EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – An area animal shelter said it lacked space for pets in need.
The cause: to see more people abandoning their animals.
The Eau Claire County Humane Association said it typically makes appointments for someone to hand over a pet within two to three weeks.
Right now, that wait time is closer to two months.
At the Eau Claire County Humane Association, staff and volunteers work to care for needy animals in the community. With an increase in the number of abandoned pets, staff members said it was becoming increasingly difficult to do.
“We’re booking surrender dates in mid-December right now, so two months from now at least, and it’s still growing and growing and growing,” said Addie Erdmann, director of marketing and development at ECCHA. “Dog surrenders are specifically reserved for two months.”
Erdmann said she doesn’t think the shelter has ever had so many animal abandonments before.
“Right now we have at least one surrender date every day,” Erdmann said. “Most days we have two to three. Cats, dogs, just about anything.
According to Erdmann, this trend could be caused by a number of different factors.
“Inflation could be one of them,” Erdmann said. “Not being able to find accommodation in the neighborhood that allows pets. This could be one of them. This has always been a problem we have encountered.
Erdmann said the pandemic could also play a role: “There was also a big boom last year in many different places where people were giving up their animals they adopted during COVID because they were going back to work. , and they’re back to normal hours and things like that.
To address some of these concerns, ECCHA said it is offering services like a free pet pantry. The shelter also has resources to help you find pet-friendly housing options.
Erdmann said there are also ways to help your pet find a new home without going to the shelter, like Rehome by Adopt-A-Pet.
“You can post your own pet there and accept applications while still being able to have your pet comfortable in their own home,” Erdmann said.
As they see a greater need in the community, Erdmann said ECCHA can always use more donations, volunteers and foster families.
While Erdmann hopes pet owners won’t have to return their pets, she said if you have to make that decision, let ECCHA know as soon as possible.
At this time, the shelter does not have space to accommodate pets abandoned on short notice.
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