Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter seeing swell of intakes during October

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The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is running an adoption promotion for adult dogs and cats through the end of October. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is running an adoption promotion for adult dogs and cats through the end of October. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

Staff at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter has dropped the price to adopt some cats and dogs as it experiences a new surge in animal intakes.

Since the beginning of October, the WCRAS has taken in more than 150 animals, according to an Oct. 7 news release.

“One hundred and fifty animals in just seven days is an enormous amount we simply cannot handle ourselves. ... The situation is critical,” said Misty Valenta, animal services director for WCRAS, in the news release.

The animal shelter is asking the general public to help mitigate the surge of new intakes by adopting and fostering animals.

As part of this effort, the WCRAS has dropped the price of adoption fees for all medium and large adult dogs and adult cats to $4 throughout October. This drive is part of the WCRAS’ participation in the Texas Big Dog adoption promotion, sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society. To view a list of adoptable pets, visit the WCRAS website here.


The WCRAS further states new and experienced foster homes are needed to help manage the surge of new intakes, and the animal shelter is seeking first-time foster households. According to the WCRAS, a two-week foster will help the shelter manage the capacity issue it is facing. Households interested in fostering pets can find more information about the animal shelter’s program here.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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