Animal shelters urgently need to find homes amid overcrowding

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WJBF) – Animal shelters across the country and here in CSRA are experiencing overcrowding. Many of them feel it especially during the summer months.

This is why there is a national call for adoption.

Local animal shelters need your help in a dire situation. Getting cats and dogs, like Gabrielle, out of a crowded space for your home.

“It’s not good for the pet,” Susan Gainey, SPCA Albrecht’s executive director for animal welfare, told NewsChannel 6. “Pets get anxious and go crazy for the kennel. They don’t have the advantage of having a loving home, which is not good for the animal’s mental health.

Anyone who wants a fury friend is in luck. There are tons of wet noses and paw prints to wade through. Too many, in fact, to stay in one place.

“We have kennels that hold two or three dogs. 40 pound dogs. It’s too tight,” said Kathy Cagle, Friends Of The Animal Shelter program coordinator.

SPCA Albrecht and Aiken County Animal Shelter are participating in the Bissell Pet Foundation’s National Adoption Appeal, Empty the Shelters event. The SPCA is at capacity with 200 animals, which Gainey says is preventing owners from visiting. The executive director said any loving home, owned or rented, will work. Just fill out an application, get matched, and be patient.

“I encourage you to give them time,” Gainey said. “The way animals act in a shelter environment is not always the way they will act in a home and vice versa. They will be scared at first.

And there is a lot of love for everyone. Lars has been at the SPCA for almost a year. Oreo and many cats also want families. At the animal shelter, Lex needs a home with 3-year-old Deuce.

“They are really healthy animals. They are fixed. They are microchipped. They are vaccinated. They’re ready for home, Cagle told us.

Adoption fees for many pets at the SPCA and Aiken County Animal Shelter are waived for the week. Gainey said adult cats and large adult dogs fall into the waived fee category. Kittens are $25 and puppies and small dogs are half price. You can find more information here.

Cagle said the animal shelter is actually participating in Pick Me SC this week until July 17. Empty the Shelters begins July 18 and ends July 30. You can find more information via FOTAS here.

Photojournalist: Gary Hipps