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Lubbock's animal shelter near capacity after storm


Lubbock residents weren't the only ones hit hard by the storm. Hundreds of pets are still missing as a result of damaging winds. Shawn Byrd, supervisor of Lubbock's animal shelter says they are near capacity.

"Last week, total we have 356 calls for service and that's Sunday through Thursday. As of yesterday we've already surpassed that number at 366," Byrd said.

On Thursday alone, Animal Services picked up 50 strays. That's more than they typically see in a week. So if your pet is still missing, the animal shelter should be your first stop.

"Don't just think, oh hey, he'll show back up. I would get very proactive in searching," Byrd said.

Unfortunately, a phone call may not be enough to save your pet's life.

"There may be one little white hair on her ear that you know and we don't want to take that risk of saying well he's not here and we walked right by her," Byrd said.

Animals will only be held 10 business days at the new shelter at 3322 South Loop 289 and three days at the older location at 401 North Ash, before they are euthanized.

"We're going to have more animals. We're going to try and adopt more out, unfortunately we can't adopt them all," Byrd said.

If your search at the shelter turns up short, there are other ways to find your pet. Laura Mata started Lost and Found Pets of Lubbock, Texas to reunite pets and their families.

They're also on the web at:

"Facebook's a lot faster way of communicating with people at all hours of the day. I thought it needed to be a community involvement, seeing how many pets were out there instead of ending up at a shelter," Mata said.

Mata says her page views have skyrocketed since the storm, but that there's still a lot of work to be done.

"There's a lot of pets that are still missing, but we can't find owners because we don't know exactly where to find them," Mata said.

Since severe weather is inevitable here in West Texas, pet owners should always be prepared for the worst.

"Microchip your animal and keep identification tags on them, that's the easiest way to get your animal home," Byrd said.

Animal Shelter Hours of Operation:

3323 SE Loop 289
Hours of Public Operation
Mon through Fri: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (adoptions, redemptions, receiving cats, traps)
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (all site services)
Closed Sundays and Holidays

401 N Ash Ave
Hours of Public Operation
Tues through Fri: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. (all site services)
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (all site services)
Closed Sunday & Monday and Holidays

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