SAPA, ACS shelters filled, desperate call goes out for pet adoptions

Baby boom could cause euthanasia rate to go up


SAN ANTONIO - Puppies are filling the cages at the San Antonio Pets Alive shelter at Animal Care Services. The organization partners with ACS to adopt out animals.

But in the spring, when many puppies and kittens are born, the shelters fill up and SAPA is unable to take many animals from the city.

SAPA’s on-site manager, Taryn Bottensek, said the result is unpleasant.

"Puppies are dying,” Bottensek said. “Dogs are dying because we have no way to move."

So SAPA is desperate to get animals young and old adopted.

Animal Care Services had a big pet adoption event this past weekend.

ACS also has others coming up later this month and next month.

ACS Spokeswoman Lisa Norwood said they are spring-time rituals that they do not look forward to.

This past weekend's event was the Final Fur, where dogs were $50 and cats and kittens just $15. The problem is that in a three-day event, only 39 animals were adopted.

"Maybe they didn't like Final Fur," Norwood said. “Well that's OK. We've got Fiesta Frenzy coming up. We've got Cinco de Meow coming up in May."

So the pressure is on now to get animals adopted before they're euthanized.

"We need to do more,” Norwood said. “We always can do more."

Fostering animals until they can be adopted is also an option for people.

"Now's the time,” Bottensek said. “Get down here as soon as you can."

All adopted animals come microchipped, with all their shots and neutered. You might even get a free bag of food.

For more information, visit Animal Care Services and San Antonio Pets Alive's websites.

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