Dogs Spared Due to Social Media Outreach

Half-price adoptions through July 15

By Ty Pressley and Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Jul 13, 2012  |  Updated 4:11 AM CDT
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Dogs Spared Due to Social Media Outreach

Have a home for a dog or cat? The Fort Worth Animal Shelter has your next family member.

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Fort Worth Animal Care and Control says a social media campaign is credited with saving the lives of 80 dogs.

The city reported earlier in the week that the animal shelter was 150 animals over capacity.

A campaign on social media warned that euthanasia was possible if the animals weren't adopted in time.  On Thursday morning, officials with the city said due to the "tremendous outreach/social media movement by rescue groups," the shelter opened under capacity on Thursday and that no dogs were euthanized.

Over 80 had been scheduled to be put to death, city officials said.

Officials will update the media on their capacity again Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, dogs and puppies remain available for $24.50 and cats and kitten adoption fees are $12.50 through July 15.

All animals at Fort Worth Adoption Centers have had a health and temperament assessment and have been deemed adoptable by a licensed veterinarian. Additionally, every animal has been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and licensed by the City.

To view adorable photos of pets available for adoption, check out Fort Worth’s website here.

Shelter officials encourage residents interested in adopting a pet to visit either of the two PetSmart Adoption Centers (4800 SW Loop 820 or 2901 Texas Sage Trail) before heading to the shelter. The stores have longer operating hours which can make it easier for individuals to view the pets.

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