The cap helps reduce overcrowding at the Garland Animal Shelter when pets are surrendered.

Like other North Texas cities, Garland is dealing with it. A capacity issue at her animal shelter — but its animal services department has had some success reducing the number of animals at its shelter after city officials earlier this year cut the number of daily surrenders from five to two. Got it.

Animal Services Director Art Munoz says Garland has seen about 420 animals surrendered by their owners this year, down from 675 in 2022.

While that may not seem like a huge number,” Munoz told the Animal Services Advisory Committee earlier this month, “it’s a significant number for the shelter because it’s less than 200 animals that died. Could have been.”

Munoz said the overcrowding in shelters in Texas is due to inflation and the pet boom due to the pandemic. Munoz added that Garland has seen an increase in stray pets, but it’s a statewide problem.

For example, the Collin County Animal Shelter has been overcrowded for years. Voters approved a proposal to double the size of the shelter in November.

Are you going to have citizens who are creative?” Munoz said. “Yes.”

But Munoz said limiting animal surrenders and supporting owners with resources are better alternatives than doing nothing. The city’s shelter offers low-cost vaccinations and a food pantry to help owners keep their pets in homes and make surrendering their animals a last resort.

Juan Salinas II is a KERA news intern. Have a tip? Email Joanne at You can follow Joan at X @4nsmiley.

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