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City of San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter holds ‘Empty the Shelter’ Event

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Jenny Hargus, psychology junior, plays with Reida the dog Aug 5 at the San Marcos Animal Shelter’s “Empty the Shelter” event.

The City of San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter held their ‘Empty the Shelter Event Aug. 5 through Aug. 6 with the hopes of getting as many of its animals into suitable homes as possible.

The cost of an adoption covers all the initial costs of owning of pet and is designed to encourage ownership as much as possible.

“An adoption is regularly $90, it includes a spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations, pet visit, a rabies vaccination,” Supervisor Erin McCann said. “We try to make sure that we’re aware of whatever health issues they come in with so that people are prepared when they pick up an animal.”

The shelter is located on River Road in San Marcos, its mission is to act as a home for pets who may have gotten separated from their owners and to find a suitable home for animals who don’t already have owners.

Photo by:  Lara Dietrich  | Multimedia Editor  Jenny Hargus, psychology junior, plays with Sophie the dog Aug 5 at the San Marcos Animal Shelter’s “Empty the Shelter” event.
Photo by: Lara Dietrich | Multimedia Editor
Jenny Hargus, psychology junior, plays with Sophie the dog Aug 5 at the San Marcos Animal Shelter’s “Empty the Shelter” event.

“We want to try to get them into a home where they don’t have to come back,” continued McCann

There are a wide variety of cats and dogs available for adoption, some of the animals that arrived at the shelter had reached the point of needing to be rescued from their previous lives and given an entirely new one through the shelter’s adoption process.

“One of the best feelings here is seeing an animal come in that’s just broken or basically had a bad life before and being able to get them adopted into a happy home,” said Nichole Nocki adoption counselor and Lead Vet Technician

By 3 p.m. on August 5 the event had already had 11 successful adoptions and were hoping to have more by their 6 p.m. closing time and more the next day.

The purpose of the ‘Empty the Shelter Event’ is to do just that, find as many animals a home as possible and empty out the shelter; it made this possible for several animals who are now someone’s pet and with future events more will find a home.