LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Animal House Adoption Center is full of dogs.
From those abandoned to abandoned and even some returns, the Louisville Metro Animal Services shelter has seen it all this year.
“More people wanting to adopt will be a great to help,” said Ashley Book, acting shelter director at LMAS.
Ozzy Gibson, former police commander and Louisville director of Metro Animal Services, said the no kill animal shelter has seen 70 dogs entered the facility last week and one half. Staff members posted photos of lost Huskies, German Shepherds and Chihuahuas to name a few, in addition to their typical Pitbull and mixes looking for forever homes.
This worries staff unable to accommodate new animals and seeing adoptions stall nationwide.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), nearly one in five people nationwide have adopted a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A big reason the shelter could see breeds in high demand is due to fewer people working from home and unable to care for their four-legged companion.
“We always hope people are responsible pet owners and ask for help if they need it,” Book said. “We do not do I want to see more stray dogs on the streets and I hope we do not do.”
In 2021, Louisville Animal Control Officers responded to more than 17,300 requests for service, including 2,640 reports of neglect and 594 reports of abuse. Two cases resulted in jail terms for the owners. Animal Control also reunited 120 pets with their owners in the field instead of sheltering them because they were microchipped, licensed or both with updated contact details on file.
After LMAS posted calls for help online, it garnered hundreds of shares. But all the same, the Organizations are always looking for volunteers, foster homes and donations.
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