Local rescue groups take in dogs from overcrowded Austin Animal Center

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Several animal organizations in central Texas have stepped in to help Austin Animal Center as it faces overcrowding issues.

The shelter said these rescue groups pulled medium and large dogs after hearing about the space crisis from the Austin shelter.

PAWS of Central Texas pulled 10 dogs, Austin Humane Society pulled six dogs, Final Frontier Rescue Project pulled two dogs, and Bully Ranch pulled one dog.

Another Central Texas rescue, WAGS, Hope and Healing, hopes to help AAC provide temporary housing for dogs ready to be transported to another home or location; this would open up kennels for the shelter’s overflow dogs.

“They need help now,” said Crystal DeGroot, director of the association.

But the dog rescue group needs help completing its eight kennels and exterior fencing to allow these dogs into its facility.

  • Director Crystal DeGroot is asking the community to help her complete the WAGS installation so the nonprofit can house the dogs at Austin Animal Center.
  • WAGS, Hope and Healing, hopes to help AAC provide temporary housing for dogs ready to be transported to another home or location.

Labor, help from contractors and in-kind donations would be most helpful in completing the project, DeGroot said. The facility has been under construction for a few years and the association needs some finishing projects to accommodate new dogs.

“It would free up kennels for their overflow dogs that they have right now, which they desperately need,” DeGroot said.

The municipal shelter halted the admission of animals two weeks ago with waits only for emergencies. At the time, 67 dogs were housed in pop-up crates and 54 dogs needed kennels. The shelter also had 148% capacity for dogs on the day the restrictions were announced.

As of Friday, no more dogs are left in crates, a spokesperson for the shelter said.

However, 14 dogs are still in non-public areas and need kennels. Austin Animal Center will ease admission restrictions once all animals are in public kennels, the spokesperson said. Then the daily intake numbers would be based on the number of dogs adopted or fostered the previous day.

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Since the start of the restrictions, 178 dogs have been adopted. The shelter held a “Clear the Crates” adoption event on September 17 where 18 dogs were adopted. AAFC’s next adoption event is scheduled for October 15, but the shelter is waiving adoption fees this week.

More information about Austin Animal Center adoptions is available online.

Benjamin M. Yerger