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Georgetown shelter hoping to adopt out '40 dogs in 40 days'

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Jessie Pierce with the Georgetown Animal Shelter says they've got a New Year's challenge. They're calling it "40 dogs in 40 days."

"We're basically hoping to get 40 dogs, which is the number of kennels that we have available, we're trying to get 40 dogs out of here in 40 days because we're renovating the kennel floors," Pierce said.

Right now the Georgetown shelter dogs are sleeping on concrete. Pierce says the paint cracks, it's hard to clean and it's slippery.

So they're putting in this new epoxy composite flooring that protects animals from diseases and it's slip resistant.

They'll be starting the project soon. Crews will work on one half of the kennels while the shelter keeps the other half open.

Pierce says since they're an open intake facility, it's not like they can just close their doors and turn animals away.

"It's gonna be very loud, it's sandblasting. We have to take down all of the kennel walls and kennel ceilings. So there's really literally no place for them to be," Pierce said.

Bob and Judy Herwig decided to adopt a lab, Bailey.

"A friend of ours told us that she was available and we came right on down and became the first official adoption of the New Year at the Georgetown shelter," Bob said.

The Herwigs are members of the Sun City Pet Club so they're happy to be able to support the shelter in their time of need.

"I think that's great. Happy to help out anytime we can," Judy said.

Finding all of these animals a good home seems daunting but Pierce is hopeful.

"It's gonna be really difficult but I think we've got a great community here in Georgetown and I know how much even the surrounding areas, Austin are huge pet advocates, dog advocates," she said.

The shelter says if you can't adopt right now or you're not sure you're cut out for it, they'll let you foster a dog for a little while. They'll even give you a free bag of food.

LINK: Georgetown Animal Shelter

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