Lubbock Animal Shelter faces overcrowding, encouraging citizens

Lubbock Animal Shelter faces overcrowding

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The summer heat is packing animal shelters across Texas. 

Steven Greene, director of Lubbock Animal Services, said naturally, the Lubbock Animal Shelter and Adoption Center has more pets coming in during the warmer months.

"There's always more people out, kids are out of school , so a lot of animals escape either through bad fencing, or just human mistakes, like kids may leave the gate open," Greene said.

Currently, there are about 500 animals housed in the shelter, Greene said. Thirty-eight pets were brought in Monday, over just eight hours.

"When Texas Tech and all the colleges are in session here, their students are a very big foster base for us ... that's another reason in the summer you get overcrowded, a lot of those students are back home," Greene said.

To help remedy the problem, Greene said first, the shelter will try to keep people from dropping off more pets. 

"You try to educate and get people to hold onto animals, try to rehome them or find the owners themselves," he said.

The shelter does not euthanize pets to make room. Instead, Greene said it tries to find other ways to house the animals, such as out-of-state transfers.

"We actually sent a second load of animals to New Hampshire just last week, so we have some partners nationwide that take," he said. "A lot of animals leave Texas to go to shelters elsewhere."

Greene said he encourages citizens to consider adopting and giving the animals a home.

"When you say 500, that's just a number in your head. When you come out here and look in the pens, you'd be amazed at how many we have, and these are good pets," Greene said. "So, I'd encourage everyone in Lubbock to come out and support us one way or another, either through donations, foster."

Greene's ultimate goal is to have zero intakes, he said. If a person sees a stray, they should check the neighborhood to see if it belongs to someone. They should also utilize social media to try and locate owners or rehome the pet before taking it to the shelter.

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