Every year shelters throughout San Antonio are flooded with litters of homeless, abandoned animals, and this year is no different. Because of San Antonio’s relatively mild winters, many shelters, including the City’s Animal Care Services, start seeing abandoned litters as early as January and February. The influx of babies is difficult on shelters because resources are stretched to the limit as staff and volunteers try to save as many babies as possible. The baby boom can also have potentially devastating consequences for the puppies and kittens who often haven’t been cared for properly putting them at risk because someone did not get their pet sterilized. The overwhelming numbers also greatly increase the risk of illness coming into and spreading throughout the shelter, which lessens the chances of adoption ready animals finding permanent homes.
Animal Care Services reminds residents that the best way to alleviate the crisis is to spay or neuter their pet. Also, intact male pets can and will roam for miles in search of a mate during the season. Unsterilized males are more apt to engage in a host of undesirable behaviors such as spraying and are more likely to bite. Residents can also lend a hand to local animal shelters who are struggling to keep up with San Antonio’s pet overpopulation problem. Donate food and supplies, make monetary donations, become a volunteer or foster parent.
For more information or to adopt a pet, call (210) 207-4738 or visit sanantonio.gov/animalcare.