This decision came after a couple informed council of their ordeal losing two young dogs, after they escaped the fence over the Fourth of July holiday and were euthanized at the shelter, before the family could collect them.
Belz said another factor that has helped curb euthanasia is assistance from the Palo Pinto County Humane Society and fosters who work through this non-profit organization.
In fact, he said several animals, including a number of owner-surrendered Chihuahuas, now in foster hands, will be available for adoption at Waldens on Saturday.
He said the shelter has an assortment of dogs, varying in sizes from the Chihuahuas to Pit Bulls and larger. And, on a daily basis, Waldens has many shelter cats and kittens inside the store in the adoption center.
The Palo Pinto County Humane Society will also be on hand at Saturday’s adoption to help and those fostering shelter-released animals will bring some of the puppies and dogs in their temporary care.
“Adoptions have increased based on the public becoming aware of how often we euthanize,” he said of the reality of running a city shelter. “Euthanasia is a part of the process, being the size of our shelter, we have to euthanize.”
“People are more aware of what we do. We’ve shown a big increase in adoptions and foster parents (PPCHS) and people coming in to look. We hope to see people coming in on a regular basis,” Belz added. “People can come in any time the shelter is open.”
The Mineral Wells Animal Shelter is on Facebook and tries to post photos as much as possible. Belz said they welcome volunteers, too.