AUSTIN (KXAN) — Adoption fees at Austin Animal Center will be waived Saturday as the shelter tries to reach its goal of adopting out 100 dogs for this year’s Clear the Shelters event.

Chief Animal Services Officer Don Bland said in a news release the center has struggled with capacity after the pandemic.

“On Friday we had 61 dogs staying in crates. The dogs keep flowing in and, unfortunately, we’re not getting them out as quickly as they’re coming in. If we can get 100 dogs adopted, fostered, or rescued, then we can create needed space and avoid the likelihood of having to suspend intake,” Bland said in a statement.

In 2019, the shelter adopted out 60 dogs during that year’s Clear the Shelters event.

Staff and volunteers will be at the shelter Saturday to help adopters find the right pet. Foster coordinators will also be on site to help process walk-in foster applications.

The shelter will be open from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Saturday. You can view available pets online now.

Austin Animal Center’s Clear the Shelters event is in collaboration with KXAN and Telemundo. Clear the Shelters is an annual, nationwide pet adoption and shelter donation campaign supported by local NBC and Telemundo affiliates.