It’s apparent that the Williamson County Regional animal shelter had to take out 100 cats or the animal shelter would face some decisions that may lead to the killing of adoptable and healthy pets. A Facebook post about this reached about 334,545 people, and 5,108 people shared it with about 375 comments.
Public reactions and effects
Following the responses and comments on the post, many asked the possibility of the no-kill status. According to Williamson animal shelter, all lost and unwanted pets in their jurisdiction are accepted into their shelter, but they don’t have the control over the number of dogs, cats or other animals that get into the shelter.
The animal shelter has been in existence for about 10 years and summer period has shown to have the highest number of pets’ intake. This is because families that own pets often travel and leave their pets in shelters, causing many pets beyond the shelter’s capacity.
The crisis in cats has been on the increase, and this had led to adoption specials, and free adoptions, but it didn’t seem to turn out well. Consequently, the Williamson Animal Shelter deemed it fit to make the community know the shelter’s dilemma.
The community turned up from Thursday to Saturday. Those who came to the dog kennels and shelter in the parking lot all aimed to save a life.
When the weekend was over, they crossed their target of 100 cats and was short of adoptable kittens and cats. They had to extend the promotion for the dogs. An unprecedented tally resulted to 10 bunnies, 178 kittens, and cats, as well 46 dogs.
No-kill doesn’t come easy at open-admission shelters
No-kill is often left for the private shelter that selects their choice of dogs and cats, as well reject when they reach their capacity. However, it’s harder to achieve no-kill for public shelters like the Williamson.
Over six years now, Williamson animal shelter hasn’t euthanized any treatable or adoptable pet. Achieving without the participation of the community will be hard. It’s a crisis or near-crisis every day at Open-admission shelter until the breaking point is attained.
The final stages of preparation and planning of expansion are on, and if everything goes well, the development will manifest in December or January. This will relieve the problem of overcrowding to a significant extent.
Community can be of help
Join in the trapping of roaming cats in your vicinity, and bring them in for neutering, and release them when they get vaccinated. The members of the community can also be of help by making the pet stay with family or friends. Likewise, get to know behavioral training and secure other homes for your pets.
If you wish to surrender your pet, book an appointment so there would be a better intake management. Also, the lost and found pages on Facebook can help you get a pet back to its family. Then again, share posts and donate to achieve more shelters.