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July 26, 2013

Adoptions, fosters helping shelter find homes for animals

Animal Shelter seeing more adoption, foster activity after attention

By Libby Cluett

Walden Farm and Ranch Supply will host a pet adoption from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and, again, next Saturday, both featuring adoptable animals from the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter that need forever homes.

Next week’s event will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the adoption station, located inside the store, that highlights beautiful, playful cats and kittens from the shelter, that need homes.

In a typical month the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter could euthanize as many as 150 dogs and cats, according to Mineral Wells Police Department Lt. Brad Belz. However, with recent attention after last week’s council meeting and assistance from the Humane Society and concerned citizens, Belz said they have adopted out many animals and placed others in foster homes through the humane society.

Belz said Facebook posts, concerned about a report that up to 30 animals would be euthanized last Friday, sparked action and further attention to the shelter. He said they were busy at the end of the week with the increased fosters and adoptions and general public coming in.

Although those animals are situated, some at least temporarily, the shelter constantly takes in animals.

“This is a 365-day journey,” Belz said.

He said some people coming in questioned why the shelter would euthanize when its runs were not completely full. But Belz explained that, in any given day, staff could be called to collect enough animals to fill a set of runs.

In fact, he added, “Monday brought in enough dogs to fill the other two [of four] runs.”

Adoptions certainly help, but he said several other actions over the past weeks have helped curb euthanasia, he said.

At last week’s city council meeting, the council changed city policy to add two days to the 72-hour hold on animals prior to being euthanized.

Belz said this now makes the fourth day, not the second day, the “disposition” day.

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