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Animal Shelter Wants You To Foster Pets So It Can Move

A dog waits to be adopted at TLAC.
Photo by Jessie Wang for KUT News
A dog waits to be adopted at TLAC.

The Town Lake Animal Centeris moving next week from its current location, which was built in 1952  and is “literally crumbling”, according to the shelter's Amber Rowland.

“One of the buildings on the campus was condemned because of a rat infestation, and it’s not the first time we’ve had rat infestations at the shelter,” she said.

The new location is a freshly constructed, $22 million $12 million LEED Gold certified building near U.S. Highway 183 and Levander Loop, paid for with money from a bond programapproved by Austin voters in 2006.

But in order to make the move as simple as possible, the shelter is trying to get people to temporarily take care of some of the 300 dogs and 100 cats occupying the shelter. People who foster animals are expected to provide the pet with food, bedding and toys.

The Town Lake Animal Center will close for business at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9. The move will happen Thursday and Friday. A ribbon cutting ceremony at the new shelter is planned for Saturday, November 12 at 10:30 a.m.

If you want to foster a pet, you can find more information on TLAC’s website.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
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