AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Animal Center is used to seeing many animals come in and out of their facility during the summer, but this year brought an uncommon population surge.
Since the Fourth of July, the shelter has been struggling with the large influx of dogs, and has had more dogs coming in than heading out with adoptive families.
At its peak this summer, the shelter was taking care of 450 dogs in a building that is intended to house only 350. The overcapacity is something AAC had not seen in two years.
Whether a stray or a pet surrendered by their owner, each dog is struggling with the overcapacity and life in the shelter. The environment is foreign and the conditions are not as comfortable as what the animals are used to within homes, so the dogs are stressed as well as confused.
This Saturday, Aug. 18, KXAN will be partnering with local rescue groups for the Clear the Shelters event.
Shelters will be dropping their adoption fees to help offer many of the dogs a home on Saturday. If you do not plan on adopting, volunteering is always encouraged and welcomed.
If you’re looking to add a new member to your family, head to AAC or any other participating animal shelter Saturday, Aug. 18 and adopt a cute dog or cat! It’s part of KXAN’s Clear the Shelters initiative.