Austin Animal Center overcrowded, shelter facing kennel space crisis

As coronavirus vaccinations increase and cases wane in Central Texas, the Austin Animal Center has seen the number of dogs and cats the shelter houses now returning to pre-pandemic levels, leaving little kennel space. Last weekend, the shelter announced it was facing a space crisis and needed at least 100 dogs to be adopted. While […]

As coronavirus vaccinations increase and cases wane in Central Texas, the Austin Animal Center has seen the number of dogs and cats the shelter houses now returning to pre-pandemic levels, leaving little kennel space.

Last weekend, the shelter announced it was facing a space crisis and needed at least 100 dogs to be adopted. While the shelter hit its goal with 117 adoptions, they received 105 more animals between Friday and Sunday, shelter spokeswoman Jennifer Olohan said.

“We’re in that kind of push and pull thing where we get all these animals adopted and then have all these animals come in,” she said.  

The shelter was able to reach its adoption goal during the weekend partly because it opened at 100% occupancy for the first time in over a year. During the pandemic, the shelter had been open by appointment only, leading to weekends where only 20 animals were adopted, Olohan said.

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