The League City Animal Shelter didn’t have trouble finding positive news in 2020.
In its final report for last year, the shelter indicated that a little over 1,700 cats and dogs were adopted from the facility.
Numerous foster families during the year wound up adopting the animal they were preparing for the adoption process.
“COVID actually kind of helped us out a little bit,” Animal Services Supervisor Lakeisha Shaw said. “There were so many animals in foster (care) during that time. We weren’t sure if we were going to be completely shut down or what the case may be.”
Mard Gras-themed pet party planned for Saturday
The shelter will attempt to beat that 1,700 number with events throughout 2021. The first, the free “Beads and Bark in the Park,” is Saturday.
Beads and Bark will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at League Park, 512 Second St. As you might guess, it will have a Mardi Gras atmosphere, with activities including a pet costume contest, which costs $5 for registration, with the money going to the League City Dog Park Association.
Beads and Bark in the Park
What: A family- and pet-friendly event that will include a pet costume contest, Mardi Gras-themed pet parade and a kids bike parade.
When: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 23. The pet parade is at 10:30 a.m., the kids bike parade at noon.
Where: League Park, 512 Second St.
With zydeco music expected to permeate the park, there will be a Mardi Gras mask-making activity and a kids bike parade, slated to start at noon.
“We’ll have adoptions out there and a few other events,” Shaw said of Beads and Bark in the Park. “We don’t get a lot of adoptions at events like this, it’s more for exposure and awareness. Beads and Bark is something we’re trying to turn into an annual event,” Shaw said.
Adoption average: 4 pets a day
When some nearby animal shelters shut down last year, leading to more animals being brought to the League City shelter.
“That did affect our intake but it never got to the point where we were overwhelmed,” Shaw said.
The shelter saw an average of four animals a day being adopted.
Of those 1,700 or so adoptions, cats and kittens led the way with 900 purring their way to new homes.
“We definitely did more cats and kittens. It’s understandable because during the spring and summer, we had a ton of kittens and pregnant mommas,” Shaw said. “We usually don’t get as big an explosion of puppies like we do with kittens. They’re like nonstop from spring to late fall.”
Future animal shelter events will include a one-year anniversary celebration of League City’s new shelter facility in March..
“We haven’t nailed down the exact date yet, but it’ll be towards the end of March,” Shaw said.