The Humane Society of Central Texas is in bit of a rough spot. The City of Waco is preparing to take over the shelter but details of whether or not the Humane Society will continue as it does today are unclear.
There's no telling what may happen to the barks at the Humane Society of Central Texas by the end of the month. "The city did not approve our contract with them and so as of September 30th, they will take ownership," said Don Bland, Interim Executive Director of the Humane Society of Central Texas.
The City of Waco and the Humane Society of Central Texas are undergoing contract talks right now, but times are tough.
"We've had this contract for several years, the costs are going up, it's really difficult for them to keep doing what they needed to do," said Larry Groth, Waco City Manager.
Neither the city or the shelter are sure of what happens next, but the city says something has to be done. "It's really more beneficial for us to take care of the things that we need to do by law, dealing with unwanted animals and for them to really concentrate on the adoption end and education end," said Groth.
Concerned animals lovers went straight to social media. A petition online is already up and running with more than 1,300 supporters, asking Waco City Council to build a new animal shelter and hire more employees.
The shelter's structure is about 40 years old and does need to be fixed but the city says, "there's not a petition process for this. I mean this is just a show of public support and that's the way I look at this petition." said Groth.
But the shelter says they do need help, "Do we need new facilities? Absolutely."
The Humane Society of Central Texas has a fundraiser next month, their 13th Annual Wine and Food Festival. CLICK HERE for more information and CLICK HERE to sign the petition.
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