After taking in over 1,800 homeless dogs in just a month, Fulton and DeKalb County Animal Services are in dire need of fosters and adopters as there is a serious issue of overcrowding at the shelters.
Considering there are literally hundreds of thousands of abandoned/homeless/stray animals all over city-streets around the world, it does make sense to adopt or foster a pet rather than to buy one at the pet store. Animals that are found in pet stores are constantly being bred, thereby continuously increasing their population in a world that's already filled with so many lovable animals to care for.
In fact, you may notice several animal shelters that are always requesting people to foster or adopt pets due to a large number of homeless animals at their care-centers. Most shelters aren't built to house so many animals, and that is exactly the crisis at two animal shelters in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Fulton and DeKalb County Animal Services told The Dodo in the month of July (2019) alone, they have taken in a total of 1,804 animals at both shelters. Last year around the same time, they said that they took in 1,500 animals, which was already an alarmingly high number.
So currently, they are holding over 300-400 animals in excess, and it is causing them several problems with regards to management and overcrowding.
“Last July, we took in 1,500 total animals at the shelters which is already a high number,” Karen Hirsch, public relations director for LifeLine Animal Project, which managers the Fulton and DeKalb County Animal Services, told the publication. “This July 2019, we took in a total of 1,804 at both shelters, so we are up 304 animals which puts a tremendous strain on the shelters.”
The animal shelters have confirmed that each kennel in their premises is holding up to 4 or even 5 dogs. These are kennels meant for one or two animals at max, mind you! Though the dogs are adjusting well to their temporary crowded home by cuddling and warming each other up. “When things are stressful because of high intake, the dogs are more easily triggered and more fights happen,” Hirsch said.
"When that happens we will try a different arrangement, and if it is one dog causing all the fights, he will be housed alone but may become urgent due to lack of space."
Going statistically, July and August have always been the months where there has been a massive intake of abandoned, homeless or stray animals into the shelter. "We are unable to pinpoint any reasons other than the usual," Hirsch said, "roaming dogs who are lost or got out of their fence; cats and dogs that aren't fixed are having unwanted litters of puppies and kittens who end up at our shelter, and people giving up their pets.”
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So in order to solve this crisis, the shelters have put out messages on social media calling for emergency foster homes and individuals in Atlanta area to come forth and help. Both the shelters have announced that they will provide all volunteers who might be able to foster or adopt the animals with a starter pack of food, a dog crate and any specific supplies they may require.
Of course, mostly there have only been foster volunteers coming forward, so these dogs are still looking for a permanent home. "With intake on the rise, we need you, our community, to help save our city's animals," Fulton County Animal Services wrote on Facebook. "If you can foster for two days, two weeks, or even two months, please sign up."
If you or someone you know might be interested in adding a new doggo to your family, the shelters have also confirmed that they will be waiving any adoption fees for a week in August for a 'Clear the Shelters' event.
Those living in the Atlanta area can easily sign up to foster a pet on the LifeLine Animal Project site.