Animal shelter seeing influx of animals

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 7, 2017

The Andalusia Animal Shelter is having an influx of animals, officials said Thursday.

Christin Ball, coordinator, said that the warm weather always brings more animals into the shelter.

“We are having a huge influx of intakes thanks to the warmer weather,” she said. “Everything is coming out of hiding and having litter upon litter of animals. All of which are being brought in.”

On Thursday, Ball said they had five kittens, 10 puppies and 15 dogs over a year.

“Tomorrow will be that many more coming in,” she said. “I don’t think people quite realize how significant a number of intakes we actually deal with daily here. It’s nothing for a normal summer day to intake 10 to 20 dogs and 30 cats.”

Ball said they need more people to donate and sponsor the pets in order to ensure they go to a good home with vetting and the required spaying and neutering done.

“Bringing the price down as far as possible is the only way to get them moved out into an approved home so we can take in more and help them,” she said. “This is not as much a shelter problem as it is a community problem. We do not need pets running at large, being hit on the road ways or carrying disease around from place to place. We as a community must do better. It starts at home and educating the masses on the realities of sheltering and the hardships this it consists of.”

Ball said they want euthanasia to be the last resort and would love to find a great home or A-plus rescue to assist them.

Ball said anyone interested in adopting a pet can send them an email address to receive the necessary pre-adoption forms.

Anyone interested can Facebook message them at Andalusia Animal Shelter or call 222-8705 for more information.