Animal shelters seeing rise in surrender calls

"We just can't take them all. We simply don't have the manpower or the room to care for that many animals."

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — The Houston County Humane Society and The Friends of Perry Animal Shelter have seen an increase in surrender calls recently, and both shelters say they’re full.

Dee Allison, the director and president of the Humane Society of Houston County, says they’re mostly seeing stray animals and owner surrenders. She says owner surrenders are the worst they’ve been in a long time and adds it’s very hard on an animal to go from a loving home to a shelter.

“It’s not too hard to take your dog out to go potty, to feed them, to brush them, to spend some time with them, instead of turning them in here,” she said.

Amanda Johnson , the assistant director for The Friends of Perry Animal Shelter, says they’re in a similar situation.

She says they got about 50 surrender calls this past weekend alone.

“We just can’t take them all,” she said. “We simply don’t have the manpower or the room to care for that many animals.”

Johnson urges people to reach out to friends or family for help if they can’t take care of their animals. She says people should also make sure to spay or neuter their pets. Johnson asks people to be patient with them, because the shelter is run by only two people.

“I know it’s very frustrating when you have an animal that you need help with, and it seems like nobody wants to help you,” she said. “It’s not that we don’t want to. We would love to be able to help every single animal out there, but right now we’re doing all we can, and it feels like a very uphill battle.”

Allison says resources are available for people who need help taking care of their pets.

“If you need food, we have avenues to give some food out if that’s an issue,” she said. “If some of it’s behavioral, we’ll tell how to work with it, suggest a trainer. There’s really other avenues other than throwing up your hands and saying ‘I’m done.'”

If you want to help either shelter:

  • The Humane Society of Houston County:
    • You can find information to donate, volunteer or adopt on their website.
  • The Friends of Perry Animal Shelter:
    • You can find information to donate or adopt on their website.


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