There are many different breeds of dogs and cats at the Waxahachie City Animal Shelter looking for the right home and family.

“Around this time of year every year we seem to have an influx of unwanted or abandoned animals. I think a lot of it has to do with the weather with it being nice and, of course, they are having kittens and puppies,” animal control officer Warren Howell said.

“When we pick them up we want to find a home for every animal, but, in order for us to do that, we need the public’s support in realizing that the city of Waxahachie has it own animal shelter. We want to place every animal; that is our desire. But, without public support, it can’t be that way every time.”

Howell said the unfortunate result is if people or different rescue and breed specific organizations can’t adopt or take in the animals a tough decision has to be made on which ones have to be put to sleep. This is a tough decision the staff at the shelter does not take lightly.

The shelter staff members try to match the right animal with the right owner and family. They do this by working with each animal to find out what kind of temperament, attitude and quirks it has. This is so when a person goes to the shelter looking for a specific type breed the staff can match it with a potential owner and home environment.

“We have everything. If you can think of a breed it will probably come through our shelter at one time or another during the year,” Howell said.

“We seem to have a very large influx of Labs, shepherd and Staffordshire terriers. We also get a lot of  Chihuahuas, spaniels, basset hounds and beagles. You name it, we get it and we get a lot of cats too.”

Howell said the shelters get almost every type of breed of cat from the main coon variety, which is the typical tabby looking cat but with longer hair, to the Siamese. Along with dogs and cats, the shelter has plenty of kittens and puppies available for adoption.

Adoptions at the shelter are from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; people should call first before going out to the shelter between the hours of noon-1 p.m. The shelter is located at 191 Lions Park Road; the staff can be reached at 972-937-1802 for information and details about adoption rates.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1458.