Flooding Update

by Jen Cohen • Posted in: Awareness/ PR, Donations, Foster, Volunteering

Thank you for the incredible outpouring of support after Monday’s flooding in Austin! We could not do what we do without all the help we receive from the community, and that has been especially evident yesterday and today.

If you are interested in helping APA! recover from Monday’s record floods, here are some areas we need the most help:

  • Foster—We really need long-term fosters (2 weeks+) to help alleviate shelter crowding right now. In addition to the flooding at Town Lake Animal Center (which also directly impacted Austin Animal Center since their kennels also had to be evacuated), the storms resulted in many animals being separated from their owners, so the city shelter is extremely overcrowded at this time. Fill out a foster application and notify the foster teams by email that you are available immediately to foster for several weeks:
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  • Donate—We will have a long road to clean everything up, and any help you can provide is appreciated. Because of the huge increase in intake at all surrounding shelters, we are rescuing far more animals than usual for this time of year, and need help to pay for medical and other expenses to get the pets ready for adoption. Donated items can be dropped off at Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 West Cesar Chavez, anytime. We are open 11:30am–7pm daily.
  • Found Pets—If you find an animal that you believe has an owner, please consider keeping it for a few days and trying to locate the owner yourself. APA! does not take found animals or strays directly from the public, and Austin Animal Center, the city’s open intake shelter, is completely full at this time.
  • Lost Pets—APA! does not take in found animals or strays directly from the public. If you have lost a pet, please look for information from Austin Animal Center.
  • Laundry—Update: Our laundry needs are taken care of at this time. Thank you. We have more dirty laundry than we can handle, so you can stop by the shelter (1156 West Cesar Chavez) and take a load (or 2 or 20) to wash and return us. We are open 11:30am–7pm daily. This will be an ongoing need for at least the next several days.
  • Walk DogsIf you are a trained volunteer, we can use your help getting the dogs walked. They are understandably more stressed than usual, so the more one-on-one attention they can get the better.
  • If you are not a current APA! volunteer, we welcome your help with debris clean-up during our regular hours (11:30am–7pm daily; bring your own gloves and trash bags if possible); however, please note that only trained volunteers may handle the animals at this time. To find out how to become an APA! volunteer in the future, visit our Volunteer Info page.

Also, stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds for updates. If you have any questions, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required. Note that we are unable to respond to all the voicemails we are receiving, so an email is much more helpful than a voice message this time. Again, thank you SO MUCH for all the support!