Animal Shelter Must Lower its Numbers

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Despite a successful pet adopt-a-thon this past weekend, the Jefferson County Humane Society still has too many animals. And if it's still that way by the end of the week, the shelter will have no choice but to put some animals down.

Unfortunately, people outside the shelter can't give the animals the same kind of care they are currently receiving, which is how many of the pets ended up here. That's also the same reason they can't stay.

A shelter spokeswoman said, "The main problem is the economy. People can't pay for gas and groceries, so our donations are down considerably."

Currently the shelter has about 20 animals too many and with a decrease in staff, there has to be a decrease in animals too. "We're going from four employees to one and that one person has to be able to take care of whatever animals we have here, so you can't take care of a hundred animals by yourself." said the spokeswoman for the shelter.

The Jefferson County Humane Society says it needs to have its numbers down by the end of this week--no matter what. The humane society in Jefferson County says you don't need much to adopt a pet--just a loving home.

The humane society is hoping to adopt out all 20 animals needed to get their numbers down, but if the shelter is still over capacity by the end of the week, some of the animals will have to be put to sleep. However, the staff is trying to find other local shelters to help them with their surplus. To find out more information, you can call the Jefferson County Humane Society at 850-342-0244.

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  • by Lynn Location: Quincy on Sep 19, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    Why not use volunteer help, Jefferson had three of the best but they kicked them out a while back because they stuck up for the animals and voiced their opinions. I'm sure there are people who would like to help the animals. In the past I have adopted two dogs and would have taken two black pups that the Director herself put down unnecesarily.
  • by Pet Owner Location: Tally on Sep 17, 2008 at 07:05 AM
    I just wanted to say that I have adopted 2 dogs from there. I live in Tallahassee and when I adopted the first dog, a female puppy that they had named Lambert I found that she needed a companion and we went back and adopted a 1 1/2 year old male, Sampson. Both of these dogs are wonderful, I haven't had a bit of trouble from either. Maybe anyone else that is looking will consider them. Both dogs are heart worm negative, friendly, and a joy to have.
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