East Texas Rescue Shelters Send Animals North to Fight Stray Population | KETK.com

TYLER, Texas (KETK) — Several east Texas animal shelters have been overrun with stray dogs and cats. With the increase in cold weather, the need to find warm shelter for these animals has increased.

Every day, Facebook will be inundated with posts about stray animals in need of help. East Texas animal shelters are struggling to keep up with demand.

With no more room to house stray animals in East Texas, nonprofits like the Humane Society of the United States have removed animals from the state.

“With the rescues that are here locally, what they do is they work with rescues that are up north and they adopt animals because they have very strict sterilization laws and neutering there,” said Amber Green, the Smith County Animal Control and Shelter Supervisor. “So in some types of dogs that we have here, they don’t have them up there, so they want them.”

For example, 38 dogs were seized in Winona, but because shelters in East Texas were filled with abandoned animals, they were taken to Maryland.

“There’s just no one who wants to adopt right now, and the foster families and/or rescues that take animals from us, they’re looking for foster families to help get the animals out of there,” Green said.

Unlike in the North, there are no spay and neuter laws in Texas, and animal shelters in East Texas have reported being overrun with puppies and kittens coming through their doors.

“Treat your pets like they’re part of your family and, if possible, bring them inside,” said Gayle Helms, executive director of Pets Fur People.

Without help, the animals spend their time outside in the freezing cold, shivering without shelter or food.

East Texas rescues have been doing all they can to keep up with demand and make space, but the need for foster families and supplies has increased.

“I think a lot of people don’t understand the impact of having these dogs and cats that aren’t spayed and how it affects the whole community,” Helms said.

In seven years, a mother cat and her offspring can produce 427,000 kittens. East Texas shelters and rescues said neutering and neutering was the best way to solve the problem.

For those interested in fostering, donating to a shelter or adopting, they can contact their local rescue for more information.

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