Lubbock Animal Services sees an overflow of medium and large dogs | KLBK | KAMC
LUBBOCK, Texas – Lubbock Animal Services said it has seen an influx of medium and large dogs into the shelter they hope to be adopted or placed.
Lubbock Animal Services director Steven Greene said that since Tuesday the shelter has received 78 dogs. Greene said they usually don’t have small dogs and when they do they are adopted much faster than large dogs.
“It’s mostly people who find dogs on the streets and bring them to us,” said Greene, “Whenever the weather starts to change, a lot of people get worried. [about] a dog that maybe has been in their neighborhood for months and now they want to pick him up because they are afraid of the cold.
Greene said that with such an increase in the number of dogs, they had to group large dogs into one kennel.
“It’s harder to house big dogs,” Greene said, “You get to where some of them can be aggressive for food, and so they can start fighting for food, and that’s so something you want to avoid. “
Greene said if they reach full capacity, they will try to defer owner-surrendered animals first and ask people to relocate pets through other means such as social media.
Greene said they will continue to accept stray animals and animals in need of medical attention.
Deaon Bryant, supervisor at Lubbock Animal Services, said people who are unable to adopt can welcome.
“We have foster families to adopt, that’s where you come in and find your pet and welcome it for two weeks to make sure it fits well into your home,” said Bryant.
Bryant said there is also a hospitality option for transportation that requires a reception of two to six weeks. Bryant said those animals would go to an out-of-state rescue shelter.
“Our rescue partners prefer these animals to be outside the facility for several weeks before they leave,” said Bryant, “it helps us give them information about the animals. [and] helps animals to de-stress.
Bryant said those considering adoption should research their desired pet first.
“Look at the type, the animal you’re going to have – like in the breed, look at what their requirements are, their physical demands and exercise requirements, their medical requirements, things like that,” said Bryant, “because it’s a long-term commitment.