Animal shelter

Beginning of renovations at the regional animal shelter

Starting next week, construction of the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter will begin. The $ 240,047.55 renovations will make much-needed improvements to the shelter that will improve the health, safety and viability of rescued pets, shelter staff, volunteers and potential adopters.

In order to begin the renovations, the kennel space had to be cleared. SMRAS’s goal was to find homes for 35 dogs, eight of which were at increased risk of euthanasia if alternative housing was not guaranteed by Friday. All of the dogs were evacuated thanks to those who rescued and adopted, as well as organizations that helped including Austin Pets Alive and PAWS Shelter of Central Texas.

A statement from the city of San Marcos said: “Staff sent an urgent email call on Tuesday, October 19 for established rescue partners to come forward and help clean enough kennels to begin the first phase of improvements. . “

Hays County-appointed animal counselor Sherri Boyett said the importance of updating and educating the community is critical when it comes to shelters.

“You have to have an ongoing community approach. You have to have a growing, ever-growing public relations campaign, ”Boyett said. The shelter is a city-run facility that serves as a resource for the county to house the animals, making it easier to fill the space.

“We urge everyone to urge the city of San Marcos to maintain a Rescue Network Facebook group with current photos and bios,” Boyett said. “We urge the towns of Kyle, Buda and all of Hays County, every communications department and all media to issue weekly publications and print for the animals at the shelter.”

The statement released by the city went on to say, “The ultimate goal is to do what’s best for every pet in the shelter, but this is a community effort to reduce the number of pets. stray and homeless by sterilizing / sterilizing and using a microchip. . Now more than ever, we need everyone across the country to step up and support SMRAS by encouraging, adopting or donating. “

There is no fixed date for the completion of the renovations. SMRAS staff are working to fill the vacant shelter manager position with others, making assistance to county residents crucial.

“You have to plan, you have to have adequate staff and adequate funding as this community grows,” Boyett said while expressing his support for SMRAS.

For a list of adoptable animals or for additional information, visit County residents can also join the Hays County Animal Advocates group on Facebook.

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