How Lubbock Animal Services deals with surrendered pets

Lubbock Animal Services crowded with 'surrendered pets'

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

If you walk around the Lubbock Animal Shelter, you may notice some of the pets up for adoption are labeled as "owner surrendered".

While there are many circumstances surrounding why someone cannot take care of their pet anymore, it leaves these animals confused and without a home. 

"Being a pet owner is not a small responsibility," Kaylee Smith with Lubbock Animal Services said. "It's a big responsibility." 

Unfortunately, not everyone realizes that when they adopt. 

"Our appointments already are two weeks out," Smith said.

These appointment are mainly for owners who are surrendering their pets.

"This is the last place you really want to bring an animal," Smith said.

Smith said pet surrendering happens year-round, but tends to have a slight increase in the Summer. Some assume, it may be because college students are leaving town and leaving their pets.

"Since we moved to this new model, we really tried to partner with Texas Tech," Smith said.

Smith said these partnerships helps educate students on what it means to be a pet owner. She believes it has prevented more abandonment's. Animal Services also microchips every animal, so if one is lost or left to fend for themselves, field operations can track down the owner.

"It's made a huge difference," Smith said.

But Smith's advice to students, if you cannot keep your pet, re-home. If you do not have any luck, reach out to Animal Services. Staffers will post it across social media, but you must keep the pet until it is adopted.

"Especially younger generations, probably don't anticipate what type of care your going to have to put into that animal," Smith said.

Smith adds the largest amount of surrenders actually come from outside the city limits. This is because many of those owners are trying to avoid going to shelters that euthanize.

She said Animal Services may increase the out of town surrender fee to combat the problem of over-crowding. It is currently $20. 

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