Lack of sterilization and neutering lead to capacity issues at Bastrop Animal Shelter
BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — It’s been a busy weekend for the Bastrop County shelter since it issued an appeal after seeing an unusually large increase in the number of puppies. People visited and explored adoption.
Defenders at the Bastrop County Animal Shelter say they are looking for new homes for more than 100 puppies and small breed dogs. They say her high puppy population is due to an influx of new litters.
“The shelter is full. We have been operating near or at full capacity for some time,” said Ashley Hermans, director of the shelter. “This facility is not built for the population we have in Bastrop right now. So many businesses move to our area, and we are adjacent to Austin. We face the same pinch as everyone else.
The Bastrop refuge has only about 90 kennels. Recently, more than 80 animals came from a home whose owner died in February.
The county said the animals were well taken care of, but none were neutered or neutered and they “just continued to have litters.”
These puppies have received their first round of vaccinations and are being monitored inside a makeshift area of the shelter that previously housed cats.
As people look to adopt a new furry friend, Hermans also encourages people to neuter pets they already have at home, but she acknowledges that can sometimes be a hindrance.
“There’s a shortage of vets, there’s a shortage of affordable services and access to those services,” Hermans said.
The shelter is partnering with Save An Angel to help fix pets, but Hermans said it can be difficult to keep up with demand. The county usually has a low-cost wellness clinic, but is working to hire a new vet.
“Cost can be a huge barrier. At the moment we are open two days a week, so Mondays and Saturdays. Our goal would be to operate five days a week,” said Jeremy Parks, executive director of Save an Angel.
The Bastrop Refuge is also partnering with a group called the “Lost Pines Alliance” to build a new facility to keep up with Bastrop’s growth. The groups are pushing county commissioners to discuss future construction.
Hermans hopes to have an item on the agenda in the coming weeks.