Animal rescues

Animal rescue in East Texas, shelters ask public for help as cold weather approaches

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) — With colder weather and the holidays upon us, this time of year tends to be more chaotic for animal rescues.

East Texas Animal Organizations are calling on the public to help them and the animals.

The East Texas SPCA is receiving an increase in phone calls from people needing help with animals. Deborah Dobbs, president and founder of the SPCA of East Texas, said that was partly due to the holidays.

“As the weather gets colder the calls are going to increase, they’ve already started to increase, because there’s a level of concern, I think, more so when the temperatures are extreme,” Dobbs said.

The SPCA is almost at capacity.

“Our total program is currently hovering around 200 animals. We’re staying between 80 and 100 dogs and 80 and 100 cats. That’s high for us; we’re still asking for foster homes,” Dobbs said.

At the Humane Society’s Pets Fur People, executive director Gayle Helms said they weren’t necessarily getting more calls, but adoptions were down.

“In order for us to have room for new animals, we need to have these adoptions that open kennels to more dogs and cats,” Helms said.

Helms said statistics show that a six-year-old female dog and her offspring can produce up to 67,000 puppies.

“So if we could just get people to neuter and neuter, we wouldn’t have this problem. But until we make everyone accountable and sterilized, there will always be a need for shelters,” Helms said.

Foster care is also an option for the SPCA.

“For example, Cleo is ready for foster care, and as soon as someone shows up and qualifies to be fostered, we’ll open that kennel up and say yes again,” Dobbs said. “And every time these kennels open, we can say yes.”

As the holidays approach, Helms said they expect to see adoptions resume, but she recommends getting the animal before or after the holidays so there isn’t as much chaos to which the animals must adapt.

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