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'Austin Pets Alive' experiences flooding woes this weekend

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Saturday morning when the rain was slow and steady, Austin Pets Alive were trying to keep their furry friends dry.

Executive Director Ellen Jefferson says on Friday during the flash flooding, the situation escalated quickly.

"It overpowered our drains and the water rose really fast and really high almost to the inside of the kennels," Jefferson said.

They quickly opened up their drains to get the situation under control.

Jefferson was hoping people would come and foster many of the dogs at least for the weekend so the rising water wouldn't be so much of a concern.

But their biggest problem hasn't even started yet.

"When there's big rain storms like this, kittens, nests of kittens, tend to be found more frequently.  And so there tends to be an influx of kittens at the city shelter and since we rescue all the little kittens that come in, most of the little kittens that come in, and prevent them from being euthanized because there's too many.  They come to our nursery and our nursery is completely full right now," Jefferson said.

So Jefferson says they're also looking for fosters to come help them take some of the kittens to make room for the ones that are most likely coming in the next few days.

Jefferson says in order to keep the water from flooding the kennels on Friday, they had to take the filter out of their drains and just let it flow out.

So they're afraid there may be some leaves stuck in there come Monday.  If so, they say they'll be needing help to un-clog it.

If you would like to donate that service you can call Austin Pets Alive at (512) 663-8643.

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