Warren County Animal Shelter Faces More Overcrowding

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

A few months ago we told you about the Bowling Green-Warren County Animal Shelter's struggle to keep up with the influx of dogs and cats.

Now, according to shelter officials its overcrowding problem has gotten worse.

Executive Director Lorri Hare says in the past month cats and kittens have been coming to the shelter in large numbers.

Jessica Sealey is having a hard time choosing a kitten to take home because they're so many.

"I'm looking at the most playful ones. The two most playful ones," the 12-year-old exclaims.

But the new companion isn't for her.

"Well its not me that wants to adopt one. Its my grandparents, so they can have one outside in their backyard," says Sealey.

But people like Jessica are few and far between and the center is feeling the brunt of having too many felines and not enough room to house them.

The Bowling Green- Warren County Animal Shelter can hold up to 80 cats comfortably, but now those numbers are being severely stretched.

"We had 69 brought in one day last week. So where normally we'd have 1 or 2 cats and kittens, we have 3 or 4 cats or kittens, trying to save as many as we can," says Shelter Director Lorri Hare.

The Bowling Green-Warren County Adoption Center has one of the highest adoption rates in the state.

Unfortunately, it also has one of the highest euthanization rates.

In one month alone, the shelter has had to euthanize 400 cats.

"You're left with the choice of which ones get to stay and which ones have to go. That's probably the hardest part of this job is making that decision," acknowledges Hare.

The Animal Shelter's Lorri Hare says the job of housing extra pets has become even harder with the Bowling Green City Commission voting not to increase the center's funding.

Instead of getting the additional money to pay for spaying and neutering, they have to dip into the general funds to cover those expenses.

Sealey has 2 kittens in mind to take home.

The shelter will now have two less residents... but Sealey's just thrilled to take them home.

"I'm very happy. I wanted a kitten as much as I've had one at my house that I've had for a long time," says Sealey.

Hare also wants to remind pet owners to register their animals for their upcoming year.

The shelter is the only place you can register your pet.

For information on adoption or licensing, call the Bowling Green- Warren County Animal Shelter at (270) 783-9404.

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