Animal Shelter Overcrowded

By: Sean Lavin Email
By: Sean Lavin Email

Overcrowding in Thomasville's Humane Society is now so severe officials are offering free pizzas to anybody who will adopt a new pet.

Kim Arrington of Thomasville's Humane Society wants a Boxer-mix puppy to be adopted.

"He doesn't have a name," she said. "He needs a name."

The puppy needs a new home, too.

"She's not the only one," Arrington said. "We have about 100 puppies, anywhere from Chihuahua mix to German Shepherd and Boxer-mixes."

Add to that the almost 200 adult dogs and 300 cats, and it's easy to see why Thomasville's humane society is overflowing with animals.

"It's been raining cats and dogs around here, though it's not raining anywhere else," Arrington said.

So many new puppies and kittens are popping up in Thomasville the shelter is finding foster families to temporarily house animals.

"We've got kittens by the dozen coming in every day," said Heidy Drawdy, a foster mom for the pets. "It's not just one or two, it's by the dozen."

She's housing more than 20 kittens in her business because of the booming birthrate.

But there's a limited number of foster homes. And since not enough animals are spayed or neutered, not all of them find a home.

"Unfortunately, we do get attached from day one," Arrington said. "And it's real hard on us to humanely euthanize them. It's very heart breaking to us. It's very emotional when we have to do that."

Officials are hosting an adopt-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in hopes of finding homes for as many animals as possible.

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