Animal shelters maxed out; offering adoption deals

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Chief Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on May 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:35 AM

AUSTIN -- An urgent plea is going out to the public from the Austin Humane Society. Its shelter is maxed out and the City of Austin says its no-kill status is now in jeopardy.

The Humane Society went over capacity after a rescue mission last week. It’s still under investigation so details are limited, but rescuers at the AHS say they took 15 dogs from a home in the Central Texas area. Many were found trapped in kennels. A fluffy red-haired dog named Yogi was among them. After some serious grooming, he’s now ready for adoption along with hundreds of others.

In all, the AHS says 430 dogs and cats at its North Austin shelter are ready for adoption. To help find them permanent homes, the shelter is offering $5 donations on Saturday.

“They’re starving for attention. I go and visit them every day. You get them out of the kennels and you can immediately see how they’re reacting to their environment,” said Kelly Hanes of the Austin Humane Society. “I think they’re ready to go home.”
 
The Humane Society isn’t alone. The Austin city shelter is maxing out its shelter space too. In a statement released late Wednesday afternoon, the shelter said it helped rescued 52 neglected dogs last month. As of May 2, they had about 885 animals in need of homes. That’s 30 percent more than capacity.

Officials say their no-kill status is now at risk. The city is offering reduced priced adoptions. The AHS adoption sale begins Saturday afternoon at noon.

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