SALEM – With declining adoption charges and a gradual stream of pets nonetheless in search of properties, Salem’s Northeast Animal Shelter hopes to undertake its quota of 138 not too long ago arrived cats and kittens from Florida.
The cats arrived in Massachusetts on Tuesday morning and have been taken to 4 shelters throughout the state. They arrive from areas of Florida which have an overpopulation of cats and the place shelters didn’t have adequate sources to deal with them.
They are going to be obtainable for adoption throughout an “adopt-a-thon” in every of the shelters on Saturday and Sunday.
The time slots to satisfy cats are already full, however Michael Keiley, govt director of the Northeast Animal Shelter and director of adoption facilities and packages at MSPCA-Angell, stated there will likely be many possibilities of discovering a furry buddy.
“We’d like customers greater than ever,” Keiley stated. “Yearly because the starting of this pandemic, it has been a novel new problem. And the largest problem we face proper now throughout the nation is that though hiring numbers have elevated this 12 months, we’re seeing a transparent decline in curiosity in adoption. “
This has created a surplus of animals for adoption in shelters throughout the nation.
“It does not matter what sort of animal they undertake, whether or not it is a canine, a cat or one other animal,” Keiley stated. “Each time somebody adopts from one in every of our shelters, it means we’ve got an empty kennel that we will then use to deal with extra animals from closely affected areas.”
Simply final week, 55 beagle puppies have been dropped at the Salem shelter. The canines are amongst 4,000 beagles that have been rescued by Envigo, a beagle breeding firm in Virginia that violated dozens of rules in a federal investigation this summer time.
All 5 dozen of Salem’s puppies have been adopted or are within the strategy of being adopted. The MSPCA will return to Virginia to breed extra canines in Massachusetts later this month, Keiley stated.
The shelter may also obtain 20 cats from a shelter in Kentucky that wants more room for pets which have been displaced by extreme flooding, he posted on his Northeast Animal Shelter Fb web page Friday.
“We’re doing our greatest to assist not solely animals in Massachusetts however animals throughout the nation as nicely,” Keiley stated.
For extra info on canines and cats up for adoption, go to www.northeastanimalshelter.org/.
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