ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — We’ve heard it multiple times this summer from animal shelters and humane societies: they’re overcrowded and full.
A shelter in Anderson is seeing the same thing. The Animal Protection League took in 232 animals in just the last three weeks.
They say they’re not only getting in pregnant cats, but they’re also seeing an increase in surrendered animals, or even animals that have just been left somewhere.
Executive Director Maleah Stringer says on a typical day, their city shelter will take in around ten animals. One day last week, she says they took in more than 30.
“Right now every cage is full. We literally don’t have anywhere to put more, and more will come in today,” said Stringer.
She said they’ve had to move out a futon used to sit on while petting cats, simply to put more cages for them.
They’ve got dogs in the lobby, cages stacked in other rooms, in a bathroom, and in a room meant for people to meet and greet animals.
“If you go any shelter, you’ll find the same problems. It’s across the country,” said Stringer.
“We’re trying to get fosters, calling rescues, our prison program is full, so we’re really struggling to find places for the animals to go,” she added.
There are currently 325 cats and 70 dogs in the shelter and that number changes by the minute.
“Lots of kittens. They bring them in in boxes, baskets, some are dead, some are sick,” explained Stringer.
She says they’re getting the animals brought to them for all different reasons.
“We’ve taken in over 300 cats. Sometimes people are moving, and don’t find homes or apartments that allow cats, some people don’t want them anymore,” she said. “One dog was left at a high school with a bag of food. It took three days to catch him.”
It’s a seemingly never-ending cycle.
“It’s about responsibility. It’s about commitment,” Stringer said.
“I think a very vigorous spay and neuter program with affordable prices. I think accountability for owners who do not treat their animals well,” said Stringer. “We need a change in state and city ordinances.”
“Until we start taking this seriously, this is what we’ve got and it’s not going to get any better,” Stringer added.
“They don’t have a voice, and it’s our responsibility to care for them,” Stringer told 24-Hour News 8.
The Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic Inc in Noblesville and Brownsburg is now offering a low cost transport program from the Animal Protection League in Anderson.
They expanded the transport program beginning this past spring. They’re now bringing in a lot of animals from underserved communities, like Clinton, Tippecanoe, Delaware, Hancock, Boone, etc.
In October 2013, Madison County commissioners passed an ordinance that imposed tougher penalties for all animal owners.