Adoptions are declining, but the number of pets entering shelters is increasing.
(KCTV) MERRIAM, Kan. – In 2022, an increasing number of pets will enter overcrowded shelters, while the number of adoptions will decline.
Staff at the Great Plains SPCA are pleading with community members to adopt, foster, and volunteer so that animals can get out of the shelter.
Adoptions have declined across the country in the third year of the pandemic, according to shelters. The Great Plains SPCA has taken in over 1,000 animals in just 131 days this year.
Tam Singer, the CEO of the Great Plains SPCA, showed KCTV5 News some animals who had been in the shelter for a long time on Thursday.
We have 30 animals here for at least 100 days, Singer added. "That's substantial in terms of the stress and challenges the animals encounter. We have the best shelter in the country, but it is still a shelter. They're still being held in kennels.
Despite having the greatest hearing in town, one dog named Brodie has been at the shelter for more than 200 days, according to Singer.
He is an absolutely loving, devoted, house-trained, great dog, Singer said, but he is only one of many dogs like him.
Smaller dogs are frequently adopted in less than a week, but larger canines are sometimes overlooked and left stressed in a busy shelter.
You can tell it's stressful for them by their body language, Singer added.
The Great Plains SPCA is reaching out to the community to see if anybody is interested in adopting, fostering, or furloughing an animal. Volunteers take a shelter animal home for the night during an animal furlough. Volunteers are also needed to take shelter canines on Dog Day Out visits to local parks.
There are a lot of folks who want to help but don't know how, Singer added. The most effective approach for people to contribute is to volunteer at the shelter. They make excellent pets. All they want is to find their eternal homes.
Due to a drop in adoptions and an increase in animals arriving at the shelter, the Great Plains SPCA is organizing a Zoom call on Tuesday, May 17 at 5 p.m. for anybody interested in learning more about how they can help.