East Texas animal shelter has too many animals

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - If the animals at the City of Lufkin Animal Control shelter do not get adopted, they may be put to sleep.

"It's very difficult, especially when they're looking up in your eyes and have that little weepy look in their face," said Director of the City of Lufkin Animal Control, Rhonda McLendon.

The animal shelter said last year they took in close to 8,000 animals and more than half of those were euthanized when they could not find a home, because sometimes a cute face just is not enough.

"And folks come in thinking oh we can bring our litter of puppies or kittens to the shelter and they're going to get adopted look how cute they are, but that's usually not the case, there's not that many people looking for them," McLendon said.

McLendon said last spring there were times where 40 animals were put to sleep in a single day, and this year the outlook is looking just a grim.

McLendon said,  "As we approach spring, especially May, June, July, we'll be getting close to 1,000 animals per month."

McLendon said she has to decide the animals' fate based on their age and temperment, but sometimes she has no choice in putting down good dogs and cats.

"I don't even know how to explain how that feels," she said.

McLendon hates to do it, but says it is a kinder death than starvation.

She said, "Getting there and actually putting them down is the most difficult thing to do, emotionally."

The shelter said the best way to help is to spay and neuter your pets and make sure they wear an ID tag or chip.  The shelter said the Humane Society does offer low cost spay and neuter to qualifying families.

The shelter also accepts monetary donations, dry dog food, cat litter, and newspapers. They said if you come to the shelter and fill out a volunteer form you can also help by spending time with the cats and walking the dogs.