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Calls increase to the SPCA of ETX in cold weather

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TYLER (KYTX) - With cold weather comes more problems for pets.

Many cats and dogs not only could face cold nights with the freezing temperatures ahead.

But so many stray animals have no where to go to stay warm.

Because of the colder weather there have been more phone calls made to the SPCA to rescue dogs and other animals around Smith County.

Now because there's not a shelter, that leads workers to bringing in some of those puppies inside, maybe even to the kitchen, just to keep them warm.

Lynn Harty fosters dogs through the SPCA of East Texas.

"We have 4 of these babies. They're 3 boys and one girl," says Harty.

This is Lover Boy.

Harty says she's not fostering him, or the litter he came from, and there are many more sweet faces like this that need a home.

"It's Christmas time and it's cold outside and we're getting more and more animals that are out in the cold and they need our help," says Harty.

"We're exceeding our capacity right now by sticking dogs in our kitchen and our tile because they're warm and they're safe here, so we gave up our lunchroom today," says Deborah Dobbs, the President of the SPCA of East Texas.

This pair needed out of the cold too.

Dobbs says they're exceeding capacity with nearly 50 dogs.

And for some inexplicable reason, she says black dogs are hardest to adopt out.

The organization is based solely on foster homes, because there's no shelter to send the animals to in bad weather.

"These are dogs that no one wanted, they were abandoned or unwanted dogs and this is a direct result of those changes that we really need as a community," says Dobbs.

Dobbs says the SPCA is receiving 30 to 40 calls a day since the temperature dropped, because people know of dogs and cats that have been roaming the streets that need somewhere to go.

"They need to be socialized and they need to be taught how to sleep in a crate and how to be good, so it's going to require a person that's got the patience and the where-with-all to work with a puppy," says Dobbs.

Dobbs says the Smith County animal control center isn't taking in anymore animals until next week because it's filled to capacity.

Leaving these pups with only one place to go for now -- and a little help from people at home.

"I want to foster because I'm saving a life," says Harty.



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