BEDFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – The Bedford Animal Shelter has hit capacity, spurring the city to drop its licensing fee by $20 to promote adoption.

Typically, it costs $65 total to adopt an animal –– it’s now down to $45. The shelter can hold 40 cats and 22 dogs, however Deputy Police Chief Les Hawkins said another 34 dogs and 10 cats are being temporarily fostered by volunteers. Those need to find homes.

“June typically sees a rise in the number of animals at the shelter due to this being the time of year when many puppies and kittens are born,” Hawkins wrote in a release. ” We are asking anyone that may be interested in adopting a dog or cat to consider a shelter animal.”

For those who wish to adopt, head to the Bedford Animal Shelter at 1809 Reliance Parkway. Those who need more information about what’s available are asked to contact Hawkins at 817.952.2402 or email him at

In the release, Police Chief Roger Gibson added, “Bedford, as with most municipal shelters, emphasizes trying to find suitable homes for adoptable animals.  The public continues to be our No. 1 resource for finding homes.“