Animal shelter scrambling to find homes for pets

Volunteers are looking for temporary and permanent homes for the pets
December 3, 2013 3:20:53 PM PST
One of the leading animal rescue agencies in Brazoria County is in jeopardy of closing.

The Humane Society of Brazoria County announced it is planning to shut down due to several challenges, including recent health issues with its founder and operator Shirley Tinnin.

A spokeswoman for the shelter says Tinnin announced the potential closing of the shelter after she was admitted to the hospital last week. Workers say donations to the shelter have not been steady enough recently to help effectively care for all of the animals on site.

"When I heard the doors were closing, it was tough for me, but I know it's something that needs to be done, so that's why I'm here to make sure all of these dogs get homes," volunteer April Elder said.

Since last week, volunteers have been busy at the Humane Society of Brazoria finding rescue groups to help take in many of the animals. Of the 300 animals at the shelter, only 80 remain at the site at this time. The goal is to find foster and temporary homes for all of the animals until adoptive homes are available.

"Unfortunately, right now, we're dealing with a quarantine situation, and just to make sure all of the dogs are healthy before they are homed permanently. So we are in some dire need of foster homes that are willing to quarantine dogs and get them ready for their forever homes," Elder said.

Workers say they also need volunteers daily to help clean the kennels for the dozens of animals that remain.

The human society's spokeswoman says she wants anyone who may consider fostering an animal to know all of the dogs are being treated by a vet.

The shelter is also requesting donations of canned pet food.

The workers are encouraging anyone who can volunteer or offer assistance to visit the Humane Society of Brazoria County at 6219 FM1128 in Manvel, TX or call 281-489-3000. The group's working on a schedule for volunteers at this time.

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