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City’s animal control seeks homes for pets

November 29, 2018

It doesn’t seem like a big number, but 16 dogs and 14 cats can take up a lot of space.

The city of Friendswood Animal Control is full, with just a little room to spare for the next stray to come in the door.

Through special price offerings and fostering and volunteer opportunities, the shelter is always highlighting the urgency of pet adoption. With the shelter offering a “Christmas special” adoption fee of $50 for dogs and $25 for cats, the staff works to get them out of cages and into forever homes. Normally, the adoption fee is $100 for a dog is $85 for cats.

The fee includes spay or neuter, primary vaccinations and a vet exam.

The facility’s pet population fluctuates, according to Amy Castro, volunteer liaison for the city shelter.

“I wouldn’t call it overcrowding, but we always have to leave a few cages open because you never know what is going to come through the door,” she said.

Recently, the adoption area was full, with adoptable pets ready to move in as soon as room is available.

That’s OK, Castro said, because those animals can still be brought out to showcase to visitors, but it’s preferable to have the stray area empty.

To give an animal’s owner time to reclaim it, strays that are picked up must be held at least three business days before the city assesses them for adoption, Castro said.

Various factors go into assessing whether a pet is adoptable.

Some animals, said Castro, are obviously happy-go lucky and can adapt with other animals and men and women.

Others are more of a challenge, she said.

“They might be more fearful, may have been a one-person dog that was carried around by everybody and kept inside the house, and so they might take a little more time,” Castro said. “We work to make sure that they’re safe to be adopted by the public.”

The facility does not accept pets that owners want to surrender.

If your pet is impounded, you must pay $15 if you get the animal that day. The charge for each additional day is $7.50.

“Everything that we have is a pet that has been picked up running at large or loose in the city of Friendswood,” she said. “We have no idea of their background or why they’re on the street or lost or anything like that.”

This year as of Oct. 31, the city adopted 224 animals. The breakdown was 93 dogs, 130 cats and one goat.

Last year, the facility recorded 246 adoptions — 124 dogs and 122 cats.

The city has cages for nine adoptable dogs and 11 cages for animals that are being assessed, three isolation cages for dogs that are sick or injured and four cages for animals that are quarantined for having bitten someone or that are suspected of having rabies. For cats, there are 15 cages for adoptable pets, nine for animals being assessed, seven for cats with kittens and four for those held in quarantine.

The city facility does not claim 100-percent no-kill shelter status, Castro said.

Shelters that claim 100-percent no-kill status often do not accept aggressive animals or certain breeds.

“It’s very hard to be ‘no-kill’ if you must take in any stray, and we accept every stray animal,” she said. “If you limit your intake to the highly adoptable and desirable, then it’s easier to be no-kill.”

yorozco@hcnonline.com

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