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City moving out of TLAC, encouraging pet adoption

Friday, December 5, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

After more than 60 years of operating the Town Lake Animal Center, the city is finally moving all the way out. Austin’s Animal Services Department has been using the facility as an overflow animal adoption center since it moved to the new location at 7201 Levander Loop. But a recent state inspection that found the shelter did not meet minimum standards was the final straw, and, according to a city news release, “continued use of the facility is no longer an option for overflow kennels.” At their last meeting, City Council members voted to renew the Austin Pets Alive! lease on TLAC while the Lamar Beach Master Plan is developed. In order to find homes for the 58 dogs currently at the shelter, the Austin Animal Center is offering all adoptions for $25. Those who adopt dogs over 40 pounds will receive a free crate if they adopt through this Sunday, and the adoption special runs through Jan. 4. Adoption fees are waived for pets 7 years of age and older. The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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