The Fort Worth Animal Shelter is getting in more dogs than it can handle, so it’s running a special adoption deal in October to help dogs find a new home faster.
The shelter is full again, with 600 animals currently on premises. It was designed for 400. There's an adoption special of $10 for large dogs through the end of the month.
But officials say the problem is not in the shelter -- it's out on the streets.
“Not being responsible in pet ownership allowing them to make unwanted puppies and allowing them to run the streets instead of keeping them restrained and confined,” said Dr. Tim Morton, Fort Worth Animal Control.
The shelter says the majority of pet owners are responsible, but it only takes those who won't spay or neuter their pets to cause problems.
“It's not a feral dog problem like we've heard in other areas, it's really about let's not have the puppies and the kittens in the first place,” Morton said.
About half the dogs that come in everyday are brought by people who can't care for them anymore. The other half are strays picked up on the street.
Fort Worth said people can ask their veterinarian about where to go for low cost options to spay and neuter a pet if someone can't afford it or doesn't want to pay.