Overcrowding at Animal Shelters Becoming an Epidemic

Earlier this week, it was reported that the City's Animal Control Department has temporarily stopped accepted strays. Even the private no-kill shelters are at capacity.

It is so bad, some are calling it an epidemic of strays, with no end in sight. The shelters are saying they are overwhelmed, and there is simply no more room.

You see strays pretty much in every neighborhood in the city. No side of town is immune.

"It's a dumping problem all over town," PALS Veterinarian Dr. Floyd Garrett said. "Everybody seems to like the shelters, you know, to just dump them on the front door so when they open up in the morning they take them in."

At the PALS Animal Shelter on Navigation, they have taken in more than just cats and dogs; there are goats, roosters and even a pony.

At Peewee's Pet Adoption World & Sanctuary, there are close to 600 animals, and there would probably be a lot more, but they are at capacity too.

"I get 75 calls a day, and people get angry because I can't take 75 animals a day," said Ernie Cochran, shelter director at Peewee's. "If you multiply 75 times 365 days a year, I would have to take in 27,000 plus animals a year."

At the Gulf Coast Humane Society, the problem is the same.

"We are over capacity all the time," said Harold Bennett, Humane Society director. "If we open up a kennel, it fills up the next day. It's just that bad. We're having to turn people away right and left."

Responsible pet ownership is always the best solution, but with that comes the most important thing these shelters all agree on: spay and neuter your pets.


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