Passionate animal lovers came out to voice their concerns about Animal Care Service's Brooks City Base facility. All are afraid animals there aren't given a fair shot at finding the forever home they deserve.
“You ought to help people , but I really believe it should be closed. I believe you need to puut those animals where they can be better taken care of and find better homes," said animal advocate John Bachman.
The issue is particularly troubling for other animal advocates like Stacey Hodge.
“You've made it significantly harder for these dogs to live to get a chance to get a home," said Hodge.
She has rescued dogs from Brooks. She said dogs there are sometimes left off ACS’ website and that particular facility that houses a third of ACS' animals is difficult for the public to find.
"We talk about public access, there's no reason why there cannot be a sign up there. There's no reason why there can't be more than a kiosk that people are pointed to, if they're even pointed to," said Hodge.
But ACS director Kathy Davis says the Brooks facility is their overflow facility. Dogs there are being seen and if people want to see a dog there, they are more than welcome to.
"We don't track whether a dog comes from brooks or comes from our campus we just rejoice when any of them get a live release,” said Davis.
ACS said about 70% of the animals at their shelter are adopted out. They're also looking forward to their Brackenbridge facility and a contract with the Animal Defense League. Both plans should allow more animals to be adopted out within the next year.