BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Bastrop County Animal Shelter is running out of room, and workers are worried they may have to take steps to reduce the number of cats and dogs there.
“We have been running on a thin line for a while, but we are to the breaking point of capacity for both cats and dogs and will need to start euthanizing if we cannot find homes,” said Wendy Ballard, Bastrop County’s Animal Services coordinator.
Ballard said that for the most part, the shelter has been full since February, which has dried up many of their resources. Even their foster program is full.
“We have had to euthanize for space on a very small scale, but if we continue at this rate, we will be faced against euthanizing more just for the mere fact that we’re full,” she explained.
Plus, Bastrop’s shelter faces challenges because its in a more rural area. With a small budget and less access to low-cost spaying and neutering, they don’t have much extra bandwidth to take on the care required by the injured animals that come their way.
It also can be challenging getting people to come in to adopt.
“It’s harder to get the foot traffic that we need because we’re 45 minutes to an hour away from Austin,” Ballard said.
Several animals were brought to the shelter over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Ballard told KXAN.
“I am fostering a medical case who broke through a window over Fourth of July that caused a serious injury,” she said.
Ballard says the shelter is running an adoption special from now until Sunday: $10 for cats and kittens and $20 for dogs and puppies. It is also hosting two off-site adoption events Saturday:
- Petco Bastrop at 739 TX-71 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sugar Shack (cats only) at 114 TX-150 Loop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bastrop County Animal shelter, on 589 Cool Water Drive in Bastrop, has a list of adoptable animals on its website. That list shows 122 dogs and 109 cats as of Wednesday.
This announcement comes one month from the Clear The Shelters animal adoption drive on Aug. 17 that KXAN is participating in. This is the fifth year for the nationwide effort by NBC and Telemundo stations.