by Josh Ault
The cat and dog over population problem in East Texas is huge. Over 75% of animals in shelters are euthanized. What can be done to fix the problem?
Diana Hensley, the founder of O'malley Alley Cats, said, "Only way to fix the problem, no punt intended, is to fix the animal." This solution was unanimous with everyone we talked to. Dr. Michael Connolly, a local Nacogdoches veterinarian, said, "We need to have written into our animal control ordinance laws that make it mandatory to spay and neuter pets."
Adoption is another way to get the animals out of the shelters and into a home. Hensley said, "They provide unconditional love and they help children learn compassion and how to care for an animal."
Jennifer Jennings, director of the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter, said, "It's a process that will take time, but it's not snapping your fingers." It is up to you to make a difference. Nancy Hinds, an animal lover, said, "It's not a big chore, you can do it. You just got to care enough to."
If you would like to adopt an animal you can contact your local animal shelter. If you do not want a pet, you can volunteer by holding and walking unwanted pets.
Nacogdoches Animal Shelter - (936)569-9834