The Humane Society of Central Texas thanked its supporters Friday night for saving the lives of 11 dogs at risk of being euthanized due to overcrowding at the Waco shelter.

Heeding the call for help, families adopted 19 dogs, one cat and three kittens Friday. Owners reclaimed seven dogs, rescue organizations took four dogs and foster families agreed to care for three dogs.

The Humane Society's Executive Director Don Bland said the number of families coming to adopt animals had slowed down ahead of Thanksgiving – a trend usually seen around the holidays. But, since intake had not slowed, there were not enough homes for the dogs on site Friday.

For context, Waco animal control officials took in 41 animals Thursday and at least 18 Friday, according to the Humane Society. Nine animals were euthanized Thursday, which sparked the push to save the rest of the animals Friday.

The Humane Society could still use help.

Many of the dogs at the shelter are already spayed and neutered. If that is the case for one you would like to adopt, you can take the animal home that day. The background check and adoption paperwork can take less than 15 minutes to complete.

The Humane Society of Central Texas is located at 2032 Circle Road in Waco. Click here for directions. It will be open until 6 p.m. Friday. The shelter can be reached by calling 254-754-1454.

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