It's a problem that is only growing nationwide and in the Mahoning Valley. The Columbiana County Humane Society has too many animals and not enough room to house them all. Over the past several months, they've worked to make ends meet trying to fit hundreds of animals in their space. 

This comes as they just had to rescue five animals abandoned for weeks in a Columbiana County home. 21 News toured the humane society to see just how much need they're in.

Humane agents in Columbiana County are asking the public to secure their dogs, so they don't have to pack strays into its already crowded facility in Salem.

"A lot of strays don't get picked up, unfortunately," explained Katie Sturgeon, Shelter Manager at the Columbiana County Humane Society. "So then we have to vet them and then put them up for adoption. But it still takes a long time to get that done and that takes up room from the humane cases that we could be bringing in."

The Columbiana County Humane Society only accepts stray animals from Salem.

Max capacity has been an ongoing concern for months. There are so many dogs and cats at the humane society, that even office spaces are now being used to house more animals.

"They're just everywhere we can put them," Sturgeon added. "We have dogs in popup kennels that we usually dont do. All of our dog kennels are filled. All of our isolation unit is filled. Upstairs, we have multiple cat rooms filled. We have one of our kitchens as our maternity ward for cats."

One dog named Tootsie was busy Friday caring for her litter of 6 puppies in an office room. 10-year-old Todd was resting in what is typically used as the front entryway. He and 4 other animals were just rescued from an abandoned home Thursday.

"Once we got there and saw how bad the conditions were, we were able to get a search warrant," Sturgeon said. "All of them had medical issues that we are going to be handling. We had to take all of them to an emergency vet."

After a medical evaluation, Todd needs a seated airway exam, splenic mass surgery, and an abdominal ultrasound. A few medical conditions he is suffering from include nonregenerative anemia, mild hepatomegaly, and spinal spondylosis. A chihuahua mix named Teddy was also rescued from the home. He needs dental work and treatment for an ear infection. Three cats were rescued from the abandoned home. All three of them have ear infections and several other health conditions. 

While the humane society continues to balance rescuing animals and maintaining capacity, they say this could be a sign you're ready for a four-legged friend.

"We're hoping that we can get the ones that are available and up for adoption out of here so we can continue to get the medical ones that need taken care of before they're put up for adoption," Sturgeon said.

The Humane Society is offering half-off dog adoption fees this weekend.

Those interested in adopting from the Columbiana County Humane Society must have all of their pets neutered or spayed and updated on vaccines.

Call the Columbiana County Humane Society at 234-575-7177 or visit them at 1825 S. Lincoln Ave, Salem, OH 44460.