San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Seeking Donations, Fosters Due To Emergency Intake

Hays County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers made contact with the occupants and subsequently discovered 161 cats and 15 dogs in various states of health.

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is seeking donations, volunteers and fosters as shelter staff and nonprofit agencies continue their response to an emergency animal intake from last week.

On Nov. 1 at approximately 2 p.m. the Hays County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 200 block of Towhee Drive in Buda to follow up on a service call regarding inhumane animal care.

Hays County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers made contact with the occupants and subsequently discovered 161 cats and 15 dogs in various states of health.

The occupants of the residence identify themselves as a nonprofit organization responsible for the care, custody and welfare of the animals. Due to the investigation being ongoing, city officials said no further information will be released regarding the case. 

Due to the influx of animals and the care required, the shelter is open for reclaims only from 1 to 5 PM today, and will be open for adoptions and reclaims from 1 to 6 PM Thursday and Friday. Shelter staff expect modified hours to be in effect for the next one to two weeks.

Volunteers and fosters

The shelter is currently in need of volunteers to help clean adoptable animals. Volunteers, both new and existing, who are interested in assisting at the shelter should contact AIR, Animal Investigation and Response, at http://www.animalinvestigationandresponse.org/volunteer/.

People interested in fostering animals should contact Paws at info@pawsshelter.org.

Update

Animal shelter staff continue to establish a long term plan for rescued animals for the duration of the case, and AIR is coordinating efforts for placement of animals from the shelter.

Normal hours of operation for the shelter will be delayed as it is at maximum capacity. As a result, shelter operations will remain limited to reclaim and adoption until more space is available for animal intake. Staff also continues to work with PAWS to place animals and for immediate foster interests. 

Found pets

The shelter is asking the public to please hold onto stray or found animals if possible and check back with the shelter next week to see if space is available. Also, they should post a FOUND Report and review LOST reports on our website www.sanmarcostx.gov/lostandfoundpets.

Donation needs

  • Disposable  heavy grade aluminum pans (12.75×10.3 in)
  • Disposable paper food trays (concession food style)
  • Ferret hammocks
  • Cat/kitten toys
  • Puppy pads
  • Pine/cob/pellet litter
  • Kitten food
  • Adult cat food
  • Senior cat canned food
  • Small (pint) stainless steel water bowls
  • 36 in (LARGE) collapsible black wire crates (new/used)
  • PetSMart/Tractor Supply gift cards
  • DOG FOOD IS NOT NEEDED AT THIS TIME. The shelter has received a great quantity of dog food this week

The SMRAS team thanks the community for such fantastic support during this busy time.


 

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