AAC extends waived adoption and reclaim fees through July 9.
The Austin Animal Center will close early on Wednesday, July 4. Operating hours for the holiday will be 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Center will be open regular hours on July 3 and 5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Waived Fees Extended
AAC continues to struggle for space and has extended waived adoptions fees for all animals until Monday, July 9 and will waive reclaim fees July 4 through July 9.
Protect Pets During Fourth of July Celebrations
Fourth of July can be a stressful time for pets who react to the noise and bright lights of fireworks. This may cause pets to escape their yard and run away, which is why AAC is urging pet owners to microchip their pets in preparation for the holiday.
With the animal shelter already operating beyond capacity, it is extremely important that pets are properly microchipped and tagged so lost pets can quickly be reunited with their owners. The City also asks, when possible, that people who find pets keep them safely contained, call 3-1-1 to report the lost animal, and house the animal for a few days before bringing to the shelter.
The easiest way to keep your pet safe during the holiday celebration is to bring them inside. You can minimize the stress on your pet by keeping curtains and blinds closed, turning on the TV or soft music to provide a distraction, and give them plenty of exercise before dark. If you are unable to bring pets inside, check your fencing and enclosures to ensure they cannot escape.
Free I.D. Tags and Microchips
The Center offers free I.D. tags and microchips to all pet owners in Austin and Travis County to help keep pets safe and out of the animal shelter system.
If a pet is lost, check the Animal Center’s Website for up-to-date listings of all stray animals who have entered the shelter: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/lost-found-pet.
About the Animal Services Office
The Animal Services Office operates the Austin Animal Center, the largest municipal animal shelter in Central Texas and the largest “no-kill” shelter in the United States. We provide shelter to more than 17,000 animals annually. Our goal is to provide a safe place for lost and homeless animals and to educate our community in order to prevent animal homelessness and promote compassionate treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership.