City Of Fort Worth Doubles Pet Adoptions

By Andrea Lucia, CBS 11 News

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – With her kids off at college, Nyana Crosby has visited the city’s Pet Adoption Center several times a week looking for a new companion.

“I couldn’t find the right one,” she said.

Every day, though, there are new animals and new prospective owners, ready to take them home.

“When I come up here, it’s pretty crowded,” Crosby said.

It’s a strikingly different scene from this time last year.

“Christmas Eve last year at the shelter, you could have heard a pin drop,” said Brandon Bennett, Fort Worth’s Code Compliance Director, who oversees the city’s animal adoptions.

Last year, during the entire month of December, about 80 animals were adopted. So far this December, at least 308 have found a home.

This year as a whole, the city expects it has doubled the number of adoptions, drastically cutting the number of animals euthanized and the cost of sheltering animals.

“Since April 22 of this year we have not euthanized a single adoptable pet. And, that’s just phenomenal,” Bennett said.

The city credits the Pet Adoption Center it opened inside the PetSmart store, across from the Hulen Mall.

The center is located in an area where families are considered more likely to adopt. Shoppers say it’s cleaner and more organized than most shelters.

The city’s Animal Care & Control Department also offered a holiday discount, cutting the cost of adopting by more than half over the Christmas season.

“I didn’t want to pay a lot,” said Crosby, who’s happy to save a little money.

Oh, and she finally found her perfect pet: A feisty Yorkie named Pepper.

“He’s not too big and not too small,” she added.

  • Sally Reddish

    Why can’t other cities follow this example? They’d rather murder a beautiful animal than lower their fees so lower income people can make that sweet dog or cat a part of their family.

  • Hemroidious

    Now don’t get me wrong folks, I hate taxes more than anyone else. But, I would be happy to pay an additional Animal Service Charge to the city to cover for adoption fees for animals. It probably wouldn’t amount to a lot if we all shared our responsibility to see that these orphans are given the best chance to live in a good home. Just my thought.

    • DogPillow

      It would be better to contribute to the spaying and neutering, and total vetting of the pets BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE SHELTER. Mandatory spay & neuter is one way to reduce the number of pets in the population.

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