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Animal Center to Euthanize 23 Dogs - Unless You Adopt One

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The Austin Animal Shelter has approximately 23 dogs on the euthanize list if at least 40 pets are not adopted today.

The Austin Animal Center is seeking adopters for at least 40 pets today, May 15. The Animal Center will euthanize 23 dogs today if at least 40 pets do not find a home.

The Animal Center has taken in a large number of pets recently, but they haven’t seen an equal number of adoptions. Since last Friday, the shelter says it has taken in 36 animals, putting the total population at 1,046 pets with no more space. The Austin Animal Center’s population is at 58 (over capacity by 130), and the Town Lake Animal center is also at capacity.

Since February of 2011, the city-run shelter has maintained its "No Kill" policy by saving 90 percent or better of the animals taken in. But this year, if the adoptions don’t rapidly increase, the Animal Center could fail to meet this benchmark.

The Animal Center is extending its hours until 9 p.m. today to help save pet lives. Also, the city is waiving all adoption fees for all dogs and cats one or older. All pets will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and will be released from the shelter with a collar, tag, and microchip, a total value of $200.

If you are looking for a new pet, this is the best time to make the trip to the Austin Animal Center today to both save money -- and save the lives of animals.

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