April 16, 2024

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Jeffersonville Animal Shelter over capacity; adopting, foster ing dogs encouraged | News

JEFFERSONVILLE — The Jeffersonville Animal Shelter is encouraging community members to adopt or foster as it faces an influx in the number of dogs coming into the facility.

The shelter is now over its capacity as it houses about 52 dogs in a 50-kennel facility.

Kristie Ashcraft, operations coordinator at the shelter, said the increase in dog intakes has been an ongoing problem locally and nationally.

The shelter has seen a roughly 10% increase in dog intake since this time last year.

“It just seems like we have so many dogs that come in every single day,” Ashcraft said. “We’ve got strays, owner surrenders and things like that.”

Sarah Green, the director of the Jeffersonville Animal Shelter, said the shelter also has owner surrenders scheduled over the next two months, which is compounding the problem.

The shelter is encouraging those scheduled to surrender their dogs to consider holding onto their pet longer or try rehoming the pet themselves.

The goal is to avoid having to euthanize any dogs, but it is a possibility if the problem is not resolved, according to Green.

“Unfortunately, there’s a limited amount of space, and tough decisions have to be made sometimes if we don’t get the community support,” she said.

“We like to be transparent about that because obviously that’s not something we want to do. Nobody wants to do that.”

The animal shelter posted about the issue on its Facebook page, and it has received a “pretty good response,” Green said. Many community members expressed interest in fostering.

The shelter presented a special event a few weeks ago with waived adoption fees, but the shelter continued to see more dogs coming in.

“It was like we got nine out and we already had dogs waiting for those cages,” Green said. “So it seems like a win and it is, but at the same time, we have animals that are filling those cages right back up.”

The shelter also needs volunteers to help out with tasks such as walking the dogs.

“Beyond the fostering and adopting, it’s really important especially when we get this full that we keep our dogs mentally healthy,” Green said. “Nobody wants to be in a cage all day.”

“That’s a stressful situation, so in order to keep them highly adoptable and keep them mentally healthy, we need people to do dog walking, dog days out,” she said.

Green does not expect the intake of dogs to decrease any time soon.

“There has typically been a shelter downtime before spring hits and everything goes crazy, but the downtime’s not happening,” she said. “I foresee that this will probably be an ongoing issue and we’re just going to have to rely more on the community to help with that.”

Ashcraft notes that many apartment complexes have restrictions that prevent people from adopting larger dogs, and the big dogs are the ones that tend to stay longer at the shelter.

“Puppies, small dogs — those can get adopted pretty quickly, but when you’re talking about 50-pound dogs, they just tend to sit more at the shelter,” she said.

The shelter has many “great dogs that are just sitting here for months and months,” Ashcraft said.