For the past three months, the Wichita Falls Animal Services Administrator said their shelter has been overflowing with kittens, cats and dogs.
The shelter is under construction because the city decided to expand it. However, during the construction, the facility will also lose some of the existing dog runs, which will be difficult because the shelter is already low on available dog runs.
“We’re picking up a lot of dogs,” administrator, Katrena Mitchell, said. “People have been surrendering animals left and right. We are keeping our kennels full, unfortunately.”
During the summer, it is typical to receive several cats and kittens.
“A few weeks ago — in one week — we took in 55 cats and kittens. Last week we took in 99 dogs and cats,” Mitchell said.
But this year, the shelter is also overflowing with an unusually high number of pups.
“All of our runs – I believe – are full. We’ve had dogs in crates in the back… It’s just been. Our numbers have been crazy with the dogs,” Mitchell said.
And Mitchell said that is another reason why they hope to join in on the ‘Clear the Shelters’ campaign with other shelters in Texoma and give more people an opportunity to provide a forever home for these animals.
The ‘Clear the Shelters’ campaign is associated with NBC affiliates nationwide. Local NBC television stations team up with shelters in their area. Last year, was the first nationwide effort and it ended up providing 20,000 pets a new home. The campaign is on July 23, 2016.