With 460 animals and counting, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is at critical capacity, according to April Peiffer, the WCRAS' community program coordinator.

"I cannot remember the last time [WCRAS was] comfortable," Peiffer said. "We have been over capacitated for weeks now."

The WRCAS released a statement early Aug. 10 stating the facility rescued an additional 44 animals due to cruelty late Aug. 9.

The release stated that the shelter was already at critical capacity levels, and this single cruelty seizure has strained resources to the breaking point, putting capacity for care at great risk.

"In result, we are asking the community to help in any way they can, whether that be through adoption, fostering or donating supplies," Peiffer said. "We are also waiving all adoption fees with the support from Petco Love through Sunday, Aug. 14."

Peiffer said she believes the magnitude of pet surrenders and displacements could be related to unprecedented financial issues and housing requirements.

"I don't have any statistics or housing data, but I believe our community is seeing a pattern of financial hardships as well as restrictive housing rules," Peiffer said. "Once upon a time, there was no such thing as pet fees or pet rent and after a while, those costs can really add up."

According to the release, fostering opens a kennel and reduces the number of animals needing care in the shelter.

Peiffer said the WCRAS will work with individuals and families to ensure the right pet goes to the right home in addition to sharing supplies when available.

Those who are able to commit to a more permanent situation can find an inclusive list of all adoptable animals at www.wilcopets.org.

Additionally, donations of newspapers, dog kibble, chicken feed and small metal bowls are always welcome.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/WCRAS-Emergency-Response for a full list.

The WCRAS is open noon-6 p.m. Sunday through Saturday at 1855 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown.