Erath County Humane Society is over triple its max capacity

By: Nicholas Ratcliff

Multimedia Journalist

The Erath County Human Society (ECHS), which is built to house 26 dogs and 36 cats, is currently filled past max capacity after this year’s Fourth of July.

“The Fourth of July is the one day of the year that the most animals go missing than any other day of the year,” Serena White, a volunteer at the ECHS, said. “We had a microchipping event the week before and microchipped for the public for just $10.”

According to White, microchipping, spaying and neutering your pets is fundamental, “These are the most important things that any pet owner can do to play a vital role in helping stop overcrowding in shelters.”

Microchipping allows the owner of the pet to track their animal whenever it goes missing through a GPS like system that can show you where your animal is. Spaying and neutering your pets stop them from having the ability to reproduce, which eases the amount of unwanted puppies or kittens that a shelter would have to deal with.

White further explains that the shelter is currently holding 79 dogs and 79 cats while they wait for enough volunteers to transfer some of the animals to other shelters. In the meantime, the ECHS has lowered their adoption fees on their animals and is asking anyone in search of a new friend to stop on by. Cat adoptions are only $10, while puppies and adult dog’s that are unaltered/intact are $25 and spayed or neutered dogs are $50.

While they wait on adoptions and transportation volunteers, ECHS is asking for the community’s help because they are starting to run low on the various supplies it takes to care for these animals. Currently, the ECHS is running low on kitty litter, canned cat food, canned dog food, bleach and animal safe fly spray.

You can donate online through one of the multiple channels that the ECHS has set up including their Venmo @echs19, PayPal PayPal.me/echs1 , Amazon Wishlist http://bit.ly/echswish or through their website https://erathcountyhumanesociety.com/donate/ where they have a list of donation numbers explain how that money will be used.

They are also looking for anyone who is willing to help transport some of these animals to other shelters or rescues.

The ECHS is located at 891 East Road, in Stephenville Texas, and is open from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and is also open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. They are only allowed to staff one full time employee although they can have up to three part time workers. This means the ECHS is heavily reliant on volunteer work and needs the community now more than ever to help them.

All donations can be dropped off at the shelter during this time, and volunteers who would like to work with these animals are also encouraged to stop on by.

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