Friday, June 4, 2021

Animal Center Facing Space Crisis

AAC Facing Space Crisis for Dogs, Opens at Full Occupancy

The Austin Animal Center (AAC) is once again out of kennel space and in crisis mode. The center urgently needs the help of the Austin community to find homes for the overwhelming number of dogs at the shelter.

Starting today, Friday, June 3, AAC will open at 100 percent occupancy for the first time in over a year, to find homes for the hundreds of animals at the shelter. "On Tuesday morning, we opened the shelter already in the red for large dogs," said Don Bland, Chief Animal Services Officer for the Austin Animal Center. "Kennel space for medium and large dogs is completely depleted."

In years past, AAC has depended on rescue partners for help when the number of animals exceeds the number of kennels. Currently, rescue partners are full and unable to help. The shelter's last option is to find adoptive homes for at least 100 animals this weekend.

"This year is our tenth anniversary of being a No Kill city and the reality of being No Kill is that it takes the commitment of the entire community. The community must help by keeping animals out of the shelter, helping to reunite lost pets with their families, and supporting only the animals who really, truly need us," said Bland.

Community members can help Austin maintain its No Kill status by adopting a medium or large dog. Adoption appointments will not be necessary and building occupancy will not be limited. All adoption fees are being waived.

About the Animal Services Office
The Animal Services Office operates the Austin Animal Center, and is home to the largest No Kill community in the United States. We provide shelter to more than 17,000 animals annually. Our goal is to provide a safe place for lost and homeless animals and to educate our community in order to prevent animal homelessness and promote compassionate treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership.