SAN ANTONIO – It’s been nearly three weeks since the air conditioning went out at San Antonio Pets Alive’s rescue center. Now the nonprofit is relying on outside resources to help reduce the number of animals in its care.
“The fact that our AC unit was broken and set us back a few days impacted our life-saving work, but we’re still picking up and doing the best that we can,” said Stephanie Paz Perez, San Antonio Pets Alive’s marketing manager.
SAPA’s AC unit went out on July 3. Paz Perez said their new unit won’t be in for at least another week.
Thanks to foster families stepping up and temporary AC units and generators, SAPA is getting by for now.
The temporary equipment means they can use part of the rescue center that was previously vacated due to no circulating air.
While SAPA does what it can with limited space, the city’s euthanasia list is growing.
“The number of dogs that are at risk each day just varies. We’ve seen more than 25 a day,” said Paz Perez
SAPA rescued 112 dogs this week that were going to be put down.
Paz Perez said the overpopulation problem has been growing over the past few years, and she doesn’t see it slowing down.
“Spaying and neutering, being responsible, making sure their pets don’t get out. I think that’s the main issue,” said Paz Perez.
SAPA offers free and reduced spay and neuter resources. Find more information about the organization here.