KENS5 first reported on poor conditions at Animal Friends in a September 14 story after the organization, in the face of looming eviction, continued to keep adoptable animals on the property and deny applications for adoptions and offers from other rescue organizations to take animals in. Animal Friends soon disputed the claims, but refused to allow reporters on the property to see the conditions for themselves.
A judge gave Animal Friends an extension, ruling the final eviction date Monday, Dec. 5. Animal Friends had been renting the property, located at 213 W. Borgfeld Dr., since 2009 for only $1 a year.
According to the organization’s web site, on Nov. 15 it excused former manager Cheryl Wildenstein from duty, and representatives have told reporters that it will vacate the property on Monday.
Since the change in management, Animal Friends’ inventory of animals went down from an estimated 140 dogs and cats to approximately 60. Earlier this week, Animal Defense League took in 12 dogs and 4 kittens. Helotes Humane Society made room for one dog, and Chloes K9 Rescue took another. It is unknown what will happen to any animals that are not adopted or transferred to other rescues before the eviction date.
Rescuers are abuzz on the Alamo Area Partners for Alamo Welfare (AAPAW) Message Boards searching for ideas. San Antonio Animal Advocacy Examiner Marilyn Litt wrote a story about one special-needs dog in hopes of finding a special rescue to take her in. Still, many worry that South Texas rescues are already operating beyond full capacity and it won’t be possible to place or adopt all of these animals by the Monday deadline.
A group of independent volunteers, including yours truly, has come together to find placement for Animal Friends dogs at out-of-state shelters. San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society, a no-kill shelter with a successful adoption history located near Colorado Springs, CO, has volunteered to take in four Animal Friends dogs (pictured above) and find them the families they’ve been waiting for.
Amos, Andy, Rusty and Tandy have been living at Animal Friends for three years or more. Now, with the help of the animal transport experts at Tracy’s Dogs, they are getting ready for a 16-hour journey to Colorado Springs. Those who would like to help are encouraged to donate at http://hhsfrancis.chipin.com/animal-friends to pay for their medical costs, boarding and transportation. All proceeds from this blog in the month of December will go directly to this cause, so you can also help by sharing this article and leaving your comments below.
Those interested in volunteering to temporarily foster any of these dogs in their home until their trip or in helping with transportation can contact [email protected] for more information. If you are headed toward Colorado for your Christmas/Holiday break and have room for an extra passenger, please let us know!
We hope to find more organizations in Colorado – or anywhere – able to take in dogs before it is too late. You can see photos of some of the dogs still waiting for rescue in the slideshow on this article. The Animal Friends Petfinder listings have not recently been updated, so the best way to find out which dogs and cats are available is to head to Borgfeld Rd. 12-4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday to meet them for yourself.