Austin Animal Center is changing its hours of operation

The Austin Animal Center is making adjustments to hours of operation due to COVID-related staffing shortages.

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Animal Center will be temporarily closed on Sunday due to staffing shortages caused by COVID-19 and hiring challenges.

Currently, about 20% of the center’s workforce is COVID-19-related, and it currently has 28 vacancies it is trying to fill.

“We don’t have a timeline at this time. Obviously we would prefer to stay open, so we will reevaluate as we hire more people and the virus spreads,” said Kelsey Cler, program manager of AAFC Marketing and Communications. in an email.

AAFC said their volunteers are amazing and have shown up day in and day out to help care for the animals in their care. In addition, the center is always looking for more volunteers!

“We continue to be over capacity, so we’re asking the community to foster, adopt and advocate,” Cler said.

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If you find a pet on the loose, AAC says the best thing to do is try to find its owner by walking around the neighborhood and posting on Nextdoor and Facebook. Most pets are found very close to home and are more likely to be reunited with their families if they stay in the community. More tips can be found here.

If someone finds a sick or injured animal on a Sunday or believes their animal is at the shelter, they can call 311 or 512-974-2000 to be put in touch with an animal protection officer.

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