AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society and Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare released year-end statistics for 2021 and what they saw when animals entered the shelter.
According to APHS, 7,954 dogs/cats entered the city shelter in the year 2021 and the organization was able to save over three thousand of these animals this year through various means.
One was transporting pets in need of out-of-state rescue.
“We make two transports, sometimes three per week. We’re going to Kansas. And then we do one a week every Wednesday in Colorado and we have rescues coming in from Wyoming for that,” Clark said.
And according to the AAMW website, the department rescued 5,809 strays last year, adopted 1,404 dogs and cats, and euthanized 2,449 animals, including those requested by owners and those with rabies.
Cynthia Clark, director of operations for the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society, said Amarillo needs to understand that when it comes to animals, we are in dire straits.
“We have to sterilize and sterilize, otherwise we will never go forward. We have to repair our animals. Amarillo has had more than enough. People have to neuter and neuter or we’ll never see the end of it,” Clark said.
Clark added that they’ve seen a lot of post-pandemic issues in 2021, as a lot of people have adopted pets and realized they didn’t have time to care for them once they were. returned to work.
Clark said Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare is overseeing owner claims and has also taken care of on-site adoptions. They are also in charge of bite cases and cruelty investigations.
To see a full breakdown of Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare 2021 stats, you can visit here.