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    Animal Care Services issued 43 citations for animals out in the cold Thursday

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Ahead of the winter weather Thursday, Corpus Christi Animal Care Services prepared for calls regarding animals left out in the cold. Thursday, the crews were out responding to those calls. “They were proactively out in the field, responding to calls real-time for calls of service for dogs left outside, or even somebody calling thinking there was an animal left outside,” said program manager Joel Skidmore. “They were responding and handling those.” Skidmore said officers responded to 51 calls Thursday into Friday, and issued 43 citations, which he said was typical for a cold night in the city. “The requirement is if the temperature drops or feels…

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    Hollister Police Animal Care and Services has new operating hours

    The agency also said it began taking in stray animals via its recently remodeled night kennels. Information provided by Hollister Animal Care and Services   The Hollister Animal Care and Services announced it introduced new operating hours beginning Dec. 4. Hollister Animal Care and Services’ hours every Wednesday are from 10 a.m.to 7 p.m. The shelter will also begin operating every first and third Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., excluding major holidays. Animal Services also said it resumed the intake of stray animals found within San Benito County from the shelter’s newly remodeled night kennels on Nov. 24. “Hollister Animal Care and Services would like…

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    Animal Care Services Adds Additional Days to Free Microchip Program

    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Animal Care Services has seen great success with the “Free Thursday” microchip days. Since the program’s launch on June 17, Animal Care Services has microchipped over 950 pets and registered 912 microchipped pets. Beginning Monday, November 29, Animal Care Services will now offer free pet microchipping and registration of microchipped pets Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Residents are welcome to enter the front lobby, and staff will microchip and register their pets. “Your City Council and I are committed to ensuring health and safety and improving our neighborhoods by extending the ‘Free Thursdays’ pet microchipping program,” said Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo. “This…

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    Adoption event taking place at Muncie Animal Care and Services

    MUNCIE, Ind. — Muncie Animal Care and Services is extending its reduced adoption fee event as they continue to face an increasing number of pets under the shelter’s care. Over the past month, the department has had several neglect and rescue cases that have increased the shelter’s population to nearly 400 animals. This is well above and beyond the normal capacity of the facility. To help as many pets find a home as possible, the department is changing its adoption fees for the week. Adoption rates will be the following: dogs $25 cat $10 kittens 2 for $10! Free adoptions will be offered to first responders, active duty military and…

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    The County of Santa Clara Animal Services Center reimagines the conventional shelter

    Animal shelters have evolved quite a bit since the days when adopting a new pet involved a visit to a drab, nondescript building with a cacophonous, kennel-lined central corridor arranged to place the outwardly adoptable pets up front while the less desirables—the infirm, the elderly, the strays—were sequestered in the back unnoticed. Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture’s County of Santa Clara Animal Services Center, a combination open-intake shelter and clinic that also serves as a critter-focused community hub for rural San Martin, California, has further upended that model. Opening earlier this year, the pointedly conspicuous facility is topped with an undulating, solar panel-clad roof and a quintet of gabled extrusions that…

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    Five Questions with Shannon Sims, Animal Care Services Director

    A year after Animal Care Services (ACS) reported its highest live release rate of pets ever—94.5 percent— interim director Shannon Sims says the city is again in need of foster and adoptive homes. That rate, which measures how many animals are returned to their owners or are placed within a new home or partner nonprofit agency rather than being euthanized, went up in 2020 as locals who were staying home during the height of COVID-19 volunteered for the first time as pet foster parents. Sims says the rate this year still is high at around 93.5 percent but that it will take more help to maintain it through the summer…

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    Column: Animal Services needs volunteers | Local News

    I was most amazed to see the Catawba County-run facility on Government Services Drive in Newton. In some ways, it looks more like a big veterinary practice than an animal shelter. It’s clean and fairly new, having been constructed in 2014. There are several workers, including a contracted veterinarian and an on-staff veterinary technician, all of whom dress in comfortable uniforms. All the animals that live at Animal Services receive medical care: vaccinations, spaying or neutering, medicine and treatment for illnesses and injuries, and so on. Jenna and Mark shared Animal Services’ list of functions, and it’s way more than animal control. There are adoptions. The agency works with foster…