SAN ANGELO – Concho Valley PAWS is now leading an effort to convince all local pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered to prevent the City of San Angelo Animal Shelter from euthanizing hundreds of animals because of overcrowding.
The tense situation began when photos of the deplorable conditions at the overcrowded and filthy shelter circulated on social media. At the same time, the City announced it was in the process of removing animals from the shelter so it could be deep cleaned and exterminated due to a roach infestation.
Concho Valley PAWS and the City for years have partnered to reach no-kill status by adopting as many pets as possible. Without warning, the City announced in a letter earlier that it would again begin euthanizing animals at the shelter to alleviate overcrowding and unsanitary conditions.
PAWS representatives responded by saying they weren't notified of the City's intentions and learned about the new plan when the letter was released to the public. Several people spoke at the San Angelo City Council meeting last Thursday about the volatile issue.
Now, PAWS is raising awareness with a new campaign to get all pets spayed and neutered.
In a social media post, PAWS is distributing yard signs to raise awareness: "Do you support life saving programs over killing animals for space? Then let your voices be heard! Order a FREE yard sign or bumper sticker to let our city know killing is not the answer! T-shirt’s are also available for just $10. THIS IS NOT A FUNDRAISER the $10 covers the cost of shirt and printing cost! We want to empower you to speak out! We are there voice!"
Visit CVPAWS.org/BeTheChange to order.