Shelters Seeing More Homeless Animals

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

At just two days old these pups are among a number who have new life, but no home.

Mgr. Lynne Jones of The Ozark-Dale Co. Humane Society says, "We’ve had several animals left at the door or just put over the fence."
Manager at Ozark-Dale County Humane Society, Lynne Jones has seen the number triple for homeless animals.

Christmas adoptions are a strong time when animals find a new home, seeing about 20 around the holidays, but this year, only six pets were adopted.

For the past couple of years the humane society has seen a significant growth in the amount of animals coming in needing adoption, currently they have about 50 animals but only have around 22 kennels to house them.

Jones says, "We only have so much room and we do the best we can and we do the best we can for as many as we can."

Like Popeye here, who has lost his left eye and his owner.

For pets like him, they're waiting patiently to find a permanent home.

But in the meantime, volunteers like Al Schultz are finding ways to help the humane society.

He says, "They're helping the whole community out, saves money, saves them money for buying dogs and you can probably get or just as good or better dogs here than you can from a pet shop or somewhere else."

Jones says though times are tough and money is few and far between, one positive outcome is the amount of volunteers willing to donate their time.

And for her, that's one step closer to the solution.

Jones says she sees it taking another year before the shelter gets back to normal capacity.

If you would like to help call the Humane Society at 774-7387.


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  • by sabrina Location: ozark on Jan 13, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    This is so sad for these poor animals, that is why you should spay or neuter you pet, I don't think much of breeders because of theyre are millions of animals that get euthanized every year because of people not getting their animals fixed, I wouldn't have the heart knowing how many is in shelters right now needing a home, and your are right rescued pets are forever appreciative towards you, I wish I could have my own shelter to help out these poor animals, they just need someone to love them, they have feelings too
  • by claudia Location: ozark on Jan 12, 2009 at 09:38 PM
    so true - rescue animals make wonderful pets - we have a little rescue dog who is about 5 yrs old with a crippled leg - she seems so grateful to us that we saved her - older animals are usually house broken & have more love to give to those of us who need that - Ozark-Dale county humane society does great work - they have a thrift shop - so, folks need to check it out and donations are always welcome - I think the most important thing for pet owners is this - get your pet spayed
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