AUSTIN -- After the Austin Animal Center sent out a call for help, Austinites responded in a big way.
On Friday June 7, the Animal Center said for the first time in its history, it could no longer accept any surrenders from owners. The shelter was over capacity.
Over the weekend, 333 animals left the shelter. The shelter says more than 200 were adopted; 100 were transferred to rescue partners, and 25 were reunited with their owners.
By Sunday, the shelter had available kennel and cage space for incoming strays and lost animals.
“We’d like to thank the entire Austin community, our rescue partners, the media, volunteers and staff for stepping up to alleviate this crisis situation we faced on Friday morning,” said Abigail Smith, chief animal services officer. “The community got the message and came out not only to the city shelter, but to the Austin Humane Society and Austin Pets Alive. Many lives were saved this weekend because of the continued support of our great community.”
The Austin Humane Society says it had 104 adoptions over the weekend and went to the AAC to help pull animals from their kennels on Saturday and Sunday.
To help avoid these types of crisis situations from occurring again:
1. Spay/Neuter pets. Free and low cost services are available through the City’s partners:
-Animal Trustees of Austin, www.animaltrustees.org, (512) 450-0111
2. Properly tag and microchip pets. The Austin Animal Center provides free tags and microchips to all members of the Austin and Travis County community.
3. Lastly, the animal shelter is not a safe place to surrender a pet. The shelter serves as a safety net for the community for stray and lost animals. This environment should be a last resort for an owner to surrender a pet. To re-home a pet the City asks pet owners to check with family, friends, coworkers and other rescue organizations as well as advertising the pet for adoption.