ATLANTA – The Fulton County Animal Companies Shelter on Atlanta’s West Aspect is so crowded that director Audrey Shoemaker stated it is almost 300 canines in extra.
“We’re actually misplaced. We do not know the place we will put the subsequent canine that is available in. It is a disaster scenario. It’s extremely horrible on the shelter proper now,” Shoemaker stated.
The shelter was in-built 1978, Shoemaker defined, to deal with 80 animals. They presently have solely 376 canines.
“These animals should be in houses. They’re pets,” Shoemaker defined. “Watching the canines go by and hoping somebody catches them is basically heartbreaking.”
LifeLine Animal Mission contracts with Fulton County and DeKalb County to handle their animal shelters. They stated adoptions are presently down 19% from final yr. On the identical time, extra animals enter the services day-after-day.
“We’re seeing a number of surrenders and other people having to surrender their pets, even when they do not wish to due to housing and lack of funds,” Shoemaker stated.
To assist alleviate overcrowding and convey pets into loving houses, LifeLine provides adoptions for simply $ 20 in the course of the month of August as a part of its annual “Clear the Shelters” marketing campaign. This adoption price contains vaccinations, sterilization or sterilization and a microchip.
“We imagine the neighborhood must know what is going on on within the shelters,” Shoemaker defined. “By being utterly clear, I can solely hope that folks reply as a result of I understand how a lot they care about pets.”
In keeping with LifeLine, they want 300 houses instantly – 150 in DeKalb and 150 in Fulton – to assist with overcrowding. Nonetheless, they hope to position 500 animals by the top of the month.
These not able to undertake an animal can assist by fostering one, volunteering on the shelter, or donating cash to assist with the rising prices of care.
LifeLife additionally encourages individuals to “take 48” in the event that they discover a misplaced pet. As an alternative of instantly delivering the pet to an already overcrowded shelter, they ask individuals to carry the canine or cat for 48 hours whereas they publish on social media or neighborhood boards to try to find the proprietor.