Bell County Animal Shelter to Host Free Pet Adoption Event

TEMPLE, Texas — Animal shelters in central Texas are constantly overcrowded and desperate for people to adopt animals.

Temple Animal Shelter has been dealing with kennels and 100% capacity for months and not enough people are coming to adopt them.

“The number of cats and dogs we take in matches the number of cats and dogs going out, but we are still at capacity,” said Temple Animal Control Officer Richard Morales. “So by the time they come out, we’re always full and we’re always trying to find homes for them.”

Just in time for National Dog Day, the shelter is hosting a free pet adoption event on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

“We have the ‘Clear the Shelter’ event here at the animal shelter,” said Nohely Mackowiak, Public Relations Coordinator for Temple City. “This is an event for everyone…come pick any cat or dog for free and bring home a new best friend.”

Although you can always get a dog from a breeder or pet store, some families think adoption is a better option.

“There are so many in need,” said a Temple mother adopting a dog for her son. “There are always puppies for sale, but all the shelters are extremely full, and they really need good homes, and you can actually find some really good babies.”

Sometimes that four-legged friend you find at the shelter is more than just a pet, it’s a new member of the family.

“Shelter dogs have a lot of love to give. I think they know you saved them and they are worth it,” said a Temple resident adopting a dog after losing the one she had. “My last dog was a rescue and I had him for 13 years, and it was the best money I’ve ever spent.”

No matter which shelter you are in, there are a variety of dogs looking for a forever home, and if one dog isn’t what you’re looking for, they have plenty of cats to choose from.

“Whether you come for a dog, you might leave with a cat,” Morales said. “All these animals will eventually have a home. Come on in and have a look is all I can say and give them a chance cause they all have lots of love to give.

They are just waiting for someone to love them back.

“I hope I can make him feel safe and loved,” said one Temple resident adopting a dog. “I also had my last dog in a shelter and I always said [her dog]’I’ll never leave you’ and I’m going to tell him that too.

Pet adoptions are free on Saturdays, but if you don’t want to wait until then to meet your next family member, get one half price now.

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