The rain and flooding has forced the city to relocate all 55 of the dogs housed at the Town Lake Animal Center to a large community room at the Austin Animal Center campus on Levander Loop. This in addition to the more than 50 dogs that have been brought in to the shelter.
This means that there no available kennels for dogs coming in over the next few days and the city is asking for the community’s help. “The Austin Animal Center is currently very full, says Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond. “If you find an animal in your neighborhood, please call 311 or use the Austin 311 app to create a Found Animal Report. Please try to find the owner and work with your neighbors and friends to find a safe place you can keep the animal for a few days before bringing it to the animal shelter.”
The Austin Animal Center is calling on anyone interested in fostering a dog to come to the Center through Tuesday, April 26, 2016 and staff will process foster applications on the spot, sending people home with dogs that same day. “We have so many dogs that need a safe place to stay for a few days. Currently, there are dozens of sweet, senior dogs who would benefit enormously from being in a home instead of a kennel. Fostering right now is truly lifesaving,” asserts Hammond.
The center has also reduced the adoption fee for dogs to just $20 through Friday, April 29, 2016. The Austin Humane Society will also be matching the reduction of adoption fees to $20 for dogs and cats.
Can’t foster but looking to help? Here are five ways you can help Austin shelter pets today:
Donate clean, flat sheets and wire crates. Both items are in high demand and you can drop them off at any time.
Bring enrichment items and treats like Kong toys and Nylabones for the dogs. You can pick them out yourself or easily donate through Friends of the Austin Animal Center wish list.
Come help care for the dogs. Dogs still need bathroom breaks even in the rain, so people are encouraged to put on rain coats and take a trip to AAC to help walk dogs.
Adopt. If you’ve been thinking of adding a family member, now is the time to help save a life. The Center has all breeds, ages and sizes so families are sure to find the right fit.
Spread the word. Follow Austin Animal Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share posts to help Austin pets find fosters and adopters.