Animal rescues

East Texas Animal Rescue, Shelters Calling For Public Help As Cold Weather Approaches

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

Animal organizations in East Texas 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 East Texas SPCA, said part of this was due to the holidays.

“As the weather gets colder the calls will increase, they have already started to increase because there is a level of concern, I think, especially when the temperatures are extreme,” Dobbs said.

The SPCA is almost at full capacity.

“Our total program right now is around 200 animals. We stay between 80 and 100 dogs and 80 and 100 cats. It is high for us; we always ask for foster homes, ”said Dobbs.

In Humane Society Pets, Executive Director Gayle Helms said they aren’t necessarily getting more calls, but adoptions are on the decline.

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

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

“So if we could just get people to sterilize and sterilize, we wouldn’t have this problem. But until everyone is responsible and sterilized, there will still be a need for shelter, ”Helms said.

Foster care is also an option for the SPCA.

“For example, Cleo is ready for a foster family, and as soon as someone qualifies to be a foster family, we’re going to open that kennel and say yes again,” Dobbs said. “And every time these kennels open, we can say yes.”

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

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