HSU eyes new $1M pet facility

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

The Humane Society of Uvalde is ready to have plans drawn up for a new approximately $1 million facility to house 30 dogs and more than 20 cats.

They are not asking the city of Uvalde to finance the building, but HSU would like the city to relocate the animal control office to the new building and help with the ongoing cost of upkeep. They plan to finance the building through grants and a capital campaign, said HSU president George Ann Maixner Tuesday night at the regular city council meeting.

“Personally, I want to stay involved with the humane society, the work you do for the community. I think the rest of the council will feel the same way, you have our support,” said Councilman Stephen Balke.

Over 484 animals have been rescued this year in Uvalde by HSU and outside rescue programs.

HSU and associated programs such as Flights to Furever, which transports animals to New York for adoption, have significantly decreased the number of dogs euthanized in the city. In 2017, 518 animals had to be euthanized, or approximately 56 percent of 916 total animals brought in to animal control. The program has lowered the animals euthanized by 100.


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