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'No-kill' policy adopted at Sherman shelter

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Sherman Animal Shelter is changing its policy on euthanizing pets. (KTEN) Sherman Animal Shelter is changing its policy on euthanizing pets. (KTEN)
Pets at the Sherman Animal Shelter will no longer be subject to euthaniziation except in specific circumstances. (KTEN) Pets at the Sherman Animal Shelter will no longer be subject to euthaniziation except in specific circumstances. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- The Sherman Animal Shelter is now a "no-kill" shelter, even though it's currently over capacity.

"We're only euthanizing animals because we have to for a reason, not for space anymore," said animal services manager Ty Coleman. "That definitely makes everybody feel much better at ease, because adoptable animals do have a chance to find a home."

Cats and dogs won't be put down at the Sherman facility unless they're aggressive or very sick. And it's not always about the animals found on the streets; some owners are surrendering their pets.

"I have four white German shepherds, and this year, for some reason three of them continually had a problem with this dog," said Earl Brownlow. "I wanted him to have a good home, so I think the best thing for me to do is to bring him out to a shelter and allow him to have the opportunity to be adopted to a new home."

Adoption fees are reduced from $50 to $25 to help clear out the shelter as much as possible, since no animal is being turned away.

A total of $65,000 has been donated to Sherman Animal Shelter this year.  They have a goal of reaching $100,000.

"Denison Animal Welfare Group -- DAWG -- is one of our key partners in helping us achieve this 90 percent live release date, and improving our medical care as well for the animals, providing that extra medical care helps us not have to euthanize."

Sherman Animal Services is accepting donations online to help keep up with food and medical costs.

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