Adoption crisis continues at area pet shelters

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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WFAA

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 14 at 7:54 PM

LAKE WORTH — Overcrowding at the Fort Worth Animal Shelter has one woman taking matters into her own hands.

Earlier this week, we told you how the shelter nearly had to euthanize pets because it was at capacity.

Sue Vesta and her neighbors in Lake Worth are taking in dozens of stray cats and getting them ready for adoption — spending more than $2,000 in the process.

"For the last four weeks, I've spent five hours a day — early morning, late evening — looking after them, the sick ones," Vesta said.

They are desperate to find new homes for the cats. They said it's too hot to keep them in cages. "We can't go on much longer like this," Vesta said.

She tried taking the cats to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter, but they are in a crisis and there's no room.

"When I got to the shelter Thursday, they said, 'Sue, we can't guarantee we can take them. We are overwhelmed over capacity,'" Vesta said.

As News 8 has reported, the Fort Worth Animal Shelter can't adopt the animals they have fast enough, even offering half-price adoptions.

Elba Puga and her family took advantage of the reduced fees this weekend. "A friend of mine let us know they were doing adoptions, and how to adopt a puppy and care for a puppy and we saw her and that was it," Puga said.

Even though the Pugas did their part, Fort Worth Animal Services said they still have too many animals and don't see it improving for a few days, so they will continue to offer discounted adoptions.

Meanwhile, Sue Vesta says she doesn't know what will happen to all of the cats in her care.

Fort Worth's animal shelter isn't alone in overcrowding problems. For the first time in more than three years, Dallas was planning to put down animals in its "very special pets" program last month, but just enough of them were adopted.

Irving and Bedford shelters also issued urgent calls for help in June.

Grand Prairie had so many cats and kittens last month, it gave them away.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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