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Showing posts from August, 2011

Shelters struggle to care for dogs and cats in peak months

 Article published in the News and Advance on August 30, 2011 We thought it might be funny to have a “Vacancy/No Vacancy” neon sign that we could hang out front, letting people know our status of cage availability for new animals coming to the shelter. We wondered if it would make a difference. Spring and Summer time signals kitten season plus an over-abundance of stray dogs and puppies. Shelters can’t handle the increased volume and it seems like everyone makes decisions in June, July and August to move to places that won’t allow pets or they decide that they can no longer handle pet responsibilities. Or, they decide the outside cat for which they have taken responsibility over months or years needs to go because it keeps having kittens or they are tired of it and it must go now; they can’t wait. At this time of year we struggle to find the funds to take care of the little ones who are brought to us, we struggle to find the space to put them, and we stru