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Shelter sees influx of senior dogs

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Over the holidays, the Austin Animal Center saw an unusually high number of senior dogs. According to a press release, the shelter now has 40 senior dogs up for adoption and is seeking temporary fosters until that number can be reduced. Any resident interested in fostering can visit the shelter between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer Kristen Auerbach said that her department prioritizes adoptions of senior dogs. “The shelter environment can be particularly difficult for older dogs,” said Auerbach. “Most older dogs that end up homeless are here through no fault of their own. … These are loving, family pets that have no idea why they’re here, and many of them are sad, scared and confused.” To help with adoptions, Classic Canines of Austin offers incentives that include fee waivers, pet supplies and medical services. In addition, the group will hold an adoption event on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Austin Animal Center.

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