Austin Pets Alive, an animal welfare organization based out of Austin, has partnered with Hays County to serve as the project coordinator and aid in the creation of a new pet resource center following action at the Hays Commissioners Court meeting March 28. The commissioners received the findings of an animal shelter and services feasibility study last June to figure out how to best alleviate the strain felt at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, the sole intake shelter in Hays County.

The study found a newly built, centrally located resource center would be able to accommodate over 100 animals, which would alleviate strain felt at the animal shelter, and a veterinary clinic would also be beneficial to the community.

With these findings, APA will be tasked with creating and developing the center; overseeing the operational development of the center, meaning hours of operation, staffing, standard operating procedures and more; and researching land options for the new facility that are easily accessible for residents of San Marcos, Buda, Kyle, Wimberley and Dripping Springs.

The facility will be around 27,000 square feet total across two buildings and an outdoor area; it will also serve as a community clinic with a subsidized spay and neuter program.

The process will begin with analyses of services as well as programs and needs to develop priorities and initiatives for the center.

“We are ecstatic that it's finally official, and I want to thank all of you for the hard years of work. We're eager to get started,” said Claire Callison, director of national operations for APA. “This is the first of the country; this is truly a leader, not just in Texas, but on a national scale.”