GREENFIELD — Earlier this week, issues had been wanting dire for Greenfield-Hancock County Animal Management. The division’s shelter, a short lived space it’s utilizing whereas its new headquarters is constructed, was bursting on the seams. Hoping to get some help from the community, employees wrote a plea for help.
“Help us help these animals that have been neglected, surrendered or turned loose,” the division wrote in a put up that it shared on its web site and on Facebook. “They deserve better than to live in a shelter. We are a temporary house for them but you are their and our last hope.”
Animal management director Amanda Dehoney stated she was nervous the division must begin euthanizing animals for space causes, one thing they haven’t completed within the six years she’s held the job. Once animal management’s new constructing is open, they’ll have loads of space, however that gained’t occur for a couple of extra months.
“Since we are in this new building, we’re not getting adoptions like we used to,” Dehoney stated. “We hardly even get people coming in like we used to.”
Since posting the plea for help on social media, animal management acquired many responses from folks excited by adopting and has had extra guests on the shelter, positioned at 2195 W. U.S. 40, to fulfill their animals. They had been ready
to lower the variety of canines within the shelter from 20 to 12.
However, the difficulty of space stays till the division can transfer into its everlasting house.
Dehoney stated the division hasn’t seen a significant inflow in animal surrenders in comparison with different intervals, however they’ve seen fewer adoptions. That could also be because of the momentary shelter’s location farther from the middle of Greenfield. The division can be brief-staffed and seeking to rent two new folks proper now, so there’s lots of work for the staff.
“Even with cats, and for dogs right now, we have a wait list of people who want to bring them in, but we have literally no space right now, so it’s making it really difficult,” she stated.
Many animal rescues could be selective about what animals they soak up, however the metropolis/county animal management agency doesn’t have that luxurious. As a municipal division, it has to soak up animals which can be surrendered by their house owners in addition to responding to calls about strays and potential animal abuse.
That’s led to overcrowding on the smaller facility the division is utilizing whereas its new headquarters is constructed. When employees put out the plea for help, they had been housing 20 cats in addition to the 20 canines. The shelter can’t flip animals away when it reaches capability, or reject animals it doesn’t have the capability to care for. Recently, a pig that had gotten unfastened was briefly held in a canine kennel till it could possibly be returned to its proprietor.
As of Wednesday, Nov. 17, the shelter was housing 22 cats and 12 canines. Dehoney stated that’s approaching the utmost variety of cats they will maintain, they usually’d prefer to get all the way down to 9 canines for shelter employees to not be overworked.
Many of the animals on the shelter had been surrendered by their house owners, and the bulk have been on the facility for a number of months.
“We anticipated space being an issue, because we knew we were losing a lot of space coming into the new building,” Dehoney stated. “We just didn’t know that our adoptions were also going to drop down so hard, and that’s what’s really affected us, is just not getting people in, so dogs are staying longer, and that’s what the big issue is.”
There are different points, too, Dehoney stated: Other animal rescues that take canines from the shelter are additionally full proper now, or don’t wish to tackle canines with particular wants. There’s additionally a brand new state legislation that requires pets to be spayed or neutered earlier than being adopted out, which has been tough for animal management as a result of veterinarians within the space have restricted availability. To get animals their operations, they’ve transported them as far-off as Lafayette. They’re additionally caring for a number of kittens too younger to be adopted.
Dehoney stated animal management ought to be the final resort for individuals who can now not care for their pets.
“What we recommend is always reaching out to family members and friends first to see if anyone can take the animal for you, listing it on your Facebook page,” she stated. “…I don’t think a lot of people realize that when you bring an animal in here, they’re not the same animal they were at home. They’re stressed, this is a very stressful environment, they have all these other dogs, they have people walking by them constantly. They’re not showing their best behavior, which makes it even harder for them to get adopted.”
Animal management’s new constructing is slated to be open in March or April 2022. It could have the capability to accommodate many extra animals, with 12,900 sq. ft and and a horse barn.
Adopting a pet
Adoption charges when bringing house a pet from Animal Management are $25, and all pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, dewormed and microchipped.
“You’re getting a ready-to-go pet, no medical needed, for $25,” Dehoney stated.
Pet house owners wanting so as to add one other member to their household can deliver of their canines to fulfill the adoptable canines and see how they get alongside. Cat house owners wanting so as to add a canine to their family can have a potential canine meet with animal management’s workplace cat to see how they work together.
Animal management staffer Megan Manship stated an animal that seems withdrawn and even aggressive on the shelter could be a nice pet as soon as it’s now not in that surroundings.
“It’s really important to ask the staff, to let us know what their home situation is like so that we can match them with a good dog,” Manship stated. “A lot of times, who they are in their kennel doesn’t really portray who they are as dogs.”