Austin Animal Center takes in 20-dog seizure, asks for public's help

Austin Animal Center is asking for the public's help to alleviate their capacity crisis.

The center received a seizure of 20 large dogs on May 3, adding to their overcapacity.

"This morning we started our day with 344 medium/large dogs, and our capacity is 272," said Chief Animal Services Officer Don Bland. "We have 33 dogs living in crates and dozens more in non-public kennels that are traditionally saved for situations like this. We have nowhere to place incoming dogs."

The public can help by fostering a medium to large dog for at least a month. Interested fosters can apply online.


Adoptions are currently $25 for all animals during the BISSELL Pet Foundation's "Empty the Shelter" event. Fees are waived for any of the 33 dogs staying in a crate.

Rescue partners are also being asked to help by pulling available medium and large dogs as able. Interested rescues can email

The shelter is located at 7201 Levander Loop and open for adoptions Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.