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Hill Country Humane Society Needs You to Clear the Shelters

Firefly is a cutie! She is a 2½ -month-old domestic shorthair who likes to play, explore, sleep, and be loved on. She is looking for a home full of love. Can you help her? To meet this sweet girl or any of her friends, call the Hill Country Humane Society at (512) 793-5463 or go to hillcountryhumanesociety.org. The Buchanan Dam shelter is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Courtesy photo

BUCHANAN DAM — This summer has been particularly hard for animal shelters such as the Hill Country Humane Society. Staff and volunteers have witnessed an increase in the number of animals either surrendered to the shelter or brought in through other means.

“We have at least 100 animals,” said Lynn Bishop, vice president of the Hill Country Humane Society.

The organization operates a shelter at 9150 RR 1431. Along with taking in surrendered animals or strays, the Hill Country Humane Society has contracts with Burnet and Llano counties as well as the cities of Burnet, Bertram, Sunrise Beach Village, Granite Shoals, and Horseshoe Bay to accept animals from animal control officers.

“We stay busy throughout the year, but this summer … the area has experienced an increase in the number of animals in shelters,” Bishop said.

The Hill Country Humane Society is participating in the annual Clear the Shelters Day on Saturday, Aug. 18, in an effort to get as many dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens in their care adopted into forever homes. The day is part of a nationwide initiative led by NBC and Telemundo.

“Last year was the first time we participated in (Clear the Shelters Day), and we adopted out 13 animals,” Bishop said. “This year, we want to adopt out 20. That’s our goal.”

The organization has reduced the adoption fee to $20 per animal, but you can get two kittens for that fee. The shelter will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18.

If you’re interested in adopting, you can get started at hillcountryhumanesociety.org by downloading an application under the “Adopt or Foster” link at the top of the page. Fill it out and bring it with you Saturday.

One thing shelter staff and volunteers learned at last year’s event was it would be better for people to fill out the application ahead of time.

“Things got a bit backed up last year,” Bishop said. “This year, it would be great if people downloaded and filled out the application ahead of time.”

The Hill Country Humane Society has a number of animals from which people can pick, including dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and some special-needs pets.

If you want to see what animals are available (it changes quite frequently), go to the above website and click on the Petfinder or Petango buttons on the home page.

As a side note, Bishop pointed out, when a family or personal pet goes missing, the Hill Country Humane Society is a good place to start looking. Animal control officers often bring lost pets to the shelter.

“If you’re missing your dog or cat, call us or check our Facebook page,” Bishop said. “It’s a good place to begin (looking for your lost pet).”

Call the shelter at (512) 793-5463 or go to the website or the Hill Country Humane Society’s Facebook page for more information. The shelter is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Go to cleartheshelters.com for more on Clear the Shelters.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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