Have you recently had a missing pet?
Cumberland County Animal Shelter may have it.
Andrea Gaskins, director of the shelter, said they receive many dogs and cats that have been picked up by animal officers or the public and brought to the shelter as strays. Often the animals seem well cared for and some have collars.
“Unfortunately, very few animals that enter the shelter are picked up by an owner,” Gaskins said. “Very few owners seem to think to check with us if their pet is here.”
While adoptable pets at the shelter can be viewed on Petfinder.com, Gaskins said that’s only for pets that can be adopted, that is, after the period expires. wandering detention. Animals that have recently disappeared will probably not be on the site.
“Please call or drop by to be sure,” she said.
These missing animals take shelter capacity, making it difficult to serve other animals that need shelter. Gaskins said the shelter has been overcrowded in recent weeks due to fewer transports, fewer adoptions and fewer rescued animals.
“Transportation is our primary resource for placing animals,” Gaskins said.
In recent years, the shelter has transported animals to shelters in northern states 2-4 times a month. Now they can only have one transport per month.
“Our northern rescue partners seem to be having the same issues – adoptions are down significantly,” Gaskins said.
This could be down to the economy as people put off the expense of bringing a new pet into their home, she said.
Puppy and kitten season adds to the strain, when the shelter often sees an influx of litters of pets that haven’t been spayed or neutered.
“The cost of sterilization has increased dramatically over the past few years and given the current economy and shortages, I expect that to continue,” Gaskins said.
This increased cost also drives up the cost of adoptions.
The shelter has achieved a very low euthanasia rate — less than 10% — but limited space could result in some animals being euthanized, the shelter said in a Facebook post last week.
Rescuers and people with space and time to shelter are encouraged to contact the shelter, Gaskins said. They ask host families to fill out an application. Since the message from the shelter last week, Gaskins said she has received several calls about fostering animals, but so far only one request.
“I still hope there will be more,” she said.
Anyone interested in adopting or fostering a pet can contact the shelter at 931-484-8525 or email [email protected] The shelter, at 782 East Lane, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.