The Henderson Animal Shelter is approaching capacity

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Henderson Animal Shelter is looking to find forever homes for some pets after reaching near capacity.

The spread of a contagious respiratory disease recently caused the Animal Foundation to halt many dog ​​adoptions and admissions, putting a strain on other organizations, including the Henderson Animal Shelter in the Valley.

8 News Now spoke with Nancy and Art Lehr inside the Henderson Animal Care and Control Facility. They said they were looking to adopt a companion for their dog Rocky.

“We really want to encourage and God bless these people,” Nancy said.

Danielle Harney, the animal control administrator, gave 8 News Now a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.

She said they were experiencing heavy consumption and were running out of space quickly.

“With school and everyone going back to work, so many people don’t have time to care for animals. We’re also seeing COVID returns, people coming in and out of Vegas,” Harney said. .

The small staff facility near Boulder Highway and the Galleria is home to a variety of dogs of all ages, as well as cats, fish, rabbits, roosters and even Benedict the pig, all looking for forever homes. .

“Because we are the only municipal shelter in Henderson, you must be a local resident to return a pet. We require proof of identity. However, our adoptions are open to anyone,” Harney added.

Harney said they were doing around 30 adoptions a week, but that still wasn’t enough to keep up. Safety measures are being fully enforced, she said, to prevent the spread of a virus and help people find the perfect pet.