The City’s animal shelter seeks adopters immediately because over capacity will necessitate euthanizing animals today, May 15, if the community doesn’t respond.
Approximately 23 dogs are on the list to be euthanized today if the shelter doesn’t find homes for at least 40 pets. The City’s shelter is an open-intake facility meaning no animal is refused admittance.
The Austin Animal Center will extend hours until 9 p.m. today to help save pet lives in anticipation of community adopters. Also, the City is waiving all adoption fees for all ready-to-go dogs and cats one year and older through Sunday, May 19.
“What we need right now are adopters to help us catch up with the inventory of animals that we are seeing come to the shelter,” said Abigail Smith Chief Animal Services Officer. “This is a tough and challenging season for animals and we urgently need community support for our City shelter pets.”
All pets will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and will go home with a collar, tag and microchip. These services, valued at more than $200, will help the pets stay healthy and safe.
Since last Friday, the City’s animal shelter inventory of animals has increased by 36 animals. As of shelter opening today, May 15, the facility was housing 1,046 with no more space to place these homeless pets.
There were 581 animals at the Austin Animal Center which is over capacity by 130. Town Lake Animal Center, used for overflow, is at capacity. Also, 412 dogs, cats, and kittens are in foster homes.
Since February 2011 the City has been able to maintain its No Kill goal of saving 90 percent or better of the animals. This year because of the high level of animal intakes versus those animals that are being adopted and rescued the City’s No Kill goal will be difficult to maintain for May and possibly into the summer months.
“Last year was a quiet season and we saw significantly less kittens and cats, most likely due to the drought,” Smith said. “So far, this year is the busiest season in a few years, which I believe will fast track our community discussion on longer term solutions to deal with our homeless pet population.”