Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a link to the Collin County Animal Services volunteer form.

Facing challenges due to overcrowding, the Collin County Animal Shelter is seeking help from residents.

Due to the issue at the shelter, five dogs were recently euthanized at Collin County Animal Services in McKinney.

"Shelters across the country are facing similar overcrowding issues, and unfortunately, CCAS is no exception," Animal Services Manager Lacy DeHorney said in an email.

What you need to know

DeHorney said during animal intake evaluations, staff consider things such as medical issues, animal behavior, length of possible stay, adoptability potential and space limitations.

The shelter staff aim to place the animals with forever families. DeHorney added it is not an increase in intakes that is contributing to overcrowding but that dogs are staying longer due to low adoption rates.

"These are the animals they see and care for every single day," DeHorney said. "The staff's commitment to the animals' well-being is unwavering. Thankfully, the county has approved a bond for a shelter expansion project, and our leaders are committed to making this a priority. However, immediate action is still needed from our community."

What’s next?

CCAS is urgently seeking adopters, fosters and volunteers. DeHorney says adoption and foster numbers are very low, and rescue organizations are facing similar capacity issues.

"CCAS has many gorgeous, loving and loyal dogs waiting for their forever homes," DeHorney said. "Please consider adopting, fostering or volunteering your time. Every little bit helps."

How to help

If you're interested in helping CCAS, here's what you can do: