An outpouring of support and a community coming together was never more evident than this past week when a cry for help went out to the community after areas of Austin affected by the floods caused a critical situation in area shelters, ABC News reported May 28.
When the Town Lake Animal Shelter in Austin and their nonprofit partner Austin Pets Alive! had to evacuate nearly five dozen dogs to the Austin Animal Center, the centers took to networking via social media for help.
“Due to flooding, many animals have become lost and good samaritans are bringing them to the Austin Animal Center,” the shelter said on Facebook. “We are DESPERATE to get animals out of the center!”
The Texas community answered with volunteers of people willing to foster a dog or cat, many of whom were terrified following the storm and separation from their family. More than 100 people showed up to the Town Lake Animal Shelter, and 40 people offered to temporarily foster dogs and cats at the Austin Animal Center facility.
Not only did these volunteers offer to take in an animal in need of reassurance and a dry place to sleep, they also brought in much-needed supplies for the animals still at the shelter.
Wednesday was also a record-breaking day, with 122 dogs and cats coming into Austin Animal Center. Now the goal is to reunite pets lost and found with their owners.
On May 27, Austin Animal Center posted an update on their Facebook page thanking the community for their support
“We are so humbled by the outpouring of support we have received over the last few days. A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone who has donated, adopted, fostered, volunteered, and came together to care for the families and pets affected by the recent storms.”