Valley animal shelters running out of room
Local animal shelters and kennels say they're running out of room.
For the past two months the Healthy Hearts and Paws Project in Brookfield, the Trumbull County Kennel and the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County say they have been at high or max capacity with dogs.
"I just don't think people realize how bad it is everywhere," Jason Cooke said, president of Healthy Hearts and Paws.
His site has 62 dogs in their care and another 10 at a vet. The Healthy Hearts and Paws Project takes in and cares for dogs with heart worm.
The Trumbull County Kennel currently has 19 dogs, but more can arrive at any given time.
"We've been doing our best to get them out to either rescues or even getting them out to adopters, but even a lot of the rescues are full right now," Corey Behnke said, deputy dog warden in Trumbull County.
The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County is one of those shelters. It hit 92-percent capacity last Thursday. Anything above 90 percent is considered max capacity. The shelter was in the high 80 percent capacity range for the past two months.
The AWL's CEO Lori Schandor tells 21 News they're only taking emergency cases at this time.
The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County has a waiting list of about 85 animals including cats and dogs.
It's not just adoptions the agencies are having trouble with, they're also seeing a drop in the number of people volunteering their time to help care for their animals.
"Because of the restrictions being lifted, people have regained their freedom, they're either traveling or they've went back to work," Cooke said.
Cooke says they've noticed a drop off in people using Petfinder to inquire about adoptable dogs. He's hopeful that more people will eventually consider adoption or offer their time to volunteer.
The Healthy Hearts and Paws Project is also getting ready to host its Purse Bingo Fundraiser on Friday, July 16 at 5 p.m. at the Tiffany Banquet Center.