(BEDFORD) - The White River Humane Society say their numbers of are up and adoptions are down. A total of 2,064 dogs and cats were brought to the shelter in 2011.
Nearly 300 of the pets were reclaimed by their owners and 85 dogs were taken to other shelters. Only 406 animals were adopted.
The shelter is a pro-life shelter, but still must euthanize animals that don't find homes. According to Board Secretary Melissa Kissinger, more owners are abandoning their pets.
Many can't afford to keep their pets or pay the $50 drop off fee so they are just dumping the animals. She says money problems may be why adoptions are down and numbers are up and a large number of kittens and puppies are being dumped. Those numbers reflex that people are not spaying and neutering their pets.
Shelter Director Jamie Wires said the shelter is at its maximum capacity. The shelter welcomes volunteers and donations and depends on community support.
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