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Austin Animal Center Releases New Tool To Indicate Intake Status

Austin Animal Center (AAC) has developed a new tool to display current shelter capacity levels.

“Our capacity often changes hour to hour. We needed a way to communicate to the public about our intake status, so we worked with City of Austin Communications and Technology Management on creating these meters,” said AAC marketing and communication manager Kelsey Cler.

There are three meters indicating the capacity levels for cats, small dogs, and medium/large dogs. The meters are updated every hour.

“Shelters nationwide are struggling with capacity,” said Chief Animal Services Officer Don Bland.

“One of our goals with this new tool is to help the public understand our capacity limits and provide a better picture of intake status.”

The capacity meters can be viewed at

About Austin Animal Center

Austin Animal Center, operated by the City of Austin Animal Services Office, is the municipal shelter for the City of Austin and unincorporated Travis County.

Austin Animal Center provides shelter and care to more than 11,000 animals annually, and safely places more than 95% of all pets.

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