Area shelters seek to address overcrowding issues

Jackie McCollough, director of marketing and development at the Gulf Coast Humane Society, said foster care is a great way for residents to help animals in need.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi Animal Shelters are asking for help to make room for more pets.

Shelters are noticing a lack of space to accommodate dogs and cats that need attention and care.

Katie Hatfield, social media manager for The Cattery, said “kitten season” is causing an overpopulation of stray cats in the shelter’s care. The organization currently has over 200 cats in its care, with the normal average number around 150.

“We’ve been asking people if they find cats to consider fostering for some time. I know we have a very long waiting list to foster cats,” Hatfield said.

She adds that concern over overcrowding in animal shelters has occurred across the country. Jackie McCollough, director of marketing and development at the Gulf Coast Humane Society, said their adoption numbers have dropped dramatically.

“Our numbers are lower last month than they were since before 2017. It was our lowest month for adoptions,” McCollough said.

With schools about to go out for summer vacation, McCollough knows that bringing pets into a family may not be the best option for some families.

“It’s kind of like that right now unfortunately on every level,” McCollough said. “And so you know maybe it’s not the best time for a lot of people, maybe school is coming to an end.”

In response to overcrowding, the Humane Society uses community engagement and events to educate potential buyers. McCollough adds that fostering is also a great way for residents to help animals potentially have new lives.

“You have this animal in your home until it’s finally adopted. Or it could be something short-term where you know, you just let this animal out of the shelter for a few weeks at a time,” McCollough said. .

Fostering is something the cattery also asks the community to participate in.

“Really helps save lives if you’re able to foster,” Hatfield said. “You can take an account and keep it until a shelter can take it, which will make a huge difference.”

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