Pet adoption shelter battling pandemic-related issues

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — During the pandemic, many pet lovers that spent most of their time cooped up at home adopted furry friends.

Now, as the world shifted back to normalcy, more people are returning to work, or may not have the finances or time to take care of a pet — which is putting a strain on shelters.

“We work really close with the animal shelter and they have told me themselves that in over 20 years they have never seen it this bad,” said Joy Parkman, manager of the Wiregrass Humane Society. “The return rate in shelters is at an all-time high. Then you have the issue of not spaying and neutering animals, you have a bunch of strays, you have puppy season and kitten season, and right now all over us, in general, are very overcrowded.”

Right now, the shelter has about 30 dogs and around 40 cats and Parkman says just two months ago they were twice those numbers which typically leads to a problem they never want to come across.

“We have to turn pets every day numerous dozens and dozens whether its emails, phone calls, Facebook, walking in the door sadly we do its always an issue and it’s even worse now,” Parkman said.

But the shelter is offering other resources so pets can have the home they deserve.

Another problem the nonprofit Wiregrass Humane Society is experiencing is not having enough drivers to transport dogs to other shelters for adoption.

Because of the situation, the shelter is only able to do two transports a month.

“People are sick or we had the issue of the staffing at other shelters not having enough staff to take in transports,” She said.

If you would like to adopt a dog or cat, you can visit the Wiregrass Humane Society or give them a call for more information.

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