SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio continues to battle a pet population problem with animals often seen running loose on different streets across the city. While some progress has been made, a major resource is on its way to a part of town that could definitely use the help.
It’s a brand new facility just weeks away from opening on the city’s south side. The Brooks City Base Spay Neuter Clinic will focus on spaying and neutering cats and dogs at a low cost, which is one of the best ways to address the ongoing problem of roaming animals. And it's something the south side could desperately use.
In the last fiscal year, which stretched from October 2015 to the start of October 2016, Animal Care Services picked up more than 4,400 cats and dogs in district 3. That’s a little more than 12 animals a day.
“It’s so hard to put into words how many animals that really is. To think that there are that many animals wandering the streets on their own without shelter, without homes,” said Felicia Nino with the San Antonio Humane Society. “Just imagine what it’s like overall in the city.”
It’s really the entire bottom half of the city that faces this problem. District 6 had 5,753 cats and dogs picked up last year while 4,641 animals were picked up in district 5. Close to 4,200 animals in district 2 and just over 4,000 loose cats and dogs were scooped up in district 4.
By comparison, the numbers were much lower on the north side. For example, far north San Antonio had fewer than 900 animals picked up in that same time frame.
“As a community, we all have to come together and do the best that we can to try and diminish these numbers as best as possible,” Nino said.
The new clinic was built in partnership with the City of San Antonio and Brooks Development Authority. The San Antonio Humane Society will run the facility. And to ensure it tackles the problem of roaming animals, SAHS will be obligated to perform 5,000 spay and neuter procedures during its first year and 8,000 every year after that.