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Code Red: Waco Animal Shelter needs urgent help after influx of dogs due to recent storms

The Humane Society of Central Texas is urging Texans to please consider adopting a dog like...
The Humane Society of Central Texas is urging Texans to please consider adopting a dog like Honor.(Humane Society of Central Texas)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:31 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Recent storms in Central have resulted in more dogs arriving at the Waco Animal Shelter located at 2032 Circle Road and the Humane Society of Central Texas says it needs urgent help from the community to get these dogs a home.

Storms often cause dogs to escape their yards because they are afraid of the thunder and lightning, or the gates are blown open by winds.

“We urging the community to help manage this crisis to make valuable space as our shelter serves the majority of the Central Texas area,” said Dr. Paula Rivadeneira, the executive director for the Humane Society of Central Texas.

Over the past week, 93 dogs entered the shelter, over half of the shelter’s capacity.

“In order to make the life-saving space needed, 100 dogs need to leave the facility through adoption, foster, and rescue by Sunday, June 13,” the Rivadeneira said.

The shelter will be open on Sunday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you need more information, call the shelter at 254) 754-1454.

If you have lost your pet or know someone who has, please encourage them to visit the shelter to reclaim them within 72 hours of your pet entering the shelter.

If your pet is compliant with spay/neuter, microchip and current on vaccinations, reclaiming them is free.

You can also visit lostpetswaco.com for a real-time map of where and when pets were picked up in the area.

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