Austin Animal Center back to critical capacity, asking for public’s help

Austin Animal Center (AAC) is again at critical capacity and does not have an open kennel for medium or large dogs.

Dogs are placed in abnormal places due to their high capacity

AAC posted a message on their Instagram account yesterday saying they had to resort to crating the dogs. All rolling kennels were also used.

“Despite all efforts to get as many dogs out as possible through adoption, foster and rescue partners, strays continue to pour in,” said Jason Garza, assistant director of animal services. “Being a no-kill community means we need the help of the community.”

According to the city, AAFC usually has a few kennels reserved for sick or injured dogs, dogs that pose public safety risks, and abandoned animals, but even those kennels are full.

Crating dogs that don’t have proper kennels poses a challenge for the already understaffed animal center. They are forced to find abnormal areas to keep them.

In their Thursday night Instagram post, AAFC wrote that animal care staff are tired, stressed and sorry to have to crate dogs. They also said they were doing everything possible to find a placement for the dogs.

The city says the AAC will have staff available on site on Friday, February 11 to process walk-in fostering requests for those wishing to foster a medium/large dog for at least two weeks.

An adoption event is also organized on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. All adoption fees continue to be waived.

Via Instagram, AAC says these are the other ways the public can help in this crisis:

1. If you find a stray dog ​​please try to find the owner before bringing them to the shelter. We understand that not everyone can keep a found medium/large dog, but please try to find a neighbor who can first. Knock on nearby doors, post to Facebook and Nextdoor.

2. If you find an animal from outside Austin, please do not bring it to AAFC and let us know you found it in Austin. This decreases the animal’s chances of getting home and puts a strain on our resources. We know that other areas are not slaughter-free and our hearts break for the animals, but our non-slaughter efforts will be difficult if we continue to welcome animals outside of our jurisdiction.

3. If you are facing issues such as eviction and have a pet, contacting us as soon as possible gives us all the best opportunity to try and find a solution other than surrender.

To find out what to do if you’ve found a pet, text FoundATX to (844) 764-2125.

Austin Animal Center offers fencing and neutering assistance to help pet owners keep their dogs safe; dial 311 to be connected to these resources.
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Benjamin M. Yerger