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SPCA says new temporary adoption center is just the beginning

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A temporary SPCA adoption center is helping abandoned animals find a new home.

Many East Texans spent time checking out the animals at the new center on Saturday off of Old Bullard Road in Tyler.

"The pet over population in Smith County exceeds 10,000 dogs a year that are being euthanized," said Deborah Dobbs, the SPCA President of East Texas.

The SPCA says that number makes this new temporary adoption center critical.

"All our animals have been in foster and they will continue to be in foster care during the week. We didn't have a place for them all to be seen on weekends without sitting out in hot parking lots," said Dobbs. "So this gives us a nice air conditioned place to show the dogs and meet the public."

They say the temporary center is making up for a lack of resources and saving these animals.

"Smith County picks up the animals and they have a holding facility and if they are not reclaimed they are usually euthanized every week," said Betty Edwards, the volunteer Event Coordinator for SPCA.

These events to adopt rescued animals will be happening every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Tyler.

The SPCA says the temporary shelter is just the beginning. They plan on building a permanent animal shelter as soon as possible.

"Our building cite is on the Grande extension and we have 60 acres that has been donated by a local family and we have our master plan," said Dobbs. "So now we're raising money to build that shelter."

It's expected to be a $2 million dollar project, and SPCA is relying on donations from the community to make it happen.

"We need help from community donations and we just need people to get behind it and to realize that Tyler needs this," said Edwards. "As large as this city is, we need a shelter for these animals. They have no place to go."

SPCA says these animals are perfect for adoption, and just need a loving home.

If you would like to volunteer at the SPCA or if you're interested in being a foster parent for these animals, click here.

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