Animal services

Louisville Metro Animal Services asks for community support as shelter exceeds capacity

The Louisville Metro Animal Services is operating at overcapacity and they need more people ready to adopt. “The staff are exhausted and we’re doing everything we can to maintain our No Kill status here at the animal shelter,” said Allen Gerlach, Louisville Metro As some hopeful adopters rally to help, workers say they’re they can’t get more cats and dogs into homes, they’ll have to euthanize them for lack of space for the first time since 2016. “With the last couple of years, it’s really just been a daily struggle,” said Gerlach, “Traditionally with animal shelters, summer is the big time at shelters and everything slows down in the winter, but we couldn’t breathe here in the winter.” Louisville Metro Animal Services took in 388 animals. from October 1 to October 16, 2022. So far this year, 6,578 animals have been brought to the shelter, compared to 5,493 animals during the same period last year. Workers say there are several reasons for the increase, including changes during the pandemic. “Initially the number of adoptions increased, but as everything started to open up, people found they didn’t have time for this animal they had adopted, and their first resort was to ‘bring the animals to the shelter,’ Gerlach said. .LMAS says that because shelters nationwide are grappling with record increases, many animals have nowhere to go. “I can’t ship dogs up north because those shelters are also full,” Gerlach said. LMAS encourages pet owners to ensure their pets are neutered, neutered, microchipped and tagged. . If you can’t adopt, the shelter is also looking for people to foster or volunteer.

The Louisville Metro Animal Services is operating at overcapacity and they need more people ready to adopt.

“The staff is exhausted and we are doing everything we can to maintain our No Kill status here at the animal shelter,” said Allen Gerlach, Louisville Metro Animal Services.

While some hopeful adopters are stepping up to help, workers say if they can’t get more cats and dogs into homes they will have to euthanize them for lack of space for the first time since 2016.

“With the last two years, it’s really just a daily struggle,” Gerlach said, “Traditionally with animal shelters, summer is the big time in shelters and everything slows down in the winter, but we don’t couldn’t breathe here in the winter.”

Louisville Metro Animal Services has welcomed 388 animals from October 1 to October 16, 2022. So far this year, 6,578 animals have been brought to the shelter, compared to 5,493 animals during the same period last year. Workers say there are several reasons for the increase, including changes during the pandemic.

“At first the number of adoptions increased, but as everything started to open up, people found they had no time for the animal they had adopted, and their first resort was to bring the animals to the shelter,” Gerlach said.

LMAS says that because shelters nationwide are grappling with record increases, many animals have nowhere to go.

“I can’t ship dogs up north because those shelters are also full,” Gerlach said.

LMAS encourages pet owners to ensure their pets are spayed, neutered, microchipped and tagged.

If you can’t adopt, the shelter is also looking for people to foster or volunteer.