DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - Stephanie Phillips said the Denison Animal Welfare group's building was at capacity over the weekend with 25 occupied kennels, but needed to bring in even more dogs from the pound in an effort to help save their lives.
"I hope that someone that really loves dogs comes here and just takes them," said 10-year-old volunteer Alyssa Witcher.
Alyssa said she's volunteered with DAWG for the past four summers, and has seen more dogs come through the shelter this year than in the past four years.
"They come here for dumb reasons. Like, puppies because they act like puppies. Because they will tear the couches like puppies do," said Alyssa.
Phillips said DAWG needed to bring in 17 dogs that were housed in nine kennels at the pound.
Because their shelter, which is a non kill facility, was already at capacity, they needed to find people to foster the dogs quickly.
"One litter may not seem like a lot to you, but to us, times 20 thousand citizens, it is overwhelming and we are just absolutely overwhelmed," said Phillips.
Phillips said 77 dogs are in the care system of DAWG, and sent out 10 dogs to foster care on Tuesday, and are looking for at least 10 more homes to save dogs currently at the pound.
"In four years, we have not had to see the pound euthanize dogs just for a lack of space. We've been able to manage it so that we send enough animals out to be able to keep animals open there, and not have dogs be euthanized. But that many dogs in that short of a period of time is almost impossible," said Phillips.
Alyssa has one goal before the end of the summer.
"For all the dogs to go to their homes so we can be happy," she said.
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