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Austin Animal Center Breaks Record For Saving Animals

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Walking into the Austin Animal Center, the urge to adopt a pet washes over you immediately. You’ll see a well-staffed, organized facility with rows of animals who seem to bat their eyelashes at you. The shelter has cats of all ages, dogs of all sizes, and even bunny rabbits who need a new forever home. On their website, Austin Animal Center describes themselves as “an open-intake facility where lost and surrendered animals from all of Travis County in need of shelter are accepted regardless of age, health, species or breed.” And now, they’re part of an impressive record!

KXAN reports that Austin is now the “country’s largest No-Kill community,” meaning that animal shelters in Austin euthanize less than 10 percent of the animals that they take in. Already 700 animals this year have found new homes through the Central Texas shelter. They “saved 97 percent of cats and 99.2 percent of dogs admitted to the shelter in January.”

Of course, Austin Pets Alive and many other rescue groups have helped to achieve this goal by taking on many of the animals that have medical or behavioral problems, rehabilitating them and then finding them the perfect owners.