HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - Leaders at the Hamilton County Humane Society are calling it a crisis. Overcrowding has gotten so bad, they fear they may have to euthanize if people don't step up and adopt.
“We've been thinking about it for several months,” Joy Volz said.
6-year-old Ellen Volz has been waiting for this day for a long time.
“We've been talking and doing research and then we found Murphy,” Joy said.
The perfect fit for the Volz family came in a 2-year-old Golden Retriever, Australian Shepherd mix who was left at the Hamilton County Humane Society.
The problem is Murphy is one of the fortunate few. Hundreds of other pets are still behind bars.
Every kennel is full. Every cat cage occupied. Even floor space is filled with crates.
“Normally we average about 60-65 new animals each week and for whatever reason we're starting to see a huge increase in that,” Executive Director of the Hamilton County Humane Society Rebecca Stevens said. “Last week alone we had about 114 animals come in.”
The reasons are as different as the animals themselves – moving, had too many cats. But those reasons have created a crisis for the shelter.
“A lot of animals. It is very loud and very crowded,” Ryan Volz said.
With no space left, the Humane Society is having to contemplate something they never want to: euthanization.
“Those animals that come in that have been owned and are older do far worse in the shelter,” Stevens said. “They get sick, they get depressed. They don't understand why they're here.”
It's why the Hamilton County Humane Society is pleading with the public. Try your hardest to give your pet a forever home, and if you're able, adopt.
Murphy couldn't wait to get into his new family's car.
And Ellen couldn't wait to get home to give him his first bath.
The Hamilton County Humane Society is running an adoption special right now. For as low as $15 you can adopt a pet that's been spayed or neutered, has all its shots and even comes with 30 days of pet insurance.
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