Navasota, Tex. (KBTX) - The Navasota Animal Shelter is in a state of emergency. Animal Control Officer Earline Hicks says the shelter is overcapacity for the number of animals they have.
"With the amount of kennels that we have, we don't have the space to host all of them," Hicks said.
Hicks must separate the large dogs from small dogs and keep the cats and newborn kittens inside. Animals are abandoned at random places throughout the city. Hick says there’s an overpopulation of animals in the city, but that’s not on the animals.
"It's an animal-human issue. Animals are overpopulated because humans are not spaying and neutering,” Hicks explained.
The shelter accepts monetary donations, but contributions like dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, toys, towels, fans, and leashes are items Hick says they are always in need of. There's another thing Hicks says they need; volunteers.
Heather Ramirez regularly volunteers at the shelter. She knows the impact of the relationship between volunteers and animals.
"We come down here as volunteers, so they get to know other people. Once they know you and know the staff, they're scared of strangers,” Ramirez said. “They need new people to come in, new faces, so they can be friendly and adoptable."
Hicks says that is adopting, volunteering, or donating are ways to help. If you aren't ready to make the commitment of adopting, Hicks says people can foster animals, too.
"Fostering is one of the best things," Hicks said. "That allows us to empty a kennel so we can pick up another animal and get it off the street."
This Saturday, the shelter is hosting a foster and adoption event from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Turner Pierce and Fultz if you are interested in fostering or adopting a pet.