Jun 04, 2021
In the event you’ve lived in Austin for greater than a yr, you is perhaps questioning how we’re doing over right here on the City Lake Animal Middle with all this rain. Traditionally, our little 70 yr outdated facility floods once we get these loopy Texas torrential downpours. This occurs as a result of the land round our buildings is greater than the kennel buildings which have sunk just a bit each decade into the bottom. Over the previous decade of our inhabiting this facility, we’ve got flooded many instances in each minor and main methods. Now we have labored arduous to stop this concern yr after yr, and prior to now 12 months we’ve got made much more enhancements to appropriate the issue. That’s the reason you have not heard from us these previous weeks — our drains are literally working higher than ever! This has solely been attainable due to the generosity of donors and the Metropolis of Austin Water and Watershed Safety Departments.
However even with these enhancements, our drains are nonetheless 70 years outdated, and there’s solely a lot they’ll take.
What is occurring proper now with the climate may be very very similar to what we skilled in 2015 proper earlier than the Memorial Day Flood. It rained for a lot of days straight and the land was utterly saturated. By the point the large downpour occurred on Memorial Day, the one factor water may do was journey as runoff. Whereas we have been nowhere close to the toughest hit, our kennels and buildings flooded and we needed to do an emergency evacuation of our pets.
We’re hopeful that the rain predicted over the subsequent week stays gentle, however as a result of it could be silly to guess towards Mom Nature, we’re getting ready for the worst.
Proper now, we want your assist to maneuver our canine to fosters and adopters as quick as attainable in an effort to lower the variety of kennels getting used. That means any canine nonetheless left on the shelter will be moved to dry kennels, as some kennels could flood earlier than others.
If you’re inquisitive about fostering a canine and giving them a dry place to remain out of the rain, please e mail [email protected] to be linked to the Austin Pets Alive! Canine Foster Group.
In the event you can not foster or undertake a pet in want presently, contemplate making a donation to help APA!’s future life saving efforts. It’s also possible to unfold the phrase to your networks by sharing this weblog or this Fb put up.