East Texas animal shelters at capacity due to recent rains

East Texas animal shelters at capacity due to recent rains
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Recent rainfall in East Texas is to blame for lots of changes in the area; one of which is causing business to boom at one local animal shelter.

Kurth Animal Shelter Director Aaron Ramsey said the high water from recent storms have forced stray animals once hiding out under bridges and overpasses out into dangerous roadways. Ramsey said the influx of animals primarily consist of unwanted cats and dogs and the increase in numbers is coming at a bad time.

"Historically, this is always a high time of year for animal intakes. The summer months are usually high", Ramsey said.

Additionally, the rising number of stray animals is cause for concern because it also increases the risk for disease.

"If someone brings us an injured or sick animal, we don't turn them away so that is always a concern here. When you have more coming in, statistically there is going to be more caring disease or sickness", Ramsey said.

Ramsey said one problem is they can't turn animals away which means some will be euthanized.

"We have enough kennels for dogs and cats for a population of around 200 and that is max capacity", Ramsey said.

Ramsey hopes the rain will slow down long enough to get a handle on animals they are taking in.

Due to the overflow of animals, the Kurth Shelter will be giving a discounted price on animals brought in. Ramsey also said there is the option of becoming a foster parent to the animals.

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