TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Several East Texas organizations have picked up dogs and cats from Klein Animal Shelter in Jacksonville.
On Monday, we reported seeing some of the animals placed in a trailer and taken away. No one at the Klein shelter would tell us where those animals were being taken.
“I do believe the animals are going to be okay,” Jillian Henderson, with Fur-giving Hearts in Lindale, said. “The animals that we have seen come out of the shelter are in good condition.”
Henderson's group picked up several dogs Monday.
“They will be going to live in Idaho on a goat farm,” she said.
They're already on their way to adoption and 11 other dogs picked up by her organization are in foster care.
“Until about 9:00 p.m. last night we had fosters coming and picking up our animals, so it was a very long day, but it was a good day,” Henderson said.
Thirty-nine cats have also been taken from the Jacksonville shelter and placed with O'Malley Alley cats.
“Oh my gosh, they're beautiful, well adjusted, very friendly,” Diana Hensley said.
Hensley, the founder of O'Malley Alley cats said Klein employees were thrilled to have help.
“Spoke to a very nice person who was very helpful,” Hensley said. “They would love some help with that and that they had worked with O'Mally in the past, and they had all the paperwork on file for us, so that wasn't a problem for us to come in and hold some of the kitties for them.”
Her group from Nacogdoches took 23 cats Monday, and the O'Mally group in Tyler took 16.
“The two employees that were there were wonderful. Very organized. The kennel card had everything on them. You know, they were very organized and easy to work with,” Hensley said.
Both the dogs and cats were taken to veterinarians and vaccinated. All were healthy. The dogs will be spayed and neutered before adoption.
Hensley said that is the most important part of protecting the animals' futures. The cats are now getting shipped off to no-kill shelters in Dallas, Houston and Austin. Some of those include Humane Heroes, Lost Paws Dallas and an exotic cat rescue in Dallas.
"That's why you can't overwhelm any of those facilities with too many kitties because the need is great," Hensley explained.
As for organizations and people who said they had left messages, but hadn't heard back from Klein, Henderson said, "while I was there the phone rang nonstop. There was knocks on the door nonstop, and I think they're just very overwhelmed right now."
Henderson said there were nearly 200 animals at Klein over the weekend, but by Monday that number was down to about 80.
"I feel like the staff that is there to step in is doing the best that they can," Henderson said.
Several other East Texas organizations were also there Monday taking animals.