The Waco Animal Shelter is in desperate need for space.

The local shelter's intake kennels are filled with rescued animals awaiting space in the at-capacity shelter. Animal care officers and shelter staff are exhausting options to find the owners of dogs they find on the streets to avoid bringing them to the shelter.

City of Waco officials say finding the animals homes depends on citizens being responsible pet owners. This includes spaying and neutering animals-- which is a free service for Waco residents' pets-- and microchipping pets to ensure a speedy return if they should go missing.

Citizens looking to help the situation are encouraged to consider fostering or adopting animals. Another way to help is making a donation to cover potential owners' adoption fees.

Pets available for adoption can be found on the Humane Society Central Texas' website.