Animal care services seek community support as kennels fill to capacity

While most pets find homes elsewhere, some arrive in poor health and leave the shelter with a difficult decision to make.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Corpus Christi Animal Care Services is at capacity and is seeking help finding homes for rescued pets.

While most pets find a home elsewhere, some come to ACS in poor health, leaving them with a tough decision to make.

The decision is euthanasia for animals that unfortunately cannot be rehabilitated. However, that’s something Joel Skidmore, program director for ACS, said isn’t what they want to do if they can find a better option.

“When we have to make the difficult decision to euthanize an animal, it’s never done lightly,” Skidmore said. “We here at Animal Care Services have to make this difficult decision every day.”

As ACS fills its kennels to capacity, they work with partners and the community to find forever homes for pets. They said they would never free up space via euthanasia.

“We avoid euthanasia for space, we haven’t done that. We haven’t done that since I’ve been here and we haven’t done that until I was here,” Skidmore said.

The ACS said animals are only euthanized if they are sick, too injured to recover, a danger to the community or if their court orders it. Animal control manager Mia Burbage said euthanasia was a last resort.

“Every pet we take in is important and because they are individuals, we see their type of placement the first time they come in,” Burbage said.

It comes as 35 dogs and a cat were abducted from a Corpus Christi home in May. Four people have been arrested for animal cruelty in connection with the case. This means that these animals are now under the watchful eye of Skidmore and his team, where they will receive the proper expert care.

“These things not only help them in their lives, but also help them find live placement,” Burbage said. “And our goal is to find the perfect place for each animal to be.”

Skidmore also said ACS needs community support to allow animals to be stuck in one place for too long.

“We need community support to find a placement,” Skidmore said. “We need people who want to come and adopt animals, we have great animals that have been there for a long time.”

If you are interested in adopting an animal, you can visit the ACS website for more information.

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