Lufkin animal shelter feels effects of economy

By Morgan Thomas - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's never-ending for the Humane Society of Angelina County.

"The number of phone calls, the number of people coming up here, the number of dumps have increased incredibly," shelter director Lacy Bland said.

They've witnessed a continual rise in the numbers of dogs and cats being left in their hands.

"We've had quite a few surrenders come in," caregiver Angie Tire said. "A big increase since I've been here."

It's creating a back log of space at the shelter.

"We're full to max capacity," Bland said. "We've had a lot of people adopt, but we fill the space right back up."

Why the influx of unwanted dogs and cats in Angelina County? It's getting harder to afford them.

"A lot has to do with the economy right now," Tire said. "They just can't afford to feed them and take care of them."

If it's a decision to feed your three kids or your cat or dog. It's a tough one, but it has to be made.

The cost of taking care of your pet is sometimes more than you can prepare for.

"Besides food there is a lot of things you know animals need," Bland said. "And it does get expensive. People are having to cut costs where they can and unfortunately its with their pets."

That leaves a shelter brimming with animal mouths to feed and donations are always welcome.

"Monetary donations, dog food, cat litter, paper towels," Bland said.

There's also your time. Your love and attention are free to volunteer.

"Walking our animals get them out of the cages," Bland said. "We try our best to walk them as much as we can, but we have so many. We're not able to do everybody everyday."

The ultimate gift you can provide is a home.

"They love unconditionally all they need is their medical care and their food and you got a friend for life," Bland said.

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