Austin Animal Center opens at full capacity amid dog space crisis

The Austin Animal Center (AAC) says it is once again running out of kennel space and in crisis mode. The center is asking the Austin community to help find homes for the overwhelming number of dogs at the shelter.

AAC says it is now open at 100% occupancy for the first time in more than a year to find homes for the shelter’s hundreds of animals.

“Tuesday morning we opened the shelter already in the red for large dogs,” Don Bland, director of animal services at the Austin Animal Center, said in a press release. “The kennel space for medium and large dogs is completely exhausted.”


In years past, AAFC has depended on rescue partners for help when the number of animals exceeds the number of kennels, but officials say currently rescue partners are full and unable to help. . The shelter’s latest option is to find adoptive homes for at least 100 animals this weekend.

“This year is our tenth anniversary of being a No Kill city and the reality of being No Kill is that it takes the commitment of the whole community. The community needs to help by keeping the animals out of the shelter, helping to reuniting lost animals with their families and only supporting the animals that really, really need us,” Bland said.


AAC says people can help Austin maintain his No Kill status by adopting a medium or large dog. Adoption appointments will not be required and building occupancy will not be restricted.

The center is located at 7201 Levander Loop Bldg. Has in Austin.

All adoption fees are waived. For more details, you can go here to the AAC adoption page.

Benjamin M. Yerger