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Austin Animal Center struggling with overcrowding

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An unusually high number of lost, abandoned, stray and even a few abused animals are now in the city's shelter. The Austin Animal Center is 100 kennels short for cats and dogs.

Since September 1, the Austin Animal Center has taken in more than 300 cats and dogs.

"Our intake has been phenomenal, just an endless stream," Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer Chris Noble said.

Noble says it's a combination of causes from strays and surrenders to people simply not picking up their lost animals.

"The vast majority of pets animals we're receiving are well cared for owned animals, healthy with good coats nails and in good shape and good spirits," Noble said.

Twelve of the shelter's new dogs were found malnourished and taken as a result of two separate animal cruelty cases. The overcrowding means the facility is 100 kennels short.

The shelter is over capacity for small dogs by 26 animals and now they are having to stay in the cat hallway.

"I've just seen so many new faces come in. Outside we've seen the dogs double and triple up in kennels," Noble said.

With more dogs to walk and care for volunteers like Cindy Barnard stay busy.

"Big groups of volunteers are key to getting the dogs out," Barnard said.

Adoptions and rescues are not keeping up with the number of animals coming in. Until that happens, resources will be stretched thin.

If you've lost your pet check or the shelter's facebook page. Pictures of new intakes are posted daily.   

Adoption fees will be waived for cats and dogs one year of age and older indefinitely.

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