Though the Palo Pinto County Humane Society recently inked an agreement with the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter that allows them to help the city place adoptable animals that might otherwise be euthanized, they need foster homes for the dogs.
Though the nonprofit signed the agreement with the city earlier this month, Sherrie Seabolt with the Humane Society said they have not picked up any dogs from the shelter due to lack of temporary homes.
They are asking for the community’s help in finding foster homes and, eventually, owners for dogs the shelter cannot place in a timely manner.
“This is kind of the next step,” Nancy Cameron said about their need for volunteers to help provide a temporary home for the dogs that face the potential of euthanasia at the animal shelter.
“They’ve been very open to the idea and worked with us,” Nancy Cameron, the Humane Society’s liaison to the city in working out the agreement.
They are the first nonprofit to be able to work with the city in helping them place adoptable animals, Cameron explained.
The city recently released several pregnant cats to the group and they were able to find foster homes for the kittens until they can be placed. The mothers are at PetSense, according to Cameron.
By working with the city towards a common goal, they hope to be able to bring down the “horrible euthanasia rate,” Cameron said.
Seabolt said they will help “just as many as we can find places for.”
Animals taken from the city’s shelter will be given the necessary vaccinations, neutered and given medical care at the cost of the group, which hopes to recoup some of the cost through the adoption fee.
The foster home would be responsible for caring for and feeding the foster animals, according to Seabolt, though the group could help financially if needed.
“We’re real diligent in getting them placed,” Seabolt said. They put ads and pictures of the animals on PetFinders and people know to call if they are looking for a dog, according to Seabolt.
However, the dog could be in the foster home for several months until they find a permanent placement, Seabolt said.
Though a couple of people have offered to help with smaller dogs, the larger dogs are harder to place in foster homes, according to Seabolt.
“The spay and neuter program is doing very well,” Seabolt reported.
The group offers assistance to those looking to spay or neuter their animals to reduce the number of unwanted animals.
Those who might be willing to foster an animal can contact Debbie Meeks at (940) 445-0144 or Sherrie Seabolt at (940) 325-3686.
Those interested in the spay and neuter program can contact Nancy Cameron at (214) 906-4563.
Contact Index staff writer Christin Coyne at (940) 325-4465, ext. 3428, or firstname.lastname@example.org.