The Fort Bend Animal Shelter has reached full capacity and in need of kind adopters, volunteers and foster parents.

A Tuesday news release stated the overran shelter has 152 dogs and 28 cats on site with another 157 pets in foster care.

While operating at or over capacity is not out of the ordinary for the Fort Bend County Animal Services, the shelter’s population has remained consistently higher than normal in recent months.

Shelters throughout the area have had increases in owner surrender requests and stray pets. As the pandemic’s restrictions loosen, potential pet owners have decreased dramatically, media representative Sally Sparks said.

“Right now, we are desperately looking for adopters, rescue organizations or foster homes for the animals in our shelter,” Director of Fort Bend County Animal Services Rene Vasquez said. “Our goal is to be able to place as many of our pets as possible in a home so that we never get to a point where we are forced to make a difficult decision driven by time or space.”

If fosters or adopters do not show, Vasquez and staff would have to euthanize animals in order to make room.

“We haven’t had to (euthanize animals) in years but when something like this happens we have to ask the community for help,” Vasquez said.

“It’s all about space and we can’t say no to any animal whether it’s a call for three big dogs or 10 small ones.”

The majority of these animals have been abandoned by the owners on the side of the road, in fields or even a ditch, Sparks said.

FBCAS will continue to host offsite adoption events and promote fee-waived adoptions. Foster programs will also allow residents to temporarily foster a pet for space or foster to adopt.

Every available pet is vaccinated with age-appropriate vaccines, microchipped and is either spayed or neutered, if old enough, according to the news release.

Kennels at 1210 Blume Road in Rosenberg are open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shelter is not open on Mondays.

Available pets can be found at www.fortbendcountypets.com. Residents can call 281-342-1512 for more information or to inquire about fostering.

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