The Human Society of Central Texas was forced to euthanize nine animals Thursday and will be forced to euthanize 11 more dogs Friday, if the City of Waco Animal Shelter cannot find homes for the animals.

The organization’s Executive Director Don Bland said the number of families coming to adopt animals has slowed down ahead of Thanksgiving – a trend usually seen around the holidays. But, since intake has not slowed, there are not enough homes for the dogs on site.

To encourage last-minute adoptions, the humane society said it would offer free adoptions Friday.
The 11 dogs at risk of being euthanized are the ones that have been at the shelter the longest. But, any adoptions will free up kennels and save lives, Bland explained.

The shelter was also looking for foster families, who could temporarily alleviate some of the pressure on the kennel and potentially save the animals’ lives.

Many of the dogs on site were 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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