Shelter Says Owners Should Fix Pets

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

In the last week, 187 puppies and kittens have been dropped off at the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society.

Add those to the dogs and cats that were already there and the shelter has now reached capacity.

Shelter officials are trying to find homes for these new pets while bracing for even more four-legged friends to come.

Humane Society officials say this influx of puppies and kittens in Warren County could have been prevented.

"One thing that we always tell people is that more space is not the issue. We have to get the point across that people have to spay or neuter their pets," said Lori Hare, Executive Director of the Humane Society.

Hare said some pets aren't spayed or neutered because their owners feel not fixing one cat or dog won't make a big difference. Its an idea she said is dead wrong.

"The short ratio of this is one cat and her offspring within seven years can produce 450,000 kittens and that just continues to get worse year after year. So one really does make a difference," Hare said.

Hare said that while the Humane Society is feeling the brunt of so many animals, she is grateful that they are being brought to the shelter.

All animals sent to the shelter are spayed or neutered before being adopted by someone.

With almost 200 animals being dropped off in the past week, Hare said she's worried about how many more unwanted pets the shelter will get before the end of summer.

"May and June are our heaviest intake months of the entire year, so having the last week that we've had makes is very, very scary of what to expect. The last month has been higher than the last eight years I've been involved," Hare said.

Hare also said the shelter is trying to find homes for these unwanted animals, but its up to pet owners to do their part as well.

"The harsh reality is there are too many animals and not enough homes," Hare said.

The Humane Society will be sponsoring a 5K fund-raising walk on Saturday, April 21, 2007, with proceeds from the event going to the animal shelter.

For more information on having your pet spay or neutered, click here, or to learn more about the Humane Society, call 270-783-9404.

To adopt a cat or dog, visit www.petfinder.com.


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