The Animal Shelter held a monthly free adoption event Sept. 16-17 at its kennels at 1601 North First St.
Although the animals are required to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped, all adoption fees were waived and a few local businesses donated gift certificates to the adoptive families of at least 15 dogs and seven cats.
“Before the adoption event, we were very limited on space.” said Officer Tamara Hall. Hall explained that many animals are brought into the shelter after being found on the streets. They must be held for three days before they may be put up for adoption, which causes a traffic jam of sorts.
Hall also detailed the severe problem involving the local cat population. The animal shelter only has 12 kennels for cats, which multiply quickly.
“One cat and all of her offspring in a seven-year time frame can reproduce over 420,000 times,” Hall said, stressing the importance of spaying and neutering pets to help ease the overpopulation situation.
The Animal Shelter is not recognized as a “no-kill” organization, but the staff makes every attempt to find each animal a family, she said. The city does not allow the shelter to adopt out pit bulls, Rottweilers, or chows. These animals are channeled into one of the many breed rescue groups for further evaluation and possible placement. There are not enough cat rescues to accept the constant overflow of animals.
“We do not put a time limit on any animal ever,” Hall said.
One of the long-term residents is a dog named Red. He has been at the shelter since May.
“No one has really taken a look at him and he is a sweetheart,” Hall said. The smaller and younger dogs tend to find homes first, leaving numerous larger and older dogs in need of a family.
Micro-chipped animals have a better chance of being returned to their families in the event they are picked up by animal control. Just getting the microchip placed is not enough. Owners must keep the contact information up to date in order for the system to work.
This was the 23rd free adoption event. In that time period, 378 animals have found a home. The event was sponsored by Sporty B’s, Texas Outpost and the Copperas Cove Public Library.
The next free adoption event will be Oct. 13-14. Watch for monthly event information on the Facebook page, City of Copperas Cove–Municipal Government.