BASTROP COUNTY, Texas — The Bastrop County Animal Shelter has temporarily closed after a drinking fountain flooded parts of the facility overnight Friday, according to shelter staff.
Employees came in Saturday morning to find parts of the shelter soaked, manager Evan Jacobs told KVUE.
The front office and laundry room were among the rooms flooded at the facility, he said. Some of the kennels for cats in the main building also flooded.
The shelter closed its doors Saturday and Sunday as crews worked to clean the facility and dry the walls. Saturdays and Sundays are typically the shelter's busiest adoption days, Jacobs said.
So far, the shelter has received support from several rescue organizations, including Austin Pets Alive!, Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue, and Austin Siamese Rescue.
Just a quick update! We had 14 animals go into foster care, 4 adoptions, 1 medical case go to Austin Pets Alive!, 3 Great Pyrenees go to TGPR-Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue and 1 Siamese Medical case go to Austin Siamese Rescue, Inc.. The work continues tomorrow and we still need more rescue assistance, but we are on the path to recovery thanks to everyone’s compassion and hard work! It will be a long road, but thank you to everyone who helped today! More updates to follow when we return tomorrow to see how things go.
The shelter is in need of towels, cleaning supplies and paper towels. If you'd like to help, click here.
Despite the shelter's temporary closure, people interested in fostering or adopting can call the shelter or stop by. The shelter is located at 589 Cool Water Drive in Bastrop.