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A record number of dogs forces animal shelter to close intake. ‘We have no place to put them.'

Woody is one of this week's featured pets up for adoption at the Erath County Humane Society.

For the first time in years, the Erath County Humane Society is so full that it can’t take any new animals.

“Our intake is closed until further notice,” ECHS executive director Serena Wright told Beneath the Surface News on Monday.

The animal shelter has a record 97 dogs and 66 cats that need new homes.

“The most dogs we have ever had is 91 and we are now at 97,” Serena said. “We have absolutely no place to put them.”

She said foster families are needed.

“Please, please spay and neuter your pets,” Serena said. “And if you want a dog, please come adopt one of ours; we have several that have already been fixed.

“This is a dire situation that is happening across Texas and if something doesn’t change soon, we are going to have to start making some really tough decisions.”


Woody is a one to two-year-old male Catahoula mix and he is adorable.

“He is very people friendly and loves to be scratched,” Serena said. “He walks well on a leash and is good in a crate.”

Woody gets along well with other dogs, but a meet and greet is always recommended for families with other dogs.

Woody is neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, heart worm negative and on prevention.

He has been at the shelter since April 23.


Campion is a three to four-month-old female domestic shorthair.

“She is a very sweet, lovable kitty and gets along well with other cats,” Serena said. “She is very playful and has the funniest sleeping positions.”

Campion has been at the shelter since March and is microchipped and litter box trained.

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