(WSYR-TV) — All the canine kennels on the Finger Lakes SPCA are full.
“Back when COVID hit, a lot of people came in, wanted to adopt animals because they were in their home they wanted some company,” stated Thomas Adessa who works as Humane Law Enforcement Officer for the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY. “So now that we’re getting back to our normal lives, some people brought the animals back in, they surrender them.”
Another motive is a rise in animal cruelty circumstances.
“We have to take the animals in, process them, feed them, house them. The cases, and the courts are sometimes backlogged and sometimes these cases are seven, eight, nine months before their adjudicated,” Adessa defined.
The overcrowding isn’t simply a problem at Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY. It’s widespread. Many different shelters across Central New York are additionally experiencing the identical factor.
“We are pretty much capped out,” stated Stefanie Heath a board member with advocacy group Cuse Pit Crew. “When that starts to happen, as much as people don’t want to have to think that way, what are the options? What are shelters to do at that point? And euthanasia is always going to be a last resort.”
If adoption isn’t a superb match, you too can foster. Shelters additionally want volunteers to assist with strolling and interacting with the canines. If you need assistance with meals there are pet meals pantries. You’re additionally inspired to spay and neuter your pets and there are assets accessible to assist offset the prices of that.
Friends of Animals has a certificates program to assist with spay/neuter prices: https://friendsofanimals.org/get-a-certificate/
Pet meals pantries:
Hardeko Helping Paws: (315) 410-1278
The Kia Foundation, Inc. Pet Thrift Store & Pet Food Pantry
2546 James Street Syracuse, NY 13206