Despite the influx of strays and surrenders, the shelter is determined to keep its 90 percent lifesaving rate — even if that means housing five to six animals in every kennel.
As a municipal shelter, the facility is required to take in every animal who comes through its doors, regardless of temperament, breed or health condition, notes McKeel. And in the summertime, it is not uncommon for the shelter to receive hundreds of animals per week.
“Summer is traditionally our busiest intake season, partially due to the year-round breeding season in Texas,” McKeel said. “We receive a lot of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.”