AUSTIN (KXAN) - Recent rains in Austin are putting a strain on Town Lake Animal Center which was flooded this weekend.
According to officials at the shelter the rain-waters have flooded parts of the facility, which they say has lead to an increase in kitten intake.
The group Austin Pets Alive!, which runs the facility, says their staff are doing everything they can to keep flood waters from entering kennels to keep dogs dry.
Staffers are asking for help from the community, they hope Austinites can take about 30 medium to large dogs home for the weekend. Staffers say because the dogs are larger they cannot be moved into smaller dry kennels on site.
The flood-waters have stopped in the facility courtyard but staffers say the water is inching closer and may soon reach dog kennels.
"We are worried because the rain keeps coming. We need to act now to clear out the kennels that are in the most danger of flooding," officials said.
Rainfall totals Friday were the heaviest Metro Austin has seen in 2013 – totaling over 3 inches at both Camp Mabry and ABIA. This erased our year-to-date deficit, and caused the temporary closure of a few local low-water crossings.
The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood watch for most of central Texas until 6 p.m. Saturday, that watch has now been extended to Sunday at 8 a.m.
To learn more about fostering a pet from Austin Pets Alive! visit their website or call their P.A.S.S. re-homing hotline at 512-961-6433.
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