All Pets Adopted After Fort Worth's Call for Help

More pets to become available soon after 72-hour waiting period expires

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 5:07 PM CDT
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All Pets Adopted After Fort Worth's Call for Help

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Mayor Price said all adoptable dogs and cats are gone from the shelter. More are expected to become available shortly.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price says 370 pets have been adopted at the city's shelter since Tuesday, leaving no adoptable pets in the shelter.

Price said on her Facebook page that Thursday morning the city had 29 adoptable dogs and only a few cats left at the shelter.

Just after 1 p.m. Thursday, Price reported that all of those animals had been adopted.

Over 560 animals were brought to the shelter last week, and another 95 on Monday, leaving officials scrambling to find the pets homes or facing the very real possibility that they would have to put down healthy, adoptable animals due to overcrowding -- something the shelter hasn't been forced to do in quite some time thanks to a parternship with PetSmart.

The city put out the call for help late Monday and the citizens responded.

Fort Worth Code Compliance, which oversees Animal Care & Control, said it had 151 adoptions on Tuesday, a record, and as of 4 p.m. Wednesday another 71 pets had new homes, totalling 222 adoptions in two days.

Though all adoptable animals now have homes, Price said there are still a lot of animals at the shelter that are within their 72-hour waiting period before they can be placed out for adoption.

"You've heard me say 'It's Your Fort Worth,' and this is a perfect example of citizens coming together to help address a challenge," Price said on Facebook. "Now, let's continue to work on responsible pet ownership, and try to reduce unwanted animals on the streets in the first place. More to come on that."

To ensure those animals all find a new home, the city's half-price adoption special will continue until the first part of June, Price said.  Adoption prices for dogs and puppies will be $24.50 and cats and kittens are $12.50.  Adoptions can be made at the Chuck Silcox Animal Shelter at 4900 Martin Street and at the two Fort Worth PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers located at 4800 SW Loop 820 and 2901 Texas Sage Trail.

See the animals online here.

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