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Bastrop County Shelter is at capacity and seeks to get rescue animals adopted

Arianna Auber
The Bastrop County Animal Shelter is at capacity with dogs and cats this month.

Wanting to add a fur baby to your brood? Now is the time to adopt.

The Bastrop County Animal Shelter, currently filled to capacity, is hoping to find forever homes for the dogs and cats in its care. There has been an influx of more than 134 animals since May 1, according to KXAN

It’s the only shelter for the entire county, which encompasses the cities of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville and has a total estimated population of about 80,000 people, according to the KXAN article. The director of animal services for Bastrop County, Ashley Hermans, said the shelter takes in more than 3,500 animals per year.

Though the shelter relies on volunteers and foster families to ease the number of animals in its facility, these have proven not enough. The shelter has a policy of keeping the dogs and cats until they have found a good home, and it also does not have funding “anything close to what is available in the Austin area," Hermans said to KXAN.

To view the animals available for adoption in Bastrop, visit