Dogs taking up residence at the Erath County Humane Society are living in pretty cramped quarters these days.

ECHS executive director Serena Wright told the E-T on Tuesday that more than 70 dogs are currently housed at the animal shelter.

“We are way over capacity,” she said. “Our capacity in real life is only like 26 dogs and we have more than 70 right now. Some dogs are being kept in cages two or three at a time. We are in pretty bad shape.”

Cat adoptions have been temporarily suspended due to an outbreak of panleukopenia, a highly contagious viral disease that affects cats. Wright says the disease is similar to the parvovirus.

“We have vaccinated all of the cats, but if they were exposed before that, it won’t do any good,” she said.

PET OF THE WEEK

Sky is this week’s featured pet.

“Just look into those blue eyes and you will fall in love,” Wright said. “Sky loves going on long walks and snuggling on the couch.”

If you are interested in adopting this sweet male dog, stop by the animal shelter at 891 East Road or call 965-3247.

LOOKING TO EXPAND

Wright and the ECHS board of directors have not given up on their dream to build a new shelter.

“We are working on a plan to get into a bigger facility,” Wright said. “We want to build a new one and we plan to start looking for property about a mile out of the city limits. We would like at least 10 acres.”

Anyone can contribute to the building fund using Venmo or PayPal.