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Austin Animal Center reaches capacity for medium and large dogs, adoptions encouraged

KEYE Austin logo KEYE Austin 11/25/2021 Lindsey Ragas
Austin Animal Center reaches capacity for medium and large dogs, adoptions encouraged
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Space is limited at the Austin Animal Center with no room left for medium and large dogs.

“We’re seeing a lot of housing situations, people moving in with other people not being able to take their pets because maybe there’s too many pets in one place. We’re seeing lease problems, people moving out of the area, moving out of the state, or even the country. Then there’s also quite a few people you know with medical situations and people passing away that didn’t have plans for their pets,” said Jean Hubrath, volunteer.

Nearly 300 dogs are at the shelter and some dogs are having to share spaces.

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Caption: Austin Animal Center will host a dog adoption event on December 4th on the front lawn from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and adoption fees will be waived.

“We have not been free of space for quite some time, so partners and doggie roommates you’ll see quite often here,” said Stephanie McCutcheon, Marketing Coordinator at the Austin Animal Center.

Jean Hubrath, a volunteer at the shelter for 9 years, said the influx has been hard to keep up with, but it's not stopping her from trying to keep the dogs happy.

“It’s mentally important for the animals. It is night and day for them, to spend five minutes with them could completely change their disposition. It can change their whole outlook at being in the shelter actually,” Hubrath said. “We are seeing less people adopting and we’re working on that to make sure that there’s a clear message out there that the shelter is open and we’re welcoming everybody to the front doors.”

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With the holiday season here, McCutcheon wants to remind people to not adopt a pet with the intention of gifting it to someone because more times than not, they end up back at the shelter.

“This isn’t just like a temporary adoption, let’s just take you for a little bit. We want them to find their loving forever home, so they don’t have to end up here,” McCutcheon said.

McCutcheon said there are other ways the community can help.

“Adopting and fostering. Fostering gives us great home notes for the dogs or cats that we might not see here in the shelter. The shelter could be a stressful time for our animals so when they get into a loving home. we also get to get feedback to find their forever homes and make an adoption a little bit smoother,” McCutcheon said. “We’re seeing a lot of intake of specific kinds of animals, but again a community problem that we can make a community solution.”

Austin Animal Center will host a dog adoption event on December 4th on the front lawn from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and adoption fees will be waived.

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