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Monday, April 19, 2021

Fort Worth Animal Shelter at overcapacity

The Fort Worth Animal Shelter is experiencing an intense overcapacity situation with 266 animals entering the shelter in the past four days, according to city officials.

Tuesday, the shelter took in 94 animals.

This totals more than 650 animals in the shelter that are being housed and fed. In addition, these animals receive medical treatment and care for any special needs, such as newborn care.

Even with all the innovative programs aimed at getting the animals out of the shelter — new foster families, increased action from rescue organizations, monthly transport program, among other initiatives — intake numbers keep increasing dramatically.

Dr. Tim Morton, Code Compliance assistant director who oversees Fort Worth’s Animal Care & Control Services, said that even if residents can’t commit to adopting a pet right now, they can make a huge difference by fostering a dog or cat. “Fostering opens up kennel space to make room for the steady intake of new pets coming into the shelter each day. Right now, every single kennel is priceless.”

The need for help is immediate, especially for medium and large dogs.

Fort Worth Animal Care & Control’s main shelter at 4900 Martin St. is open noon-6 p.m. every day. Adoptions fees are $10 and include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations.

Residents who are interested in fostering a dog, cat, puppy or kitten can complete an application online at http://fortworthtexas.gov/animals/

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