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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