An animal shelter deep in the heart of Texas cannot keep up with all of the pets being dropped off at their facility. Shockingly, the line to surrender a pet was two and a half hours long.
“If people can’t wait or don’t want to wait they tying them up to a tree and leaving or abandoning them in a box in our parking lot,” the shelter wrote on a Facebook update accompanied by a video of the sad situation.
The general maximum capacity for animals at Harris County Animal Shelter is 200 pets, which are usually dogs. At present, there are 530 animals in total in-house.
The most common reasons the shelter heard for animals being surrendered run the gamut from lifestyle changes and more.
“Moving, landlord will not allow, can no longer afford,” Kerry McKeel, spokesperson for the shelter, told The Dodo. “Some people also simply say that they no longer want the pet or that they found the pet.”
Municipal shelters are required to take animals in regardless of temperament, health situation, or breed. Summer is usually a time when intakes rise at this shelter.
One man “drug SIX dogs into the shelter with his 10-year-old son, surrendering them because they were ‘moving,'” Urgent Shelter Pets Houston wrote in a Facebook post. “All of which could have been avoided had their dog likely been spayed/neutered from the beginning.”
You can help by visiting the shelter’s website and watching the video below for more information.