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      PAWS in Pampa aims to protect its pets

      The city of Pampa animal shelter partnered with PAWS, also known as the Pampa Animal Welfare Society to improve the chances of their animals getting adopted and avoiding euthanasia. Since the partnership began, hundreds of animals have found homes because of their relentless effort. Over five hundred were adopted from the Pampa shelter this past fall alone.

      â??You know, the PAWS group, they handle our adoptions, and they have really done an excellent job in placing an awful lot of animals. Just last month, they placed 113 animals,â?? said Monty Montgomery, Director of Animal Control.

      The group is working to get as many animals as possible out of their shelter, even if it means placing them in another shelter. In fact, they were leaving today to Trinidad, Colorado to meet with a partner there to place their animals in no-kill shelters across that state.

      â??PAWS works diligently trying to place the animals. And through their efforts theyâ??ve made a difference in what weâ??ve had to euthanize,â?? said Montgomery.

      Overcrowding is a major issue in shelters and rescues. For the Human Society in Amarillo, if an owner decides to surrender their pet, that pet has just days to be adopted before it is euthanized.

      â??We can take in owner surrenders for $15 and that allows us to keep them up for adoption for five business days. At the end of the five business days, we do hand them over to animal control to be euthanized,â?? said Jena McFall, Executive Director of the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society.

      The humane society said they warn pet owners that by dropping off their pets, there is a good chance they are threatening that animals life. Due to funding and lack of space, they are unable to keep the pets for any longer. The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society will be hosting an event this weekend for half-price adoption fees to encourage as many adoptions as possible.