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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.