Fort Worth Animal Shelter is over capacity

The Fort Worth Animal Shelter is extremely over capacity, with 266 animals entering the shelter in the past four days. The shelter’s intake on Tuesday alone was 94 animals.

Altogether, more than 678 animals are currently being housed and fed in the shelter. These animals also receive medical treatment and care for any special needs, such as newborn care.

Even with all of the innovative programs aimed at getting the animals out of the shelter — new foster families, increased action from rescue organizations, monthly transport program, among other initiatives — intake numbers keep dramatically increasing.

Dr. Tim Morton, Code Compliance assistant director who oversees Fort Worth’s Animal Care & Control Services, says that even if residents can’t commit to adopting a pet right now, they can make a huge difference by fostering a dog or cat.

“Fostering opens up kennel space to make room for the steady intake of new pets coming into the shelter each day. Right now, every single kennel is priceless.”

The need for help is immediate, especially for medium and large dogs.

Fort Worth Animal Care & Control’s main shelter at 4900 Martin St. is open noon-6 p.m. every day. Adoption fees are $10 and include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations.

Residents who are interested in fostering a dog, cat, puppy or kitten can complete an application online.

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There’s no place like home for a shelter pet

There is nothing more important than having a family love you. Fort Worth shelter pets are deserving of that forever love. Nearly 500 dogs and cats, kittens and puppies are in the shelter, and each of them is waiting to meet you during the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, Feb. 22-24.

The Fort Worth Animal Shelter is committed to matching wonderful, adoptable pets with loving families. Staff will be at all three adoption locations over the weekend to help families find the right pet.

Adoption fees are reduced to $10 during this event. Fees include an initial medical examination, vaccinations, micro-chip and spay/neuter services. Adopters also receive a coupon book and a complimentary bag of pet food.

Check out all three adoption locations:

  • Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center, 4900 Martin St. (open Friday-Sunday).
  • PetSmart Adoption Center Hulen, 4800 S.W. Loop 820 (I-20 at Hulen).
  • PetSmart Adoption Center Alliance, 2901 Texas Sage Trail (I-35W at Heritage Trace).

View available pets.

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Animal shelter hosting a Valentine’s shelter dog slumber party

No date this Valentine’s Day? Want to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies with a cute, snuggly four-legged companion? We’ve got you covered.

Join the Fort Worth animal shelter Feb. 14 or 15 to look around the shelter and choose a special houseguest. Light refreshments will be served, and a spot has been reserved for you to get acquainted with your “date.” Plenty of staff will be available to answer questions. You’ll also receive a leash, bag of food and a report card to help staff gain information about your foster dog’s experience.

Studies have shown that even a short amount of time away from the shelter decreases stress in dogs and increases their adoptability. The report card helps tremendously when matching dogs with adoptive families.

The slumber party is part of the shelter’s Cowtown Crashpads foster program. The first slumber party was held in January, and it was a huge success: 106 dogs were able to leave the shelter and spend a night – and, in many cases, longer — with their foster family.

Cowtown Crashpads normally helps pets that land at the shelter and are sick or have other issues where being in a foster home will allow that pet the care and attention they need until they can be adopted. The Valentine Slumber Party will give people the opportunity to help adoption-ready shelter pets and experience being a foster parent.

All animals available for the slumber party are spayed/neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccines and on flea/tick preventative. Staff recommends leaving your current pet at home, as the shelter is a stressful place. Staff members will be happy to talk you through introducing your guest to your current pets.

Slumber party pets can be picked up from the main shelter, 4900 Martin St., between 3 and 6 p.m. Feb. 14 or 15. Complete a foster application beforehand.

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An amazing pet is waiting for you during Shelter Pets Rock event

What a busy summer it’s been at the Fort Worth Animal Shelter, with hundreds of pets waiting to be adopted into loving homes. July 28 is another opportunity to stop by and meet the incredible dogs and cats.

Each year the animal shelter takes in approximately 17,000 animals. The vast majority of these animals are strays that have no place to call home. This summer, the shelter has been strained and is working at capacity nearly every week. Be a hero and help a homeless pet find a forever home.

In partnership with PetSmart Charities, the Shelter Pets Rock event will be July 28 at four locations:

  • Chuck Silcox Animal Shelter, 4900 Martin St.
  • Fort Worth PetSmart stores: 4800 S.W. Loop 820 (I-20 at Hulen); 2901 Texas Sage Trail (I-35W at Heritage Trace Parkway); and 7616 Denton Highway in Watauga (cat adoptions only at this location).

Adoption fees for this weekend’s event are only $10. The adoption fee includes rabies vaccination, city license, micro-chip and altered (spay/neuter) services.

To learn more, call 817-392-1234 or visit the Animal Care & Control page.

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Fort Worth Animal Shelter awarded $50,000 grant

Two-year-old Millie, an adorable, solid black terrier-mix, was shaking from head to toe as she arrived at the Fort Worth Animal Shelter after her owner decided she couldn’t afford to care for her anymore. Millie’s fur was covered with mats that were pulling at her skin. Sadly, she also tested positive for heartworm. Two days later, Millie’s owner surrendered her brother.

Nationwide, thousands of municipal animal shelters struggle daily as they are overwhelmed with the number of animals entering the facilities as a result of being surrendered or found roaming the streets when owners can no longer care for them.

The $50,000 Better Cities for Pets grant was awarded to the City of Fort Worth to assist the people and pets of Fort Worth who lack access to mainstream veterinary care. The grant was awarded through Mars Petcare and the United States Conference of Mayors’ Better Cities for Pets program, a nationwide initiative designed to help cities implement, support and expand pet-friendly programs and policies.

“Fort Worth prides itself on being a pet-friendly city, as research shows living with pets enhances quality of life and has numerous health benefits,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “This grant will support the City of Fort Worth’s Animal Care & Control Unit as they expand efforts to improve animal well-being, as well as provide additional pet care resources and services to our citizens.”

Data collected by the Humane Society of the United States from the nation’s most underserved communities found startling differences in pet ownership. People living in underserved communities love their pets as much as pet owners anywhere else in the nation. However, they don’t have access to veterinary care, spay/neuter and other services most Americans take for granted.

  • Pets living in underserved communities in the U.S.: 23 million.
  • Percentage of pets living in underserved communities who:
  • Are not spayed or neutered: 87 percent.
  • Have never seen a veterinarian: 77 percent.

The Fort Worth Animal Welfare Division of Code Compliance will use Pets for Life, a national program providing wellness resources to residents in underserved communities. Thanks to the grant, residents will receive information and assistance with access to free or low-cost pet services such as vaccinations, spay/neuter and micro-chipping. The Ash Crescent neighborhood has been selected to receive the initial services.

(By the way, there’s a happy ending: Millie and her brother were both adopted into loving homes shortly after being surrendered.)

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Animal shelter partners with Hiley Subaru for Subaru Loves Pets adoption event

The Fort Worth Animal Shelter is partnering with Subaru and the Saving Hope Foundation for a one-day adoption event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 7 at Hiley Subaru, 3505 W. Loop 820 South.

The Subaru Loves Pets adoption event comes at a time when the shelter is housing 600 pets who are waiting for loving and forever homes.

Though adoptions and rescues continue to increase at the Fort Worth Animal Shelter, it’s difficult to stay ahead of the stray and homeless pets coming into the shelter each day. In Fort Worth, more than 17,000 pets enter the shelter each year.

Adoption fees reduced to $10 during the Subaru event. All pets have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and have a city license.

See available pets.

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