Animal shelters in Northern Colorado are facing a crunch with more animals coming in and fewer people adopting them, the Animal Friends Alliance, the Humane Society of Weld County and the Larimer Humane Society announced Thursday in a news release.
The shelters collectively have more than 100 animals that are waiting to be adopted. According to the news release, shelters across the country are near or at capacity.
“The scope of the current need is overwhelming,” Animal Friends Alliance executive director Sarah Swanty said in a prepared statement.
According to the news release, the surrender rate for pets, especially dogs, is outpacing the adoption rate, and animals are staying in shelters for longer.
The shelters are asking the community to help by adopting or foster an animal, or donating to their local shelter.
“This is a problem our communities can help us solve,” said Nicholas Gilman, executive director of Humane Society of Weld County, in a prepared statement. “Please help us by participating in our adoption, foster or donor programs so that our programs can reach the most animals.”
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