The League City Animal Shelter has become so overcrowded that it's no longer accepting surrendered or stray animals, according to a press release.

“Summer is always a busy time for us, but since we became a no-kill shelter in 2017, the facility has been inundated with unwanted pets from other cities,” shelter Director Kim Schoolcraft said. “We believe this is because people prefer not to surrender pets to shelters where the pets might be euthanized.”

Those who find a stray in League City limits should call animal control at 281-554-1377 to collect the animal instead of bringing it to the shelter. Pets owners want to surrender the shelter won't be accepted at all, according to the release.

To help alleviate the overcrowding, the city is extending its promotion where League City residents can adopt an adult dog or cat from the shelter for free. All adopted animals are spayed or neutered and come with a microchip. The promotion will continue until Aug. 31, according to the release.

The shelter encourages those unable to permanently adopt a pet to consider joining the shelter's foster or volunteer programs. Interested residents can sign up at

“We currently have cats at pet stores across the city who have opened their doors to us,” Schoolcraft said. “While we are grateful for the space, we are still responsible for the animals’ care, and we need volunteers to help us clean cages and perform other tasks.”

To view League City Animal Shelter pets up for adoption, visit