Drilling down on the issue: As of mid-April, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter dog population was at 165% capacity, according to Misty Valenta, Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter animal services director.
Meanwhile Rhonda McLendon, director of animal welfare services for the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, said the city facility is maintaining a manageable population but continues to augment additional adoption efforts to keep the populations under control.
However, both shelter leaders said they expect their animal populations to grow in the coming months as kitten populations tend to rise substantially in late spring.
Where to inquire about how to help:
Reach out to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter here, or call 512-990-6280.
Reach out to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter here, or call 512-943-3322.
Additional ways to help:
There are several other nonprofit entities that help stray, sick, injured and abandoned animals in the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto area. Those include the following:
Pflugerville Pets Alive
The nonprofit consists of a network of animal fosters and volunteers, and does not have a physical location.
Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter
The nonprofit helps coordinate volunteers and accepts donations that go directly to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter.
Blue Dog Rescue
The Round Rock-based all-volunteer organization helps find permanent homes for homeless dogs in the Central Texas area.
2541 S. I-35, Stes. 200-328, Round Rock
Among other initiatives, the Round Rock-based nonprofit takes in cats with feline leukemia and helps contain stray cat and kitten populations through an initiative called Trap-Neuter-Return.
Fans of the Williamson County Animal Shelter
The intervention program helps create second chances for surrendered animals and acts as the nonprofit arm of the the WCRAS. The organization serves Williamson County and the cities of Round Rock, Hutto, Cedar Park and Leander.
Look for a full report on the local shelter capacity issues in the May editions of the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto Community Impact papers.