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Foster families overwhelmed by special needs dogs


Lubbock volunteers were eager to provide foster homes for more than 80 dogs who were confiscated from the Alpha Tex Breeding Kennel in Floyd County, but some of the families have returned their dogs because they are unable to handle their special needs.

Debra Avery with the Humane Society of West Texas says many foster families simply get in over their heads.

"Many of these animals are very fearful. They've never been outside of those buildings," Avery said. "They know how to be breed animals, that's all."

Some of the dogs have major issues - like aggression, fear, and socialization.  Avery says the dogs know how to be animals, but they don't know how to be pets. That's why foster homes need to provide more than just food and shelter.

"We would really like you to also work with them, play with them some, hug them, just so they can start learning and eventually go to adoptive homes," Avery said.

For more information on fostering one of the dogs, visit the Humane Society's Facebook page at:

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