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Austin Animal Center faces capacity struggles

Friday, June 3, 2016 by Kayleigh Hughes

Due to the never-ending rain and storms, Austin Animal Center has resumed its emergency operations procedures. This means that if you’ve found a lost or stray pet that is in good health or you are an owner attempting to surrender a pet, it’s asking that you keep the animal in a safe environment for now because the center is accepting only sick and injured pets for the next 72 hours. For the past three weeks, AAC has received up to 110 stray animals per day, and it wants Austinites to know that it will provide crates, food and supplies to those holding stray but healthy pets during this emergency time. Additional info from the center: The AAC is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day for adoptions, lost and found, and reclaims and is waiving reclaim fees until June 5; Animal Services staff will deliver animals back to their owners at no cost if they can identify their pets through a photograph, rabies certificate, tag or microchip; all pet adoption fees are only $25 through June 6; and most importantly, if you’ve lost a pet, you are encouraged to dial the emergency hotline at 311 within Austin or 512-974-2000 outside of Austin, email, check and the AAC’s Facebook page regularly and visit the shelter.

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