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Animal Center celebrates one year in new shelter

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To give back, Cristy Erickson fosters dogs from the Austin Animal Center so they know what it's like to be part of a family. Erickson took in Diamond and her litter last spring.
Now that the puppies have all been adopted, she's hoping to help find a home for mom, too.

"What's there not to love? To me they're just so innocent, they rely on us for so much and look to us for so much and they just give us everything," said Cristy Erickson.

The Austin Animal Center cares for nearly a thousand homeless animals. The community celebrated the new facility's one-year anniversary Saturday. Over the past year, more than 7,000 found homes.

"The state-of-the-art facility is one-of-a-kind in the United States. We have the highest outcome of any municipal-run, city shelter," said the Austin Animal Center's Lauralei Combs.

The 45,000-square-foot shelter saves 90 percent of our city's homeless animals. In 2006, voters approved the $12 million facility. The extra 5,000 square feet make it easier for Austin to be a no-kill city.

"We're more than just a business town, we're compassionate artistic athletic, intelligent, high-tech, you know we're everything," said Combs.

"They're happy, they're just always happy, just happy to be alive, and that's a very special quality," said Erickson.

It's a quality that touches the hearts of those like Erickson, every time shes sees their faces and hears them bark or meow, looking for a new home.

The Austin Animal Center will waive adoption fees until next Sunday. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP