Shelters Say They Have No Choice But To Euthanize
ALACHUA COUNTY-- One dog and ten kittens were euthanized today and that number only seems to be rising.
Shelters and rescues around Alachua county held an emergency meeting today to discuss what can be done.
The shelter and all the rescues in Alachua county are at capacity.
Summer months seem to be when the cat population fluctuates dramatically.
The euthanasia rate in Alachua county is up over 50% since last summer.
At the meeting they discussed possible ways to make the public aware of this problem including public service announcements, kitty prep kits, or diversion plans to get the owner to keep the pet or at least foster them until they're old enough to be adopted.
Many animals brought into the shelter are too young to be adopted out and bringing them to the shelter could mean a death warrant.
Maddies pet adoption days the end of last month was very successful but that doesn't mean every animal found a home.
(Jeannette Peters, Our Project Community Leader) "we were so lucky the community stepped up and adopted over 860 cats in over two days but the next day all of the shelters were full again."
Rescues around the county are trying to take in as many animals on the euthanasia list everyday but that's no longer an option.
(Jeannette Peters, Our Project Community Leader) "there used to be enough wiggle room in the shelters, that they'd be able to hold onto the animal until the rescue group could take them but now every where's full and the animals just keep coming."
The organizations are asking that if people do find kittens on the street to leave them there because the mother may be nearby.
The shelter does not know yet how many animals will be euthanized Friday.
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