Recently, a code-red Facebook post about 32 dogs and puppies in order to be “released” within hours came across my feed. Another dog rescue message came across, pleading for the community’s help for fosters plus the “impossible tide” of dogs, puppies and kittens the organization is placing. I read in disbelief about a beautiful German shepherd left behind when his family moved.

I am an unapologetic dog mom. My husband and I share a love for those special animals we have found on the streets, and we have become “failed fosters” many times. We possess seen the work associated with amazing pet rescue groups in San Antonio, which are overwhelmed by the particular demand with regard to their help.

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A mama canine and her five puppies were located on the side of the road. Another mama and her pups were found under a good abandoned house. Stories like these go on and upon. Vincent T. Davis’ recent Front Page article, “S. A. animal services set to grow amid struggles, ” Aug. 31, said it all: Animal Care Services is experiencing the dramatic uptick in residents surrendering their pets.

These are just some stories since Labor Day weekend. The roaming canine situation will be daunting. It’s an issue that can’t be addressed simply through adoption. It requires strong public policies to promote responsible pet ownership, as well as diligent community participation, and most importantly, people owning up to their own duty as responsible pet owners.

There are also inspiring stories of a network of animal rescue groups plus advocates stepping in because temporary fosters or working around-the-clock to bottle give food to puppies and kittens. Let’s make sure to thank these people.

Thank you to the tireless pet rescue organizations who save as many animals since possible. They never seem to say “no” to that will one more street dog in need associated with help.

Say thanks to you towards the San Antonio Humane Society, San Antonio Pets Alive! and the Animal Defense League of San Antonio for your collaboration and mission to save plus advocate regarding our creatures.

Thank you to those who show up with donations associated with newspapers, blankets, chicken and rice, financial support plus other emergency supply needs.

Thank a person to the city’s Animal Treatment Services intended for its continued pursuit in order to save as numerous animals in need as possible, including pigs, horses, goats and turtles, while also encouraging responsible dog ownership through education, enforcement, partnerships plus offering low-cost pet services.

There are hundreds of heartwarming stories of neglected and stray pets that were saved and are now thriving plus enjoying their particular best lives. They protect our loved ones and our homes. They provide healing and comfort to the people who need it most. They are an extended part of our families. We must be their voice.

Let us work in order to end the particular code-red calls. Become part of the solution to help battle the increase of stray animals. Spay and neuter your pets. Ensure your pets have got a collar with contact information and they are chipped in case they get lost. Become the foster. Volunteer with a rescue organization or nonprofit. Donate. And, whenever looking to get a new family members pet, please adopt — for life.

Anamaria Suescun-Fast is usually CEO associated with talkStrategy.

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