Animal lovers across Houston showed up in full force last week after the Harris County Animal Shelter received 59 puppies in one hour on July 6.
A record-setting 100 animals were adopted over the weekend after volunteers sent out pleas for help using social media.
Despite the overwhelming response, volunteers say there are still animals awaiting adoption.
Harris County hopes to reduce owner-surrendered pets and improve the adoption rate with a new pet clinic funded by a donation from Houston PetSet.
County officials believe the clinic will reduce the unwanted pet population by making veterinary care more affordable and accessible to the entire community.
The clinic will offer low-cost spay and neuter and wellness services to Harris County residents. By offering preventative and wellness services, the clinic will help reduce the number of animals turned into the shelter by owners unable to afford ongoing care and disease prevention and treatment.
Houston PetSet is also working to fund a new transfer program that will facilitate the adoption of Harris County dogs and cats in other states with a shortage in adoptable pets.
“Harris County has historically lacked the funds to invest in any significant animal welfare programs and, as a result, the annual intake into the shelter is significant,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Community partnerships like this are vital to our ability to make a difference.”
Harris County Animal Shelter is located at 612 Canino Road in Houston. Adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Anyone interested in fostering an animal can contact the shelter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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