During the winter months, workers at the Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center would expect to receive about 30 dogs and cats a day.
These past few days, it’s been more like 70.
Officials say the factors for this vary, from residents not spaying or neutering their animals to frightened pets escaping from their homes because of fireworks.
“Summer is also when kids are out of school and people are moving. Oftentimes they may move to apartments that require pet deposits and people can’t pay that,” said shelter veterinarian Tim Morton, who is also the city’s assistant director of code compliance over animal welfare. “Those pets end up here.”
As of last week, there were more than 600 dogs and cats at the shelter, at 4900 Martin Street.
To help trim that number, the shelter is offering reduced adoption fees at $17.76 for any dog or cat. Generally, the fee is $49.50 for dogs and $29.50 for cats.
The reduced fee includes initial exam, rabies vaccinations, city license, microchip and spay or neuter.
The offer is good until July 31.
The Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center is at 4900 Martin St. and is open from noon to 6 p.m seven days a week. The city has satellite pet adoption centers at PetSmart at Interstate 35W and Heritage Trace Parkway in north Fort Worth, and PetSmart at Southwest Loop 820 and Hulen Street in southwest Fort Worth.
Residents can call the center at 817-392-1234.
Source: City of Fort Worth