Shelters Prepared for the Holiday Pet Adoption Season

ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Furry friends are a popular Christmas present as usual, and there are opportunities for West Texans to add to their families on Tuesday.

Puppies and kittens are frequently on Christmas lists, and local shelters are eager to associate them with loving homes.

However, shelters saw constant cycles of families returning pets soon after Christmas.

“At this time of year people will get them and then they will turn around and bring them back in January, February because they are too much work,” said Kelley Hendricks, director of the Odessa Animal Control Shelter. .

“If I bring this animal home, I have to commit to it.”

Getting a new pet comes with responsibilities that new pet owners don’t always anticipate.

Shelters are presenting their recommendations to new owners who they hope can help limit the number of stray animals on the streets.

“Always sterilize and sterilize your animals. It will definitely help our population with stray animals right now, ”said Taylor Mauricio, animal control adoption coordinator in Odessa.

“Get them vaccinated, get a microchip or even just a collar and tags. “

Reviewing the Shelter Items Checklist can help owners and the community at large, and improve the lives of pets.

“It’s our responsibility as humans and adults to take care of these animals,” said Hendricks.

The Pet A Puppy event will take place on Tuesday at Town Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., then at the Municipal Square from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Marie R. McCraw