‘Trying to think outside the box’: Maxed-out animal shelters in Texas look to leaders, community for help

Since the pandemic started, animal shelters around the country have struggled with capacity, finding foster homes, a veterinarian shortage and getting animals adopted in a timely manner.

As kennel space has filled up, shelters around the state of Texas have turned to awareness campaigns, adoption events and temporarily waived rehoming fees, but advocates insist it isn’t enough – they’re requesting increasing funding from leaders, asking community members to step up, and sharing resources about pet adoption.

Clare Callison – director with American Pets Alive!, an Austin-based organization that helps with adoptions and looks to reduce “unnecessary deaths of shelter animals” – joined the Texas Standard to talk about how shelters have managed the influx of animals and some potential solutions to capacity problems.

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