Animal Shelter Swamped, Needs Public's Help
by: Bill Stamps, February 27, 2012 5:02:00 pm
When Charles Jackson walks down a row of cages at BARC, dogs that were previously sitting quiet, suddenly spring to life and begin to bark as loud as they can.
Jackson says many of these strays might not have made it through the winter in a normal year due to lack of water. But this winter, the rain has fallen steadily and not only are more stray dogs alive, they’re also mating — resulting in more puppies. Unfortunately, most of them eventually end up here.
"Normally during the winter time, you’ll see a decrease in the number of puppies that are brought to your shelter, but due to the warmer weather and access to water and food, we’re seeing an increase in the number of puppies."
Jackson is the shelter manager at BARC. He says the facility was made to hold about 550 dogs and cats. Lately, they’ve been housing and feeding around 650.
"Now we’re at the crises level. It's beyond just please come help. Now it's we absolutely need some help here."
BARC made a plea over the weekend to the public. They slashed adoption prices for dogs from $75 to just $20. Ten for a cat.
"Whenever you operate over your max capacity, you start running into problems with disease control. You start running into problems with not being able to address the medical needs of each and every animal. We are an euthanasia shelter, and so after a certain amount of time, yes animals will be euthanized. It’s something that we take seriously. It’s not something that we want to do. We want to find homes for healthy adoptable animals, and so that’s why we sent out the plea."
More than a 100 people adopted a pet, but more than a 100 new animals also came in.
In a three-day-span last month, BARC took in 250 animals. Finding homes for them is taking much longer.