Erath County Humane Society is filling up

By: Blair Phillips

Multimedia Journalist

The Erath Country Humane Society kennels are filling up and the shelter is looking for people to donate, foster, adopt and volunteer.

The Humane Society is always open to volunteers to help care for the animals they shelter by walking dogs, playing with cats, assisting in adoptions, helping with events and cleaning cages. A volunteer application can be found on their website at

The Human Society website said, “We would not be able to stay true to our mission without the help of our dedicated volunteers, if you love animals as much as we do, ECHS could use your help.”

The shelter runs off of donations, which can be made through their website, through mail-ins, or in-person. They also accept supply donations. The list of supplies the shelter needs is listed at as well.

“We strongly believe these pets deserve good health, compassion and a better life. But we can’t do it alone. With your donation, you are helping to keep our shelter up-and-running to provide for the dogs and cats in our care,” the website said.

The Pre-Veterinary Club at Tarleton is just one of the organizations that partners with the shelter to assist in caring for the many animals that the Humane Society takes in. The organization volunteers their time at the shelter every other Saturday to walk, clean and groom some of the dogs there.

Tarleton State University Pre-Vet club volunteers at the animal shelter.
Photo courtesy of Facebook.

“This gives our members a chance to get community service hours, while giving back to our community,” Pre-Vet Club President Tiffany McNab said. “We are very grateful to have such a wonderful relationship with our local shelter. It is a great time for the members and for the dogs as well.”

Last fall, Tarleton’s Pre-Vet Club hosted a “Take a PAWS” event on campus, where students could come and interact with a few dogs from the shelter. The club is planning to host the event this year as well, with necessary precautions to ensure safety of all participating students.

“The students had a great time, all of the dogs were adopted and the Pre-Vet club raised quite a bit of money for Erath County Humane Society,” McNab said.

The Humane Society takes in every animal they can, but even with their large facility, they are running out of space to shelter animals. Another great way to help the ECHS is to open your home to foster an animal that is not yet ready to be put up for adoption due to age, injury or need of socialization.

“If you have room in your home and in your heart, fostering is a great way to help alleviate some kennel space and allow more animals to be saved,” McNab said.

For more information on how to help, call the Erath County Humane Society at 254-965-3247, stop by the shelter which is located at 891 East Road Stephenville, TX 76401 or visit their website at

“If your or someone you know is looking to welcome a new furry friend into your home, always consider the Humane Society first,” McNab said. “There are so many sweet and loving dogs and cats!”

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