LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Tuesday, the city of Lufkin is accepting $50,000 in grants from the state.
More could be on the way. That money will provide free spay and neutering for Angelina county families.
Many of them never get the chance to find a family of their own.
"We have a huge pet over-population. Many of those animals, over half are puppies or kittens that are euthanized because there is not enough homes out there," said director of the Lufkin Animal Control Rhonda McLendon.
McLendon says about 98 percent of the animals brought into the shelter have not been spayed or neutered.
"Our shelter gets about 7,000 animals a year. Last year we euthanized just under 5,000 of those and we do that many every year. Sometimes up to 6,000, 6,500 depending on what the numbers are coming into the shelter," said McLendon.
To help combat the problem, the Texas department of state health services is offering grant money to eight cities. Lufkin will receive $50,000 from the animal friendly grant.
"This isn't going to take care of the problem but hopefully it's going to help a lot of these folks that just couldn't afford to pay anything to get it done," said McLendon.
There is no financial criteria, but McLendon hopes families that actually need the help will bring their pets for free spay or neutering.
"Things are tough economically and a lot of people need some help," she said.
A snip here and a stitch there will likely save you more money in the long run.
"You are not going to have the litters. They are not going to get in fights like they do. They aren't likely to roam and get hit by cars or get into other fights with other animals. They are less likely to bite," said McLendon.
Plus, these pets that call the Lufkin Animal Shelter home might have better luck being adopted to a real home.
The program is expected to run from April to the end of August. To sign up, go to the Lufkin Animal Control with your picture id. No stray animals will be accepted.