Animal intake up 30% at Plano shelter

The Plano Animal Shelter operates normally and welcomes all walk-in visitors during regular hours. (Courtesy of Plano Animal Services)

The Plano Animal Shelter now shelters an estimated 30% more animals compared to the fall and winter months, according to shelter officials.

Animal Services Director Jamey Cantrell said the shelter takes in an average of 600 animals per month during the spring and summer. He said the city is fortunate to have a sanctuary that can support a large number of animals.

“Our city has had the foresight to build the shelter we have,” Cantrell said. “We have no shortage of space. In fact, we’re normally one of the first places to call other shelters when they’re out of space and ask if we can help with some of their animals.”

Cantrell said the shelter is proud that no animal in its care has been euthanized since 2010.

“The last thing you want to do is euthanize a healthy adoptable animal just because you don’t have a place to put it,” he said.

Cantrell said the shelter is taking in far more puppies and kittens than usual at this time of year. He said owners often give up their pregnant animals to avoid having to care for the nest.

“People say, ‘Well, I’m just getting rid of the mother completely,'” he said. “They bring her in, and then we have to try and find placements for eight to 10 puppies.”

The shelter doesn’t offer spaying and neutering services, but it does encourage and provide resources for pet owners in Plano so they can find clinics nearby, Cantrell said. In addition to volunteering, Cantrell said residents can help by donating money or goods through the city’s animal services website.

The Plano Animal Shelter operates normally and welcomes all walk-in visitors during regular hours. The shelter is located at 4028 W. Plano Pkwy. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.plano.gov/226/animal-services.

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