Texas is experiencing massive flooding and there’s more rain on the way. Five people are dead, a dozen are missing, and 80,000 are without electricity. But at least one group will be taken care of despite this mayhem: Texas’ shelter animals.
Animal care facilities have, of course, been affected as well, so area shelters put out the call on social media that they needed help finding dry homes for displaced animals. Austin Animal Center made its adoptions free in order to get these pets out of the unsatisfactory conditions caused by the weather.
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Photos from the inside of the shelter show a healthy queue of eager pet lovers. Those prospective pet parents couldn’t have come at a better time, as the facilities are soaked and flooding. Austin Pets Alive! posted photos to show how drastically they were affected—and how badly they needed help rehoming their animals.
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Animal lovers again responded in droves, adopting the animals either permanently or to provide temporary housing until things returned to normal at the shelter.
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Shelters are also using social media to help owners track down pets that went missing during the inclement weather.
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Dylan Love is an editorial consultant and journalist whose reporting interests include emergent technology, digital media, and Russian language and culture. He is a former staff writer for the Daily Dot, and his work has been published by Business Insider, International Business Times, Men's Journal, and the Next Web.