Texans Rush In to Foster Dogs After Flooded Shelter Posts Plea on...

Texans Rush In to Foster Dogs After Flooded Shelter Posts Plea on Facebook

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Storms inundated a no-kill shelter in Texas last week with 12 inches of water flooding the animal kennels. In need of immediate foster homes for 162 dogs and cats, Austin Pets Alive posted a plea for help on Facebook.

“Some of the kennels at Town Lake Animal Center are flooding! We NEED FOSTERS NOW! Stop by TLAC if you can safely get here and give a pup a dry place for the night.”

Before long, the plea was shared 13,000 times and Austin animal lovers responded, lining up to help. By the end of the day, the group was “overwhelmed by the support.”

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Facebook Photo – Austin Pets Alive

“Before midnight we had 211 foster applications completed,” Faith Wright of APA told a local news station. “There was a line in our parking lot, waiting to get in and take a dog home.”

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Facebook Photo – Austin Pets Alive

“Those who couldn’t take in an animal for a night or two found other ways to help,” reports People magazine. “Within two days, volunteers had washed all the laundry, cleaned clogged drains and mopped up water, which allowed the largest public-run, no-kill animal shelter in the country to reopen and take in 67 more dogs from another shelter.”

At least one dog found a new forever home after Kim Griffin took him home for the night and the Jack Russell terrier stole her heart. She is now adopting him for good.

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Photo by Kim Griffin

(WATCH the video below from KVUE-TV or READ more at People magazine)

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