Dog Feeding

Canine and cat foster teams wanted to maintain San Antonio’s kill charge down, live-release charge up

For the previous couple of weeks, of us on the Nextdoor app have posted about discovering canine. They acknowledged if the proprietor shouldn’t be discovered, they may flip the canine over to Animal Care Providers. Quite a few folks reply, “Do not flip them over to ACS. They will euthanize them!”

That is not true, proper? I need to right them, however I might prefer to have the proper info so I can reply. The canine look like in good well being and effectively cared for.

— Sally

Expensive Sally,

San Antonio’s ACS is an open-intake shelter, which implies it should absorb each animal surrendered as a part of metropolis companies to the neighborhood. In fact, it could actually run out of area, which might put a canine or cat prone to euthanasia. However that is by no means the primary possibility except the animal is unwell and cannot be handled or has a behavioral drawback that places potential adopters in danger.

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As a substitute, ACS strives to keep up a 90 p.c live-release charge yearly by way of various placements, resembling inserting the canine or cat in foster care till a house will be discovered or transferring it to a different animal shelter or rescue group to be rehomed. These neighborhood partnerships are invaluable in serving to ACS preserve a excessive live-release charge for our neighborhood.

When somebody finds a canine, they need to get the canine scanned for a microchip first. It is at all times stunning to me that folks neglect this step. Animal management, an animal shelter, a spay/neuter clinic  or a vet’s workplace can scan for a microchip. (San Antonio residents can get a microchip for his or her pets from ACS. The fee for these residing exterior San Antonio metropolis limits is $5.)

If there isn’t any microchip, the one that discovered the canine ought to put up an image of the pet on neighborhood social media websites resembling Nextdoor or a neighborhood Fb web page. Ask others to repost it to ensure it will get well-circulated.

If no proprietor is discovered and different native animal shelters are full, ACS is an efficient possibility since it could actually take within the pet and can bend over backward to safe another placement for them. Nonetheless, if the nice Samaritan can maintain the pet for a day or two whereas finding the proprietor, that’s the most suitable choice because it retains the pet from coming into the shelter and taking on area for really homeless pets. 

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Expensive Cathy,

Ought to I feed my cat dry or moist meals? Dry meals is cheaper, however I heard cats typically want the additional water of their meals as a result of they do not drink sufficient? What do you suggest?

— Steve

Expensive Steve,

Cats usually want extra water than they drink, so feeding your feline moist meals can complement its water consumption. However you do not have to purchase moist meals to do that. You’ll be able to add water to the  dry meals and blend it collectively.

Ship your pet questions, suggestions  and tales to You’ll be able to comply with her on Twitter at @cathymrosenthal.

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