City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Austin Animal Center is waiving all adoption fees on Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., during its Clear the Shelters event.
Austin Animal Center is waiving all adoption fees on Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., during its Clear the Shelters event in collaboration with KXAN and Telemundo.
The Center’s goal is for 100 dogs to get adopted this week to make sure every dog at the shelter has appropriate housing.
“This summer we have really struggled with capacity in a new, post-pandemic environment,” said Chief Animal Services Officer Don Bland. “On Friday we had 61 dogs staying in crates. The dogs keep flowing in and, unfortunately, we’re not getting them out as quickly as they’re coming in. If we can get 100 dogs adopted, fostered, or rescued, then we can create needed space and avoid the likelihood of having to suspend intake.”
Austin Animal Center adopted out 60 dogs at the 2019 Clear the Shelters event. “We know that 100 dogs is a high goal, but we really hope that the community comes forward to adopt and foster on Saturday,” said Adoption Program Manager Rebekha Montie. “We have so many dogs and cats just waiting for their forever homes.”
Staff and volunteers will be onsite to help adopters find the right match, and foster coordinators will be available to process walk-in foster applications.
Austin Animal Center is the municipal shelter for the City of Austin and unincorporated Travis County. The Center will be open from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday for the fee-waived event. Adoptable pets can be viewed online at austinanimalcenter.org.
Clear The Shelters is an annual, nationwide pet adoption and shelter donation campaign supported by local NBC and Telemundo affiliates. Since 2015, NBC’s Clear The Shelters national pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than a half-million pets finding new homes.
About the Animal Services Office
The City of Austin Animal Services Office operates the Austin Animal Center, and is the municipal shelter for the City of Austin and unincorporated Travis County. 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 keep pets with their families and in their communities, provide a safe place for homeless animals, promote responsible pet ownership, and preserve the human-animal bond.