‘Tough decisions’ on the horizon for a Hill Country animal shelter

“The amount of time a dog spends at the shelter can vary. Some dogs have been here for a few days, others have been at the shelter for over 200 days,” animal services manager Christie Banduch said in an email. “Shelter staff will be forced to make difficult decisions.”

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As of April 29, 2022, Lina, 48234616, had been at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter for 287 days.

Courtesy of San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter

Although they are called the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, they welcome dogs from towns in Hays County, including San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Wimberley, and Dripping Springs.

Banduch said there are 93 kennels that can accommodate two dogs entering the shelter together or an entire litter of puppies and their mothers in one kennel. The shelter has 140 dogs and more come every day. The main source of overcrowding comes from unwanted litters resulting from unspayed or neutered animals, she added.

“There are options other than permanent adoptions. Staff work around the clock with our foster and rescue partners to find temporary homes. We often have animals that have medical or behavioral issues that limit their pelvis of adoption,” Banduch said.

For fiscal year 2021, the shelter took in 4,059 cats and dogs, of which 206 were euthanized. The live result rate was 92%.

As of April 29, 2022, Emma, ​​47625089, had been at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter for 214 days.

As of April 29, 2022, Emma, ​​47625089, had been at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter for 214 days.

Courtesy of San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter

“The most common reasons for euthanasia are when an animal has serious medical conditions or extreme behavioral issues that make adopting the animal too dangerous,” she said.


There is no adoption fee reduction at this time. The $97 adoption fee includes neutering, veterinary exam, vaccinations and microchipping. The refuge is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Anyone wishing to find an animal to adopt can go to its website.

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