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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Flooding across North Texas has created a desperate situation at area animal shelters. Right now, the Humane Society of North Texas has more than 500 pets that need homes.
Whitney Hanson, the director of development and communications at the Humane Society of North Texas explained, “On average this time of year we see about 60 animals come into our main shelter each day. But for the last two weeks, because of the storms, we’ve seen an average of 97 animals coming in each day.”
Recent wet weather and high water also led to a deliberate increase at the Humane Society. Hanson said, “We actually worked with Mansfield and Weatherford to take in all of the adoptable animals from their shelters last week. [We did it] so that they could create room for people that needed to move away from flood zones and allow their pets to stay with them in the shelter… so that they had a safe place while their family was displaced.”
With dozens of animals to care for while they wait to be reunited with their families or adopted, Hanson said they are in need of people willing to foster animals or donate supplies. “When there are storms fences get knocked down, animals get scared by thunder and lightning and run away, so a lot of the animals that are in our shelter are actually lost and are looking for their owners.”
As a rule, the Humane Society will hold animals for three days or longer while they try and find pet owners. Now the increase in animals displaced by the floods is negatively impacting the possibility of other adoptions. “So, they’re [flood animals] taking up kennel space while we try and find their homes and so that limits the amount of kennel space we have for animals that are actually ready to go into adoptive homes.”
A low cost adoption event held this past weekend led to 188 animals finding homes. Throughout the month of June, the Humane Society of North Texas is offering a 75-percent discount on the adoption fees of all cats and kittens.
To all the people missing an animal Hanson recommends contacting shelters not only in your area but also all across the metroplex.
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