I wish each of you could stand in our shoes for just one day to understand life at a county animal shelter. We try so hard to be positive, bright and chearful for the public. But the honest true is every car that arrives we scan for dogs, or crates of kittens, and do a mental calculus of how much closer they bring us to full capacity. We live and die emotionally by that count… each and every day.
This week cats and dogs rained on our little shelter. In the blink of an eye are empty kennels were filled and we closed our doors this evening with an over capacity shelter, 38 dogs and 119 cats. The last black lab and a dutch shepherd delivered by animal control broke our back. For the first time in 8 months we have to consider taking lives for no reason other than space restrictions. How incredibly unfair it is for these little souls.
So pray for us this weekend and hope for a miracle. If you have dogs or cats you can no longer care for, call us first for alternatives before you bring them in this week.
If you have room in your hearts and homes to foster a cat or dog to help us through this crisis, please e-mail us at email@example.com.