When Austin's stay-at-home order was issued last month, not only were restaurants, retailers, and small business owners affected, but animal shelters were too. Austin Pets Alive! immediately took to social media to bring awareness to the fact that their animals needed homes as soon as possible, and the community responded. Earlier this week, the Austin animal shelter announced that one of their locations is the emptiest its been in 70 years.
A spokesperson for Austin Pets Alive! told Community Impact Newspaper on April 7 that, "Last weekend Austin Pets Alive! realized that our Town Lake Animal Center was the emptiest it has been in over 70 years because of the amount of foster homes we have secured and adoptions."
Whether people are fostering-to-adopt or simply providing temporary homes to these animals, everyone who has helped make this happen is doing an amazing thing.
Times like these call for reminders that not everything is bad, and this is the perfect example of just that.
Even Queer Eye's Antoni has helped the animal rescue service, fostering a dog named Neon while he was filming in Austin.
This isn't the first animal shelter that has seen a tremendous impact from its community, and hopefully, it won't be the last.
If you're able to help out and foster a pet while you're working from home, you can visit Austin Pets Alive!'s website here for more information on available animals.
Post Doc, pictured above, is currently looking for a home.
Having an animal to spend quarantine with doesn't sound like a bad idea at all, after all, social distancing from your loved ones can get pretty boring.
Plus, it's a great excuse to take a stroll outdoors and get some much needed Vitamin D.
Be sure to include #savepetsinsweats in any pictures of your fostered pets, or spread the word that way — it's the latest trend these days, after all.