By TYLER MASK
The Mineral Wells Animal Shelter is currently full and is working diligently with the Palo Pinto Humane Society to remedy the situation.
“Once we take them, they are safe – but we can't take all of them,” dog foster parent Deborah Tanner with PPHS said.
Although PPHS does not have the resources at this time to take all the animals in dire need, they are orchestrating an “adopt-a-thon” at Tractor Supply in Mineral Wells to get these animals into their forever-homes.
The event, which is slated to continue this Thursday and Saturday, has a handful of dogs to choose from including:
• Basset mixes.
• Lab puppies.
• Boxer puppies.
This week, PPHS started with 24 dogs and have adopted five out, so the need for adoptions is still high.
No more than every two weeks, MWAS reaches capacity, MWAS Coordinator Becky McDonald said.
From owners having unwanted litters or losing interest in their pets, to strays being brought in from the streets, every dog has its own story. Either way, McDonald's ultimate goal is to see each dog's story continue.
“If they don't get adopted out, hopefully we will have rescues that pull them or foster homes with the Palo Pinto County Humane Society,” McDonald said. “If not, then the shelter does have to euthanize.”
Although euthanasia is an option MWAS has to turn to for now, McDonald ultimately hopes this will end someday. Since signing on nearly five and a half years ago, she has seen progress.
“I think it will take a long time, but it's getting better,” McDonald said. “Rescues are coming in and pulling dogs. The humane society has fosters that come in and foster the dogs until they find them homes. People are starting to be more aware to check here first to see if their dog is here. We have done a lot of returns to owners lately. Hopefully one of these days we can make it where citizens have to register their dogs through the city, and it has to be spayed or neutered. There's a lot of towns have that right now in their ordinance. I think that's the only way, though, that it will ever change. But the city can't do that over night”