UPDATED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 9:13am
Waco, Tx — Humane Society of Central Texas Interim Director, Don Bland, plays with the cats up for adoption, hoping to give each pet a forever home.
"The ultimate goal is to find every animal a home," said Bland.
But, a steady flow of unwanted animal is keeping the shelter at max capacity. Bland says the center provides refuge for dozens of cats and around 250 dogs on a regular basis.
"The only way to cut down on some of this pet overpopulation is to spay and neuter your pet," said Kennel Director, Gloria Preston.
Recently, the City of Waco decided not to renew the shelter's contract, meaning city officials would be in charge of the shelter's day to day operations, in an effort to cut costs. While those cuts have been difficult, Bland says it's actually led to an increase in adoptions because people are worried more animals will be euthanized.
"The city made the announcement that they're taking over. It's increased our business, and I hope it continues after the city and us come to an agreement," said Bland.
Currently, the city and shelter are working on an agreement that would keep the city from taking over completely. For now, the shelter hopes to continue placing animals with families, and a "Howl-a-ween Spectacular", hosted by the Humane Society, is prepared to offer 100 free adoptions this weekend.
Adoptions will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 19 and 20 at the Humane Society in Waco. Vendors, shots, microchipping, and baths will be available.