Code Red: Austin Shelter turning animals away at full capacity

Austin Animal Center takes in 150 lost pets (Courtesy: Austin Animal Center)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Due to overcrowding the Austin Animal Center is operating under Code Red.

This means the center can only take in hurt or sick animals because they are at full capacity. Workers say they received a record number of animals in the shelter last month.

Sept. 19 was recorded as the highest number of animals taken in to the shelter in one day. Even over the past two days, the center has seen more intakes than animals finding a new home.

Austin Animal Center takes in 150 lost pets (Courtesy: Austin Animal Center)
Austin Animal Center takes in 150 lost pets (Courtesy: Austin Animal Center)

They want to maintain the no kill status, which is why they have to turn animals away when they run out of room. The shelter is looking for anyone who is willing to foster or adopt.

Flooding this year contributed to the rise in number of animals without a home. They take in a minimum of 20 animals a day, but now have to limit the number to only the animals in need of medical attention until they have more resources available.

Anyone apprehensive about adopting a cat or dog can go home with a foster pet today.

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