Austin Animal Center is running out of kennel space and asks the community for help


Animal Center lacks space

The Austin Animal Center has announced that it does not have open kennels for medium and large dogs.

Normally, the center has at least a few open kennels on reserve for sick or injured dogs, dogs that pose a risk to public safety, and abandoned animals, but these kennels are full. Some dogs are kept in crates until one is available, and the lack of staff makes it difficult to care for those in crates.

The most effective way to help Austin Animal Center is to work with neighbors if a loose dog is found. By walking the dog, knocking on doors, and posting on Nextdoor and Facebook, finders can dramatically increase the odds that the dog will be reunited with its family. Keeping a dog out of the shelter helps keep that animal healthy and saves space for dogs who have no other options.

To find out what to do with a found animal: text FoundATX at 844-764-2125.

The Animal Center offers fencing and neutering assistance to help pet owners. To be put in touch with these resources: dial 311.

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Opening of a new COVID-19 testing site

A new COVID-19 testing site opened Feb. 14 at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road.

The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. This testing expansion is possible through cooperation between Austin Public Health, the City of Pflugerville and Spartan Medical.

Clinics in Austin are also available as follows:

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive.

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane.

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day at the Metz primary school, 84 rue Robert T. Martinez Jr.

Home tests can be booked by calling the nurses’ hotline at 512-972-5560, where staff members will guide callers through an assessment and help schedule a home test. Home testing is available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Private testing is also available at private sites around Austin, including pharmacies, hospitals and urgent care centers. For information:

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Benjamin M. Yerger