When the DuPage County Animal Care and Control in Wheaton, Illinois gets bogged down with animals, they may have about 50 animals. That total includes canines, felines and rabbits. The shelter employees and volunteers work ceaselessly in order to get the animals in their care into forever homes. It really bothers all of the people associated with DCACC to see that many animals without a home.
So how would the locals feel if they had 289 animals in house like the Wake County Animal Shelter out of Raleigh, North Carolina is currently accommodating. It must be heartbreaking to witness each and every cage filled to capacity. Since they are a county shelter, when more and more animals enter their threshold, some of the animals that have been there the longest are at risk of being euthanized.
Thankfully, residents of DuPage County go to the local area shelters and rescues for a companion animal to join their family. Unfortunately that dedication is not present throughout the entire United States; animals in other parts of our country are in great danger.
Upon searching Wake County’s website, it was completely unbelievable to see just how many Pitbull Terriers may not have the opportunity to make life a reality! You have to wonder how someone could relinquish puppies or kittens that are a mere few days old? Just looking at their sweet little faces could bring most animal lovers to their knees!
There have been so many owner surrenders during the last few years of this economic crisis. In certain areas of the country, the owner surrenders are still at an all-time high. This North Carolina shelter in particular can have up to 40 animals per day relinquished. Forty animals per day! That is completely unacceptable!
The only way that a shelter filled to capacity can even consider accepting more animals is that they have a great group of foster parents stepping in to ensure at least some of the animals a few more days. As the weather heats up, even more animals are at risk of entering the shelter because they are located on the streets as strays. How very sad a circumstance that is!
Dogs, being the most adoptable companion animal are allowed to stay the longest. Once more and more animals are introduced to the shelter, the length of stay tends to become an issue.
Where each dog in the DuPage area is either spayed or neutered, has been vetted and microchipped, not all of our country’s shelters offer the same benefits. Although they have lower adoption fees, the spaying or neutering is then an additional charge. It is uncertain if the spaying or neutering is required. If not, the recurring issue continues.
We really need to figure out how to help our country’s shelters and rescues and those animals that end up alone and homeless. Let’s all work together in order to assist shelters like Wake County find their loving animals a forever home!