BASTROP (KXAN) — In Bastrop County, an animal shelter is desperately looking for foster homes or other rescues that can help sick kittens. They’re also in need of cleaning supplies and towels.
The Bastrop County Animal Control and Shelter’s manager Evan Jacobs said when employees left Friday evening, there was nothing out of ordinary.
But when they arrived Saturday morning to open the shelter, he said, “We drove up. Everyone gets out of their vehicles. Chats for a minute. We go inside. And then, bam, you can just see water all over the front lobby.”
Jacobs said water was gushing out of a drinking fountain the shelter had in one of the hallways. “There’s nothing we could’ve done to prevent it that we know of,” he said. “Something in the internal mechanics snapped off or on. We’re not 100 percent sure.”
Water damage stretched from the shelter’s lobby to restroom, to their “cat showroom” and to surgery room.
“It’s just a big gut punch, I guess, because we work so hard with limited resources as is,” Jacobs said. “It just puts a damper, that much more work, on the limited staff we have here.”
While dealing with the flooding aftermath, Jacobs told KXAN, workers found another potential problem. He said, “Someone was checking the flooring, and the tile started to come up a little bit.”
They suspect there could be asbestos, so they sent out the tiles for testing.
“As a precaution, they said they suspect it,” Jacobs said. “We won’t know results until Monday afternoon is what they believe, maybe even Tuesday. They’re just erring on the side of caution at this point.”
In the meantime, the shelter has fans set up in every room to dry the floor.
Because they worried the noise might stress out the animals in their “showroom,” they found different homes for the cats in that room. Fourteen animals went into foster care. Four were adopted, and several others went to Austin Pets Alive or rescue groups.
But some kittens with ringworm and other illnesses are still at the shelter. According to Jacobs, it’s harder to find fosters that can manage the kittens’ medical conditions.
He hopes to find qualified homes for them soon.
The shelter now has a sign out front that says “temporarily closed.” Jacobs explained people should call first if they found a lost animal.
They’re also asking for donations to help clean up.