ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The Odessa Animal Shelter is overcrowded and needs the public's help in remaining a no-kill facility.
Seventy-two animals from the shelter will be moved to a rescue this weekend, but the shelter says it's not enough. They will still be overcrowded by 50 animals.
"We are housing about 250 animals. On a daily basis, we are normally around 150," said shelter director, Jacque Adimare.
The shelter says the overcrowding could be due to the decline in the economy. Many families have packed up and moved out of the city and left their animals behind.
"We need some dogs to be adopted in order for some lives to be spared. Every day more are coming in and jeopardize to even get to live another day." Susie Clark, chairman for the advisory board of the Odessa Animal Control.
The shelter has not euthanized an animal in two years and they want to keep it that way, but they have a list of urgent adoptees that need homes.
"We have about 10 animals on this list that are fully vetted, only $19 and everything has been done to them," said Adimare. "Those are the most urgent right now and they have a deadline for Tuesday."
The shelter says adopting is not the only way to help. You can foster, help transport animals, or donate.
The shelter will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.