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Volunteers plea for help: Thousands of dogs put to sleep in San Antonio, Texas

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Some urgent news animal lovers can use: There's a critical situation in San Antonio, Texas. Volunteers who work with the City's animal shelter say they need help from around the country because more than 4800 dogs were put to sleep there last year.

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The Problem

It's a deadly equation: A massive pet overpopulation problem and not enough people willing to foster or adopt. It adds up to thousands of dogs who are put to sleep because there's not enough room in the shelter to hold them all. Rescue groups say puppies and pooches are coming in daily by the dozens and many are very adoptable. Some dogs who lived with a family in the past are brought into the city pound because they're no longer wanted. Other pooches were strays, and there's puppies who end up at the shelter because their doggie parents were not spayed or neutered.

How You Can Help

Spay and neuter your pet. Period. End of story. It saves lives by not creating more doggone dogs.

Volunteers say if someone wants to adopt but doesn't live nearby, the dogs can be adopted and transported across the country. They also are begging for in and out of state rescue groups to work with them, several local groups have arranged safe travel for dogs across the country.

If you want to check out animals that need homes urgently check out the city's website, these pictures and descriptions and also this YouTube channel of urgent animals, all whom need to get out of the shelter ASAP. Some will be put down in the next 24-48 hours, so volunteers say if one seems like a perfect fit for your family, or you fall in love with a glimmer in a dog's eye, please act quickly, the situation is dire.

Fostering a Dog

Fostering dogs also helps to save lives and it's tax deductible. Volunteers say if you live near the area please consider fostering a dog, which means allowing a pup or pooch to stay with you for a week or two until they can find "furever homes" for them or they can be transferred to another rescue group. You're literally saving their lives by giving them a temporary home, it's that easy.

If you live anywhere near San Antonio and would be interested in fostering, please contact San Antonio Pets Alive, when you click on that link and their website pops up, just click on "foster".

Feel free to contact this author if you have any questions, or email and more information will be automatically sent to your inbox.



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