Local animal shelters are seeing a large influx of stray puppies and kittens, fairly typical for this time of the year. And the Aggieland Humane Society shelter is one of them seeing a spike in residents of the furry kind.
If you take a walk outside -- it won't take long to realize the summer season is in full swing. Now if you take a drive inside The Aggieland Humane Society -- you'll quickly learn the shelter is dealing with a season of a much different kind...
"We are very, very busy and crowded during puppy and kitten season,” said Aggieland Humane Society Director Kathy Bice.
Bice says the shelter sees an overwhelming influx of kittens and puppies at the start of summer each year -- so much so the shelter has initiated a foster program that has so far 20 to 50 volunteers personally caring for abandoned animals that are too young to stay at the shelter.
"The reason we get a tremendous volume of animals in May and June is because people don't spay and neuter their pets,” Bice added.
“We actually take in animals from the Brazos County Sheriff's Office as well as Animal Control every single day,” said Bice.
Once the puppies and kittens reach eight-weeks-old, Bice says they’re able to transition from the foster home to the shelter in hopes to be adopted out.
The stress of seeing animals without homes on the other hand, makes spring and summer bittersweet.
"If people didn't come in and adopt, we wouldn't be able to take in more orphans,” explained Bice.
There are currently 100 animals at the shelter, including rabbits, kittens, birds, and dogs. Bice says she hopes more people will open their hearts and homes for adoptions.