As more and more animals are brought into the Paris Animal Shelter, more and more lives are at risk due to its CODE RED capacity.
Candra Wyatt, with Lamar County Humane Association, said this means animals will be euthanized just to make space for incoming animals.
“Particularly, it’s bad in the early weeks of summer, because many people go on vacation and dump their animals at the shelter,” she said. “Plus, spring litters are now older and bouncing around and many people get annoyed they can’t give the unvetted animal away, so they will simply dump them at the shelter — out of sight out of mind.”
Stephanie Corley, Shelter Liaison and the Rescue Coordinator, said intake this year has been a bit higher than 2018.
Within just a little more than two weeks into June, she said, the shelter has taken in 131 cats and 99 dogs. In 2018, the shelter took in 567 dogs and 446 cats between June and August. If intake continues to grow, the shelter could see about 780 cats and about 600 dogs from June-August this year.
“We haven’t had to euthanize any animals for space, yet,” Corley said. “It’s taxing but we all work very hard to get as many out alive as possible.”
As more animals are taken in, Wyatt said, others will be euthanized per dates taken in — the ones at the shelter the longest will see the needle first. Alongside those at the shelter the longest, also animals showing any symptoms of illness will be euthanized.
Paris Animal Shelter, at 310 Clement Rd., has one of the highest intakes in Northeast Texas, according to Wyatt. On average, the pound takes in 10-20 animals per day.
“The Paris Animal Shelter is always at CODE RED,” Wyatt said. “We need more education on animal welfare and knowledge outreach for people to learn about spay/neuter programs, our adoptions and the vetting included with the shelter animal. We also need more volunteers and fosters to help weekly to ensure animals have a chance beyond the shelter.”
Wyatt hopes people in the community understand CODE RED for the shelter is an emergency state and can be avoided by taking precautionary steps prior to dropping off animals at a kill shelter.
“We hope people want to help,” Wyatt said, “and we hope people understand the seriousness that these lives are wasted at the community’s cost. Spay and neutering are what will truly save Paris, Texas, animals.”
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