Mike Gillis is the new Director of Animal Care Services in Corpus Christi.
The U.S. Marine came from Austin, where he was director of operations for the capital city’s animal shelter.
When asked what the difference between Corpus Christi and Austin in regards to animals, Gillis was specific about the difference.
“The number of free-roaming dogs and cats that we have in Corpus Christi,” Gillis said. “We did not have that as large of a challenge up in Austin.”
Notice Gillis did not say “stray” dog problem. He said “free roaming”.
Most of the dogs we see on the street have owners, but Gillis says owners can be careless and allow their dogs out to run free.
Gillis says the way to stop it is through awareness. If your neighbors have their dog outside, please tell them to keep the dog inside.
“Pet ownership is a great responsibility. Second to having children,” Gillis said.
And Gillis says if you do not have a dog and want one, ask yourselves these three questions:
“Why do I want a dog? Can I take care of a dog? Am I willing to commit to this dog for 7-10-12 years,” he said.
Gillis also says, if you have a dog or are thinking of getting one, please have your dog or cat spayed or neutered.
“It’s almost overwhelming here the number of unaltered cats and dog we have in our community,” he said.
If you are thinking of adopting an animal, the Corpus Christi Animal Shelter has plenty up available for adoption.
The cost is $25. This includes: spay and neutering, shots, a micro chip and a dog license.