Longview animal shelter seeking help as kill rates rise

Longview animal shelter seeking help as kill rates rise
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 8:43am

As work continues toward a new Longview animal shelter, officials with the Humane Society of Northeast Texas said they need support as a flood of puppies and kittens has caused intake and euthanasia rates to rise.

“I am sure whoever manages the Longview shelter upon completion that they will also have a volunteer and foster program,” said Karina Holmes, the shelter’s outreach coordinator.

“This is a way for the community to get involved and make that transition much smoother when that shelter is up and running. Everybody is excited about the new shelter and really is looking forward to that making a bigger impact in the euthanasia rate, but we have to practice those good policies and procedures now so that whoever is in that facility and running it has those experienced people to come on board and help them.”

In May, because of an influx of more than 100 seized, abandoned or stray animals, euthanasia rates at the shelter climbed to 49 percent, and live release rates fell to 48 percent. 

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