Hundreds of animals at North Texas shelter get a taste of Thanksgiving – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Animals at Fort Worth Animal Shelter gobble up a special Thanksgiving meal Thursday.
According to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter, more than 50 volunteers will share their time on Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day to prepare and serve more than 750 meals for all of the animals in the shelter.
The activity is becoming a tradition at the shelter, so all pets have something extra this holiday weekend, shelter officials said.
“This week, every shelter animal will receive a little bit of holiday cheer and happiness in their bowl, but it really is the extra kindness that matters most to the animals,” said Dr. Tim Morton, deputy director of the Fort Worth City Code Compliance with Fort Worth Animal Shelter Supervision. “Each of these animals is in search of their forever home, and our staff and volunteers make sure they receive all the attention and love they deserve while they are in our care.”
Volunteers will begin preparing the meal at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and the meal will be served at noon on Thursday. This year’s holiday menu includes sweet potatoes, chicken, green beans and pumpkin.
The shelter said the food was made available through donations from Fort Worth residents responding to the shelter’s Amazon wishlist.
Since the summer, the refuge has been operating almost at full capacity. The shelter currently cares for more than 750 pets, the Fort Worth Animal Shelter said.
According to shelter officials, the shelter still needs people who want to adopt. There is also a huge demand for those who can serve as host families or volunteer.
Fostering is one way to help relieve some of the pressure when the shelter is operating at full capacity and gives potential adopters more information about the animal, ultimately leading to a perfect match, the shelter said.