Hundreds of Animals Face Euthanasia at Overwhelmed Texas Shelter

Hundreds of healthy, adoptable pets at the Chuck Silcox Shelter in Fort Worth, Texas are in danger of being killed for the first time in two years due to a sudden influx of animals.

Last week alone, more than 560 dogs and cats were taken in. The shelter’s capacity is 400 and it is offering discounted adoption fees and asking the public and other organizations for immediate assistance to help save these animals.

“This situation is not easy for anyone”, said Brandon Bennett, Code Compliance director. “Not for the staff, the volunteers or the partner organizations we work with on a daily basis. The animals we received last week are quickly and currently being assessed for a range of health issues. However, many of the animals that were already at the shelter are ready to be adopted or rescued immediately.”

Bennett stated that their partnership with PetSmart Charities and other organizations have been so successful that no healthy, adoptable animal has been killed since 2010. Sadly, many others in the area are also being overwhelmed with animals.

Adoption hours are normally from noon to 6 p.m., but if people are early or waiting late they won’t be turned away, reports NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.

“We do not want to euthanize healthy dogs and cats,” said Bennett. “It would be heartbreaking.”

If you’re in the area and considering adding a new addition to your family, or know someone who is, check here for info about their adoptable animals.

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106 comments

carla page
carla page3 years ago

my dog does not get along with other dogs or i would foster dogs! plus i have chainlink fence that needs repair and is nit tall enough to foster,my fence is only 4ft to foster you must have 8ft-10ft fence to foster plus you must have dog houses and dogfood and a homecheck must be done before you can foster a dog.if people would get their pets spayed and or nuetered and people would be more responsible pet owners we wouldn,t be seeing animals dumped in kill shelters.i adopted my yogi from a nokill shelter.

Dostana Ljusic
Dostana ljusic3 years ago

this is from their facebook page, posted on may 25th

"Quick update on the animal situation before the holiday weekend: We have adopted out 432 animals this week and very few adoptable animals remain. Remember, though, that more animals come in every day, so we still need your help. "

you can follow up with them here: https://www.facebook.com/CityOfFortWorth

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing, hope this issue gets sorted :(

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright3 years ago

Care 2......can you please give us an update on this situation???????

Cindy Girgenti
Cindy Girgenti3 years ago

I'm praying to God that you don't have to break that great record of not having to put an animal down since 2010!! I pray every animal gets a loving forever home asap!!

Sergio Padilla
Sergio Padilla3 years ago

Poor babies, I hate puppy mills!
Why is it so hard for people to adopt and not to buy an animal??

Doug Gledhill
Doug G.3 years ago

Solutions? National law to ban puppy mills, require reponsible breeders to take back unwanted animals and mandatory neuter and spay laws with heavy fine for those who don't. Microchips should be mandatory and those who would commodify the lives of these beings should pay to have these animals cared for until they find new homes. Perhaps these efforts would put an end to these people who view animals to be a commodity that they can just dump off whenever it becomes inconvient.

Tucker T.
Tucker T.3 years ago

TO EVEN THINK ABOUT GIVING UP YOUR PET IS A CRIME!!!!!!!!!

NEVER,EVER FOR WHAT EVER REASON, I WOULD NEVER,EVER GIVE UP ANY OF MY PETS, EVER!!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE FAMILY,AND FAMILY IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!!!!!

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch3 years ago

I could not give up any of my pets, EVER! That anyone could, is beyond my comprehension.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner3 years ago

There is a subclass of cruelty minded human that work in these "kill" shelters. Those so called shelters shouldn't exist.