pet is urged to check the shelter as soon as possible.
The city is waiving reclaim fees for spayed or neutered pets, and offering a discount for spaying or neutering for unaltered pets when claimed. Adoption fees are being lowered to $20 through Sunday, May 22.
They’re also putting out a plea for fosters, particularly for medium and large dogs, and urging people to spread the word about animals through social media, in an effort to reunite pets and their people. The shelter’s Facebook page is regularly updated with photos of animals that have come into the shelter, and you can browse adoptable animals. Fostering or adopting through the city’s two largest rescue partners, the Austin Humane Society and Austin Pets Alive, also can help ease crowding at the city shelter by opening up more spaces in those groups.
The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at 7201 Levander Loop.