Overcrowding means Louisville Metro Animal Services may have to start euthanizing animals | New

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Metro Animal Services said its shelter is running out of space, and leaders there fear it will be a “no-kill” shelter much longer.

A “wall of fame” at the shelter showcases animals that have found homes. But in less than a week, more than 60 dogs were brought to the shelter, making the space so crowded they had to start keeping dogs in the hallways.

“It’s just wild,” said LMAS Acting Director Ashley Book. “I don’t know where they come from.”

It’s a troubling development for the shelter, which has had a “no-kill” status for the past five years.

“We’re very scared of losing this,” Book said.

She said the shelter may have to start euthanasia again to make room.

“The thought of having to choose a dog to be humanely euthanized because there is no room for an inbound stay is heartbreaking,” she said. “We don’t want to be there.”

Over the past year, the Newburg Road shelter has seen an almost uninterrupted influx, welcoming more than 1,000 additional pets compared to the same period last year.

“We’re still so fresh out of the pandemic that I think it’s probably going to be two or three years before we can really figure out why we’re seeing this influx,” Book said.

In a desperate plea for help, Book is now asking the community to help clean up the shelter. The shelter and the city are teaming up to ask for more adoptions, foster families, volunteers and donations.

Currently, there are over 65 dogs ready for adoption.

“Big dogs are usually the ones that get overlooked for adoption and overlooked for foster families,” Book said.

LMAS has waived all pet adoption and recovery fees. Walk-ins are welcome at the Animal House Adoption Center on Newburg Road.

All animals are neutered or neutered, microchipped and up to date with vaccinations. Anyone who brings home a large dog will also receive a free crate.

You can also volunteer to foster an animal.

To see adoptable pets, click here.

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