Hearne Animal Center is hosting an adoption event

The animal shelter is at capacity, forcing staff to make the decision to euthanize those who have been there the longest.

HEARNE, Texas — During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have sought solace from cute and cuddly four-legged friends. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported that about 23 million Americans had a pet at the height of the pandemic.

Now, with pandemic protocols and procedures declining, people are getting back to work and finding that companion to care for. Public Works Director Bill Duckworth said people were unable to maintain and care for their pets, forcing them to return to animal shelters.

“They got out of their house, they’re not locked up anymore, they’re going back to work and found they couldn’t keep up with their pets,” Duckworth said.

At the Hearne Animal Center they are now at full capacity due to lack of maintenance, looking for homes for these pets. Unfortunately, pets are going to face a grim reality if no home is found for them.


“We are simply unable to find enough foster families for each of them and the sad reality is that if we are unable to find a foster family in time, we have to euthanize these dogs,” said he declared.

It’s a decision the staff don’t want to make, but they have no choice but to put the dogs down. Duckworth said there is no deadline for people to come and adopt a pet. They try to hold on as long as possible before having to face this harsh reality.

On Saturday, April 16, Urgent Animals of Hearne Robertson County Texas is hosting an adoption event. Please consider opening your home to those furry friends who are looking for a good home.

If you would like to adopt a dog, visit their Facebook: Urgent Animals of Hearne Robertson County Texas.

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Benjamin M. Yerger