Austin animal shelters brace for July 4 surge

AUSTIN -- Austin animal shelters are at critical capacity after the Memorial Day weekend floods, and the Fourth of July weekend could make the problem worse.

Austin Pets Alive! has stepped into help the Austin Animal Center, which is at critical capacity. APA pulled 10 dogs from the center on Thursday and is expected to take 50 more this week -- increasing its own intake by 20 percent.

Both are calling upon the community to help. APA! said that in addition to the floods, the upcoming holiday weekend could cause the city shelters to take in even more animals.

"We are so grateful to Austin Pets Alive for working with us during this challenging time," said Tawny Hammond, the city's chief animal services officer.

This holiday weekend, pet owners are asked to keep their animals secure, so they don't bolt once fireworks start popping. Pet owners should also make sure all animals have a collar and tag.

In order to reduce overcrowding, the organization is asking for support through donations, fosters and adoptions. APA, the Austin Animal Center and the Austin Humane Society are running a joint adoption special through July 31. All ready-to-go dogs and cats have a special adoption fee of $25. Among the three shelters, there are more than 1,700 animals in need of homes.

  • Austin Pets Alive! is located at the Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St. The center is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Austin Humane Society is located at 124 W Anderson Ln, in North Austin. It's open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sundays.
  • The Austin Animal Center in East Austin is located at 7201 Levander Loop and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  • The City also maintains the Town Lake Animal Center at 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., as an overflow animal adoption location.

How you can help:

  • Check out this list of adoptable animals online at Austin Pets Alive!
  • Go here to search for animals needing homes at the Austin Animal Center.
  • Apply to foster an animal through APA! until it is adopted. AAC is also looking for foster homes here.
  • Go here for more information on keeping your pets safe during the Fourth of July.

UPDATE: A spokesperson with the Austin Animal Shelter said they picked up 81 animals over the Fourth of July weekend. Last year, the shelter picked up 104 animals.


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