Thursday, April 28, 2022

Austin Animal Center is celebrating National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

As of Thursday, Austin Animal Center has 359 dogs and 126 cats onsite, and the shelter is operating at 112% capacity for medium and large dogs. Thankfully, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is on Saturday, April 30th and Austin Animal Center is celebrating by waiving all adoption fees!
“National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is celebrated across the nation and highlights the millions of homeless animals in shelters waiting to be adopted,” said Kelsey Cler, marketing and communication manager for Austin Animal Center. “After an initial spike at the beginning of the pandemic, adoption rates over the past two years have decreased for many shelters in the US so this is a great opportunity to shine a light on the need.”

“Adopting a dog not only saves that one life, it also opens up room for another dog in need,” said adoption supervisor Mary Brown. “There are so many reasons to adopt a shelter pet, including health benefits and companionship.”
Austin Animal Center is the municipal shelter for the City of Austin and unincorporated Travis County. The Center will be open from 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday for the fee-waived event. Adoptable pets can be viewed online at
About the Animal Services Office
The City of Austin Animal Services Office operates the Austin Animal Center, and is home to the largest No Kill community in the United States. Austin Animal Center provides shelter to more than 11,000 animals annually and safely places more than 95% of all pets. Our goal is to provide a safe place for lost and homeless animals, education to prevent animal homelessness and promote responsible pet ownership, and to preserve the human-animal bond.

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