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As shelter spaces fill up at AAC, elementary students are writing compelling letters to adopt dogs.

Austin (KXAN) — Overcrowding remains at the Austin Animal Center as some dogs share space in the kennel, the agency said.

With more than 300 dogs to be taken in, the shelter is overwhelmed, according to the AAC.

Stephanie McCutcheon, who works at the shelter, said they are working almost without a job. One room, which is used as an overflow room, was filled with kennels.

“We could come tomorrow and this room could be filled with 18 dogs,” McCutchen said.

McCutchen said they recently saw some dogs being adopted but need more help, especially for medium to large dogs.

Why do so many dogs end up in shelters?

“It could be related to Austin housing and breed restrictions, weight restrictions that homeowners set,” McCutcheon said. “We see people having to give up their animals because of things like inflation. The cost of living is very expensive.”

“All dogs should have a chance,” said Bridge Point Elementary School 4th grader Henry.

Henry is one of many elementary school students who have written compelling letters about shelter dogs.

“I’ve never seen my students be so passionate,” said Bridge Point Elementary School teacher Emily Holden, who commissioned her students to write about shelter dogs.

Holden asked the students to choose a dog and write about why someone should get a dog.

“If you get a buddy, he won’t hurt you as a sleep partner,” said fourth grader Elizabeth.

This weekend, students will leave their letters at the shelter.

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