Summertime brings overcrowding at animal shelters

Summertime brings overcrowding at animal shelters

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - As Amarillo animal shelters battle the heat and the tick problem, they are also faced with another issue this summer, overcrowding.

Kelley Mickey with the Amarillo SPCA says, "We're just jam-packed full of both dogs and cats. The summer brings a lot of challenges."

There are several reasons to blame.

Jena McFall with the Amarillo Panhandle Humane Society says, "Spring and summer are a really busy time for animals to have litters. One dog can have 11 or 12 puppies."

The summertime also brings about an increase of people moving away, who cannot take their pets with them. And the warm weather puts more pets outside, and therefore at risk of escaping.

Which especially adds to the shelters' cat populations, as they are less likely to be microchipped, tagged, or claimed.

Mickey says, "We want to provide a service to everybody in Amarillo and the Panhandle. We want to be able to help people out and be able to take their animals and get them adopted. Unfortunately, because of physical limitations, we just don't have the room. I have to turn down an untold number of animals everyday."

At shelters like the Humane Society, more animals means more euthanizations, as they are forced to make room for the new pets brought in.

But there is a bright side to all of this, pet adoptions generally go up during the summer.

However, local shelters remind pet owners to get their animals spayed or neutered to help cut back on the problem.