AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Saturday morning, more than 60 pets made their way from the city shelter to their new homes through out of state rescues.
The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society said it regularly transports pets in need of rescue out of the state.
On Saturday, APHS was able use their new transport van for the first time. This new van is the second in their fleet.
A third van helped on this trip, as two made the trip to Wichita, Kansas, and a rescue partner took one van of furry friends to Colorado. APHS said from there, some of the rescue pets will find homes in Nebraska and Wyoming.
APHS said the effort to transport and rescue pets from Amarillo is all possible thanks to donations from the community.
Director of Operations, Cynthia Clark, said APHS’s main focus is sending animals out to no kill rescue organizations as Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare now handles adoptions.
Clark said they have already transported 228 animals for rescue in April.
“These transports make a huge difference to the space in the city shelter,” Clark said. “Between the strays and owner-surrenders it’s constantly full out there. So just opening up a kennel for a new animal to come in is so important for our live release rate.”
Clark added that Amarillo has a pet population problem. APHS appreciates donations from the community because it allows the shelter to keep their multi-state rescue transport operation going.
“It’s all supply and demand,” Clark said. “Amarillo has way more supply than they have a demand. We have more animals than we have homes wanting to take those animals in. A lot of other states don’t have such severe over population, so they have homes waiting for animals and not enough animals to fill those homes.”
Clark said the Amarillo area, and multiple other states are dealing with what they call “COVID adoption returns.”
“People adopted during COVID because they were home and they thought it was a good idea. Now we’re getting animals returned.” Clark added. “A lot of these animals are coming back then with separation anxiety and other behavioral issues because they’re not prepared to not have somebody with them all the time.”
For more information about the Amarillo-Panhandle Human Society, call 806-556-4161. To donate to the nonprofit, click here.
For information from Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare, including how you can adopt a rescue pet, click here.
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