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In effort to raise the standard of care for animals, San Angelo sets limit of 180 dogs and 120 cats in city shelter at one time
Canine intake will close once shelter has 170. As of 11/2, city shelter has 181.
During Tuesday’s city council meeting, Morgan Chegwidden, the head of animal services for the city of San Angelo, updated the city council on the problems that have occurred at the animal shelter.
In her presentation, Chegwidden mentioned that there are six staff members whose job it is to clean and take care of the shelter animals. According to industry standards, each shelter animal needs to have nine minutes where they are taken care of per day.
Chegwidden also said that she has budgeted for a total of eight positions to clean and take care of animals but has not been able to fill those two extra positions.
To help raise the standard of care for the animals in shelter, city council set a max of 180 dogs and 120 cats that the shelter can house and take care of at one time.
In setting this max, the city will shut down canine intake when the population exceeds 170 dogs.
Because there are currently 181 dogs in the shelter today, there will be no canine intake until the population goes below the 170 canine threshold.
According to the city, there are four things citizens can do to reduce shelter population:
Ask about Good Samaritan program where you can hold a pet for a few days before locating owner
If they are staying out of traffic, leave pet in home neighborhood.
Reach out to local rescues like Concho Valley P.A.W.S.
Call Animal Services at 325-657-4224