The Austin community rescued more than 350 pets from two area animal shelters over last weekends, Oct. 18 and 19, ASPCA’s Mega Match-a-thon event sponsored by Subaru. The goal for Austin was to save 325 homeless animals during the two day event.
Austin was one of more than 30 locations nationwide who took part in ASPCA’s Mega Match-a-thon weekend. The Austin Animal Center and the Austin Humane Society joined forces and offered free pet adoptions during the two day event.
“It was a wonderful weekend, our shelter was full of ready-to-go pets and most importantly families ready to adopt,” said Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith. “It is special events and partnerships like this that make our community number one in saving homeless pets lives, we thank you Austin.”
“We’d also like to thank the dozens of volunteers that helped make this weekend so successful,” said Volunteer Coordinator at Austin Animal Center Sarah Luce.” Without their support and assistance we couldn’t have reached this number of adoptions.”
Although, the AAC had a successful weekend they continue to be inundated with lost and stray pets daily. Between Oct. 18 and 19 the shelter took in 85 animals with 126 leaving the facility either through adoptions, transfers to other rescue groups, and several pets being returned to owners.
The Austin Animal Center would like to remind and encourage anyone who has lost an animal to come to the center in East Austin as soon as possible to reclaim their pet. The Center tweets every 1 hour with information about lost pets that have just come into the shelter; follow @austinanimals.
Additionally, pet owners are reminded to properly tag and microchip pets. The Austin Animal Center provides free tags and microchips to all members of the Austin and Travis County community.