Dozens of dogs adopted out but Austin Animal Center still over capacity


AUSTIN (KXAN) — When the Austin Animal Center took in dozens of animals on Friday, they had to pull out extra crates to set up accommodations for the pets anywhere they could.

On Saturday, the shelter put out the word it was waiving adoption fees in an effort to get dogs adopted to good homes. The good people of Central Texas took notice and 36 dogs were adopted on Sunday, according to the Austin Animal Center. Another 12 dogs were sent to short-term foster care. 

A spokesperson for the shelter told KXAN’s John Dabkovich they always see an uptick in intake during the summer, but this weekend they had more animals at the shelter than they’ve seen in two years.

“We usually see a lot of strays and this week we had more coming in than we had going out. And it’s really a struggle we’ve had since the Fourth of July. We had the fireworks and the big storm,” says Jennifer Olahan with AAC. “We had that first big surge and we’ve really been feeling the effects since then.”

The shelter will continue waiving adoption fees for medium and large dogs through Tuesday.

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.

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