The Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth has taken in an almost unprecedented number of animals this week.
“We did over 200 animals through the front door on Friday alone, over 650 for the entire week,” said Shelly Meeks, assistant director of the Humane Society of North Texas.
The tipping point was reached when 52 dogs were seized from a puppy mill in East Texas. Overflowing with unwanted animals, employees say the facility has reached the point of critical mass, and they are imploring concerned citizens to consider fostering or adopting before healthy animals are killed to make room for more.
“We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time. It’s kind of scary and I hope it’s not a continuing trend,” Meeks said. “We need homes, we need foster homes and we need donations.”
In order to encourage potential adopters, fees have been reduced, and pets younger than a year can be adopted for just $50 – all animals over one year have had their adoption fee reduced to $25.