Austin Animal Center at 142% capacity as 40 dogs surrendered

On July 6, Austin Animal Center announced it was at 115% capacity, pleading for foster homes and adoptions amid a brutal and ongoing heat wave that also saw the shelter run out of kennels. . Many of the dogs, some of which had been sheltered outdoors near swamp coolers, were medium and large in size.

The next day, Austin Animal Center told MySA that it believes another 20 dogs will soon be out of an eviction case. The information turned out to be just half.

“The Travis County Constable’s office alerted us that they were going to issue a writ of possession for a home and believed there were at least 20 dogs inside,” the chief of services said. AAC Animal Care Don Bland in a statement on Monday, July 25. “When our animal protection officers arrived, they found over 40.”

Over the weekend, the owner surrendered all 40 dogs to the shelter, but the center says it is getting help from shelters outside of Texas.

“Luckily, several of our out-of-state rescues came forward when we appealed to our partners to help us with these dogs,” Bland said. “When we are notified of an impending eviction like this, we have no choice but to find a place to put these dogs.”

Despite help from other shelters, Bland reiterated the need to further improve the ongoing problem. As of this week, the shelter is now at 142% capacity for dogs.

“We’ve been operating at overcapacity for months now, and we’re starting to see an increase in the number of people having to surrender due to evictions,” he said. “We really need our community to sort out, foster and adopt so that we have kennels open for cases like this.”

Benjamin M. Yerger