On Wednesday morning, as an employee of Etosha Rescue was making her way to a storage shed, she noticed something strange at the end of the driveway — a crate.
The crate wasn’t there when the worker came in at 6:45 a.m., Etosha Rescue executive director Bonnie Williams said.
Sometime between the hour-and-a-half the workers were there, somebody left a pet carrying crate at the end of the driveway to the local rescue with a dog inside.
“What kind of person does that,” Williams said. “It happened in broad daylight. When you sneak out at night or even in the middle of the daytime and dump an animal in my driveway, well, that is just a really crappy thing to do.”
On top of the crate a person wrote “Her name is Donut. 1 yo. Needs a good home please.”
Williams said it is bad enough to abandon a dog in that fashion, but to top it all off, the rescue is beyond capacity.
After discovering Donut, Williams called animal control and eventually took the dog to the shelter.
“I would just like to tell that person that all they accomplished is delaying the time that she would go to animal control because I’m full,” she said. “To me that is just rude and total disregard. They must have cared something to leave a name, but they don’t care enough to do things in the proper way.”
Calls from people looking to rehome pets or to pick up some that have been abandoned happen multiple times a day, Williams said.
A majority of the time it is for people with cats or kittens, she said.
“I’ve already got over 100 (animals),” she said. “Where am I going to put them?”
With an abundance of animals and the stream of donations starting to run thin, Williams said it is becoming increasingly harder and more heartbreaking to run the rescue she began almost 37 years ago in Castroville.
“Guadalupe County is going to have to go on without me and it makes me very sad,” she said.
In addition to rescuing canines and felines, Etosha works on helping to curb the overpopulation of pets with a low-cost spay and neuter program. Williams realized that spay and neutering can be costly and created a low-cost program to help ease the burden on people’s wallets.
“A lot of times people can’t afford it … which is why I set up the low cost spay and neuter program 10 years ago.
But, much like the rescue, the program is also in jeopardy of ending without financial assistance, Williams said.
“It takes care of over 1,000 spay and neuters each year, but it is going to be shut down. I can’t fund it any more,” she said.
Williams is working on letters for potential grants, but those only go so far after paying for electric, water, feed, vet bills and wages.
She is also in need of volunteers.
“People and foundations don’t seem to understand that it takes money to do all of that, and it takes volunteers,” Williams said. “To rescue animals it takes a lot of money. I don’t have fancy kennels here, no air conditioning. I wish people would understand how much a little donation every once in a while helps or come out and volunteer.”
Anyone looking to donate to Etosha or help volunteer are encouraged to email Bonnie Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 830-401-0150.