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Overwhelmed no-kill Lodi animal shelter pleads with public to stop dumping animals

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LODI, Calif. (KTXL) — The Animal Friends Connection Humane Society in Lodi is pleading with the public to stop leaving kittens at their doorstep as they’re at capability.

Patricia Sherman has been caring for animals for greater than 30 years, and he or she is the president and co-founder of the AFC.

“I wish they each had a home with somebody — a lap to sit on all the time,” Sherman informed FOX40. “It’s just the fact that we’re saving lives, their beautiful little lives.”

Sherman mentioned the unlawful dumping of animals has lengthy been an issue, nevertheless it reached an all-time excessive prior to now yr. 

“They’ve left them on this backdoor, they’ve left them in our driveway,” Sherman mentioned. “They leave them at the bottom of the walkway.” 

An indication outdoors warns folks it’s unlawful to dump animals there, however the shelter mentioned 10 new kittens have been dumped there in simply the final week. 

“We’ve had over 90 cats and kittens dumped on us this year,” Sherman mentioned. 

She mentioned she believes persons are leaving the animals at AFC as a result of they’re a no-kill shelter. But since they’re at capability, Sherman mentioned they may have to begin turning them over to metropolis shelters — and a few of these do euthanize.

“Please don’t continue to dump these animals, these beautiful animals on us,” Sherman pleaded. “We just can not afford to care for him anymore. I mean, we don’t have the resources.” 

Besides house, Sherman mentioned it takes money and time — which they don’t have — to look after them. Donations are down 50% to 70%. 

“We need money to help care for all the cats and kittens that had been dumped on us this year,” Sherman mentioned. “We are running out of funds, we don’t have any. We have no source of income without donations.” 

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