Texans Line Up To Adopt Dogs And Cats And Rescue Them From Flooded Animal Shelters

Texans Line Up To Adopt Dogs And Cats And Rescue Them From Flooded Animal Shelters

Texas is experiencing massive flooding and there’s more rain on the way. 19 are dead, 40 are missing or unaccounted for, 80,000 are without electricity, and there are more than 4,000 damaged properties and 2,500 abandoned vehicles in the Houston area alone.

Animal shelters, including the no-kill Austin Animal Center and its Town Lake location, Austin Pets Alive!, are among the homes and businesses affected by the severe weather.

Due to flooding, many animals have become lost and good samaritans are bringing them to the Austin Animal Center. Austin Animal Center also took in over 50 dogs from Austin Pets Alive!, also referenced to as Town Lake Animal Center, since Austin Pets Alive! Austin Animal Center became way over capacity, so the shelter posted on social media that they waived the adoption fees to help find dry homes for displaced animals.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Austin Animal Center is WAY over capacity. Due to flooding, many animals have become lost and good…

Posted by Austin Animal Center on Monday, May 25, 2015

Austin Pets Alive!, posted pictures of their flooded building later in the same day as Austin Animal Center made their plea on Facebook, showing why the shelter desperately needed help housing their adoptable animals.

This is why we need your help…

Posted by Austin Pets Alive! on Monday, May 25, 2015

Texans immediately responded to both pleas for help, causing an incredibly busy and animal-filled Memorial Day for Austin. Animal lovers responded in droves, lining up to adopt dogs and cats either permanently or to provide temporary housing until things returned to normal at the shelter.

Photos shared on Facebook on Monday show a long line of individuals waiting to take home displaced pets.

Texans line up to adopt outside Austin Pets Alive!

(Image source: Facebook/Brittany Meenan)

Texans line up to adopt outside Austin Pets Alive!

(Image source: Facebook/Austin Pets Alive!)

Austin Animal Center gave a special thank you for the immense support for the displaced animals of Austin and the long lines outside Austin Pets Alive! throughout the day.

Austin, you are AMAZING! Thank you! Everyone really came together today to make sure the homeless/displaced pets of…

Posted by Austin Animal Center on Monday, May 25, 2015

The waters have now receded, and Austin Pets Alive! volunteers are cleaning up to get the shelter back in working order. Austinites are continuing to provide support for the shelter, donating money, bringing in dry towels and taking care of dirty laundry.

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