Faced With Serious Overcrowding, Shelter Staff Gave Up Break Room For Pets

When a Texas animal shelter was faced with a serious overcrowding problem, they selflessly gave up their break room to make room for the homeless pets. The compassionate act took place at The Colony Animal Services facility earlier this month.

On November 9, the shelter manager commended shelter staff for their decision:

“It warms my heart when I call a staff meeting to discuss our serious shelter “over-population” issues and what we could do to solve our problem, WITHOUT HESITATION the staff decided to give up their employee break room and make it into an overflow kennel area for cats or small dogs.”

Though the decision to turn the break room over to the pets left staff without a place to warm up their lunches, or take a much needed break, the employees were steadfast in their decision to help – the shelter manager said, ” No matter, they chose to do without, so we wouldn’t have to make tough decisions and euthanize due to space.”

Area residents were reminded of the animal shelter’s commitment to the homeless pets in The Colony:

“For the citizens of The Colony, this is the proud team you have running and operating your city shelter. They give and give each day in order to provide a safe, comfortable and peaceful environment for all the stray and unwanted animals of this community.
We pride ourselves on making this small, old building a warm inviting safe haven for these scared animals. My saying has always been, “we’re a small shelter with a huge heart!”

The worrisome overcrowding situation at the shelter was the result of a high number of owner surrendered pets. A request was put out to the community to please consider adoption…

After a great deal of community outreach, the “code red” situation ended on November 12.  Mark, the Animal Services Director, wrote:

CODE RED has officially ENDED!!

Thank you to all our followers who shared our post, donated, applied to volunteer, adopted and most importantly thanks to those who support our cause!!!
On a personal note, I want to give a huge shout out to our volunteers and staff who work their “tails” off to care for all the animals, man the offsite adoption events, and giving of their time to save these animals and finding them great homes.

Find the website for The Colony Animal Services here.

Friends of The Colony Animal Services Facebook page here.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Sherry says:

    Mark is appointed by the Caretaker’s of Animals
    To be the Leader of rescuing animals with love and respect!

  2. Cindy Ray says:

    Best little shelter ever!

  3. Shannon Greet says:

    I am honored to be one of the many volunteers at this shelter on a daily basis even holidays. We love our staff and we love that Mark Cooper choose to take on the much needed rescue our shelter needed. I am so proud of all of our amazing volunteers and can’t be happier being apart of an amazing group.

  4. Laura says:

    Ok great! now how about a raise for the employees’ sacrifice from the additional donations?

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