Currently, 18 dogs and three cats are considered at risk of being euthanized because the animals have been have been in the South Gloster Street shelter for more than one month. Since all cages at the shelter are full, these 21 animals would be the first to be euthanized.
“This is usually a busy time of the year for us,” said TLHS Executive Director Debbie Hood. “These animals are spayed and neutered and they are healthy. They deserve a chance to live.”
Hood said that about 20-30 new animals are being brought in each day, and they will soon have to turn animals away if people do not come adopt. Shelter officials say they do not want to turn away stray animals that are brought in, but they also do not want to euthanize healthy animals.
“Sometimes we see a personality change if the animals stay in the shelter too long,” Hood said. “That’s why we try to limit the animals’ stay to no more than a month.”
For people that cannot adopt an animal, a sponsorship program is available through the shelter for $75 an animal.
“With the sponsorship program, it allows us to help find homes for the animals quicker,” Hood said. “A couple dogs have gotten heartworm treatments from sponsors.”
People can see pictures and short descriptions of each adoptable animal on the shelter’s website, tupeloleehumane.org. There are also detailed instructions about the adoption process on the website, as well as information regarding lost and found pets and euthanasia. Hood is also urging the community to help spread the word through social media and email.
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