Heavy rain causes flooding at Austin Pets Alive

(Paul Shelton / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Saturday wasn’t jut scary for those working at Austin Pets Alive but also for the dogs outdoors. Employees had to move quickly when heavy rains began flooding the cages Saturday afternoon. KXAN was at the shelter as staff members were preparing to celebrate a special birthday.

“Everybody’s been kind of watching the weather, watching the drains, and the moment we started seeing it building up everybody got the same word…close everyone in and staff and volunteers jump in,” Austin Pets Alive Operations Manager Faith Wright said.

As the rain came pouring down, everyone jumped to action to save the 160 dogs outside at Austin Pets Alive. Employees and volunteers alike moved all of the dogs from their outside cages to ones inside where they’d be safe.

“It’s really the only solution we have besides getting them out of here and into homes,” Wright said.

One of the dogs, Blanca has cancer and is living in hospice care. Saturday, employees were supposed to have a party in her honor. That changed as soon as the rain started.

“If it can slow down or stop for about 20 minutes the drains can actually take water in them drain us out and we’ll be able to start with the next round of rain,” Wright explained.

Thankfully, none of the animals were hurt. Austin Pets Alive staff will be on standby overnight in case the weather picks back up again.

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