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New rescue group to help with animal overcrowding

POSTED: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 4:08pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 3:19pm

WACO - From puppy mills to feral animals to unwanted pets.

"It's a problem due to the intake at the shelter," said Carrie Kuehl, director of Animal Birth Control Clinic.

The Waco Humane Society took in roughly a thousand animals last month and almost 70 percent of them had to be put down.

Kuehl says their clinic stops hundreds of animals from being born everyday.

"The 35 to 40 surgeries that we do at the animal birth control clinic everyday prevents so many litters," said Kuehl. 

But the problem isn't slowing down enough, so a new non-profit group called McLennan Animal Rescue Coalition, or MARC, has formed to help combat the problem.

"One of our main goals is to help ease the burden on the shelter by providing community resources to people to keep animals from coming to the shelter in the first place," said Amy Oakley, president of MARC.

MARC is working to build its foster program so when an animal needs a second chance there's a home available.

Along with fostering the organization will also provide options for current pet owners.

"If they are having an issue at home and they're thinking about shelter surrender, we want to be able to give them options," said Oakley. 

The group is only a month old but they've already saved five animals from being put down.

"Once we are successful with those five, then we can grow to ten and 20 and so on," said Oakley. 

To find out more about the MARC program go to www.marcpets.org

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