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Intake numbers grow at Longview animal shelter

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 12:15 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center has seen some changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As CDC guidelines are being relaxed, some of those added precautions are going to be made permanent as animal intake numbers increase.

Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center Manager Chris Kemper says in the first ten days of June they have taken in 149 animals.

“Two hundred to two hundred fifty animals coming in a month, to the month of May when we took in 434 animals,” Kemper said.

They are offering reduced rates on adoptions and waiving fees for most adult animals.

“And the truth is spring is crazy for animal shelters around the country. If you follow any animal shelter around the country you know that right now there’s an influx of animals coming in,” Kemper said.

He says that’s quite a contrast to last spring, closer to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We saw a very small number, comparatively speaking of animals coming in throughout the late spring early summer last year,” Kemper said.

The pandemic caused changes in their operations, like doing meet and greets with potential pets outside.

“By not putting our dogs in these little glass rooms, but putting them in an outside environment where they have more room, the meet and greets went better. The dogs behaved better,” Kemper said.

So, that one is a keeper. Drop-offs will continue to be by appointment and animals will now always be bathed.

“Our animals, when they come in they get a bath before they come into the kennels. They’re healthier. It’s easier to identify if they have any medical issues or problems,” Kemper said.

It’s more work, but he says it’s better all the way around.

“So there’s so many little things that we started doing during COVID that we’re absolutely going to continue doing,” Kemper said.

So Kemper is saying necessity turned out to be educational and will help keep the season of influx running smoothly.

Kemper says there were changes made coming up on their five-year anniversary on July first. He says so far they have adopted, or returned to their owners, over fourteen thousand pets.

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