San Marcos animal shelter hopes grant will help increase adoptions


1932 AND 1984.JOHN:MANY OF THE ANIMALS ENTERING THE SAN MARCOS REGIONAL ANIMAL SHELTER ENDED UP GETTING EUTHANIZED EVERY YEAR.THE SHELTER SAYS THE ISSUE IS A LACK OF SPACE AND LOW ADOPTION NUMBERS. BUT A NEW GRANT JUST ISSUED FOR A MOBILE ADOPTION TRAILER HAS LEADERS AT THE SHELTER HOPING TO SEE LESS PUT DOWN IN THE FUTURE.KXAN’S LAUREN LANMON EXPLAINS.FEW THINGS SHOW YOU’RE A DOG LOVER MORE THANâ| SOME PUBLIC AFFECTION FOR YOUR ADOPTED CANINE DAUGHTER. HOLLY RENEE, ADOPTED DOG: “I JUST LOOKED AT HER AND SAID, ‘YOU WANT TO STAY WITH ME?’ AND SHE SAID WELL YES,”HOLLY RENEE FOUND HER PUP, PRINCESS FIVE YEARS AGO AND SHE STANDS FIRMLY BEHIND THE IDEA OF ADOPTION. HOLLY RENEE, ADOPTED DOG: “I DON’T WANT TO SEE ANY ANIMAL PUT DOWN, UNFORTUNATELY AT THE SAN MARCOS REGIONAL ANIMAL SHELTER, THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS ARE PLACED IN THESE KENNELS EVERY YEAR. KARA MONTIEL, ANIMAL SERVICES MANAGER: “IT’S A CONSTANT BATTLE TO KEEP SPACE,”THE DEMAND TO HOUSE THESE ANIMALS CONTINUES TO GROW… BUT THEY’RE GETTING MORE OF THEM ADOPTED.LAST YEAR THREE THOUSAND DOGS AND CATS WERE PUT DOWN AND THAT NUMBER IS LESS THAN THE YEAR BEFORE. IN HOPES OF CONTINUING THAT TREND, THE SHELTER DIRECTOR SAYS SHE HAS A PLAN. KARA MONTIEL, ANIMAL SERVICES MANAGER: “JUST BECAUSE WE EUTHANIZE DOESN’T MEAN THAT WE WANT TO. IT’S JUST THE MORE PEOPLE THAT COME HERE, THE MORE PEOPLE THAT COME HERE, THE MORE ANIMALS WE ARE ABLE TO PLACE, REDUCE EUTHANASIA, ETCETERA,”THE SHELTER WAS RECENTLY AWARDED A 35 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT WHICH WILL HELP FUND A NEW MOBILE ADOPTION TRAILERâ|HELPING SHOW OFF THE PETS TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE ABLE TO VISIT IN PERSON. KARA MONTIEL, ANIMAL SERVICES MANAGER: “IF WE ARE GOING OUT INTO OTHER REMOTE AREAS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY WHICH WE NORMALLY CAN’T DO, THEN THAT’S GOING TO JUST FACILITATE THAT ADOPTION PROCESS AND GET MORE ANIMALS OUT,”AND BRING SMILES TO OTHER FAMILIES, JUST LIKE RENEE. HOLLY RENEE, ADOPTED DOG: “WHEN YOU GIVE THEM A LITTLE LOVE AND CARE, THEY’LL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND FOR LIFE,” LAUREN LANMON, KXAN NEWS. JOHN: WE SHOULD NOTE WHEN OUR STORY FIRST AIRED — WE MISTAKELY SAID MORE THAN 5-THOUSAND ANIMALS WERE EUTHANIZED LAST YEAR.TO BE CLEAR — THE CORRECT NUMBER IS AROUND 3- THOUSAND.AS FOR THE NEW ADOPTION TRAILER — IT WILL BE ABLE TO HOLD AROUND 25 ANIMALS AND COULD HELP DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF ADOPTION EVENTS THE SHELTER HOLDS EACH MONTH. IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED, THE NEW TRAILER COULD BE READY TO USE IN A MONTH. JOHN: JUST BECAUSE A CITY HAS A “NO-KILL” POLICY- DOESN’T MEAN ANIMALS ARE NOT PUT DOWN.IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED “NO KILL”- MORE THAN 90-PERCENT OF ANIMALS MUST BE SAVED.THE CITY OF AUSTIN BECAME THE FIRST THE CITY OF AUSTIN BECAME THE FIRST MAJOR CITY IN TEXAS TO GET THE “NO KILL ” CLASSIFICATION- IN 2010.LAST YEAR- THE CITY OF AUSTIN’S NO

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