Over the past few weeks, the Wichita Falls Animal Services Center has been packed with dogs and cats.
“People are still finding kittens – from the neighborhood cats that are having kittens. Cats can have kittens year round. Multiple litters every year,” Katrena Mitchell, Animal Services Administrator, said.
They also have to pick up animals that escape from yards and are out roaming the streets.
And when the center gets so full, Mitchell said they have to euthanize animals almost every day. On Monday alone, nine animals had to be put down.
“It’s hard. You know and our staff talk about it and they come and they say: ‘Can we come save this one? One more day or two more days or let us try this or that.’ So it’s hard on everybody. You know, it’s the worst part of this job,” Mitchell said.
The shelter will soon be able to house more animals, since construction on the addition will wrap up soon.
“So we’re very excited about that. So in the next month or three weeks maybe…. hopefully we’ll have a complete building or addition that we can start using,” Mitchell said.
She said the extra space will help them save more lives, and they are hoping this weekend’s ‘Clear The Shelters’ event does the same.
“It’s going to give us opportunity to make some room instead of having to euthanize the animals just because we need the space. If we can find them good, great homes that’s what we wanna do,” Mitchell said.
Which is the same goal all the rescue groups involved in the special event have in mind — finding pets like these a permanent place to call home.