Community steps up for furry friends stranded in floods

AUSTIN -- Workers at Austin Pets Alive scrambled to get animals to higher ground on Monday after about a foot of rain flooded the shelter.

After evacuation efforts, APA was in need of homes for 162 animals.

They sent out an alert for foster car, and the community response was overwhelming.

"Before midnight we had 211 foster applications completed," said Faith Wright with APA. "There was a line in our parking lot, [people] waiting to get in and take a dog home; so many of our dogs are gone."

Photos of the line of people waiting outside the shelter went viral on social media. APA said Wednesday that they still have a few dozen pets in need of temporary homes.

During the flooding, Austin Animal Center had to take back 60 overflow dogs that were being housed at Austin Pets Alive. Those pooches are now back at APA.

Anyone who lost a pet during the storms is advised to check all area animal shelters first. The city also provides free microchipping; something officials highly recommend owners use to help find lost pets quickly and keep them out of shelters.

APA is now waiving adoption fees for those who wish to adopt an animal they fostered between Monday and Wednesday.


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