Thursday, November 10, 2022

Spay/Neutering San Angelo's Legions of Unaltered Pets

info@cvpaws is yet to answer this inquiry.  On 11-1-22 I asked:

I am interested in learning the # of Dog and Cat SNIP vouchers PAWS issues per month.  What is the current number issued and does PAWS plan to increase that number to serve the City Animal Shelter? 

On 9-14-22 I asked Executive Director Jenie Wilson:

Which vets/vet clinics take PAWS SNIP vouchers as a general rule?

That question remains unanswered although PAWS website states participating vets are listed on the SNIP voucher.   PAWS website indicated 30 dog spay/neuter vouchers are available for the next 30 days.  Annualizing that figure equals 360 SNIP vouchers.

City of San Angelo policy makers need to consider the magnitude of our unaltered pet problem.  The Animal Shelter released nearly 1,500 unaltered pets the last two years, 760 in the fiscal year just ended.

There is a significant population of unaltered pets in San Angelo neighborhoods.  If City leaders want the Animal Shelter to have space to actually serve citizens then there is a serious backlog to begin working. 

Animal Shelter Chief Morgan Chegwidden said in 2020:

Once we’ve achieved and maintained 90%, we hope to become a community resource to families in need.

The problem of unaltered pets in our community will continue to grow, especially when leaders are OK with ring fencing the Animal Shelter.  

Update 1-16-23:  Concho Valley PAWS has the following re: Spay/neuter vouchers on its website:


Their Facebook page stated on 1-5-23 and 1-10-23:

Our low-cost spay and neuter voucher program will change in response to increases in veterinary costs and grant funding. We are in the processes of finalizing funding and contract agreements and should launch an updated program in February! We apologize for any inconvenience. WE WANT TO HELP YOU GET YOUR PET FIXED. But we have to secure the best possible ways to ensure we can offer the most help to the most people. Thank you for understanding. Please reach out to other rescues to learn about their available spay and neuter programs.
Update 1-17-23:  It appears the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee will not meet as scheduled for Thursday, January 19, 2023 given city staff are yet to post an agenda.  The Texas Open Meetings Act requires the agenda to be posted 72 hours in advance.  That deadline has passed with no agenda posted for the scheduled meeting.

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