Regional animal shelter closed temporarily to repair water damage

Senior News Reporter

Extensive water damage at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter’s adoption center has led city officials to announce the facility at 750 River Road will be closed for up to two weeks.

A hose in the animal bathing room ruptured sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning when no staff members were present, said Animal Services Manager Kara Montiel in a city press release.

Administrative offices, the surgical room, restrooms, bathing areas and hallways were all reported to have suffered water damage. The kennels for cats and dogs were spared, and no animals were harmed, according to the press release. Adoptions have been brought to a halt temporarily in order to accommodate the emergency repairs to the building.

“The Animal Shelter is working closely with local animal rescue organizations for placement of animals currently at the shelter to make room for incoming stray and surrendered animals,” Montiel said.

According to the press release, the shelter can hold up 200 animals and receives up to 50 animals per day from throughout San Marcos and Hays County.

“Our primary concern is that these repairs will halt adoptions temporarily during our busiest intake season. Animals have their litters during the spring and summer, and people surrender their pets during summer vacations and move-outs,” said Montiel. “We ask that anyone seeking to surrender their pets seek other options, including animal rescue organizations, if at all possible, until we can resume normal operations.”