PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) – The Borough of Matanuska-Susitna Animal Shelter will be hosting a mass adoption event this weekend because they are overcapacitated with animals.
On June 3, the shelter announced in a social media post that it would lock down its overnight kennels and no longer accept surrenders from owners. The shelter is at capacity and the post encouraged people to use other resources if they were planning on surrounding an animal.
The director of the shelter, Chris Loscar, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday that economic factors are a main reason for the increase in the number of abandoned animals, because people cannot afford to buy food and basic veterinary care. As of Tuesday afternoon, 237 animals were housed at the facility, which is why he plans to hold a mass adoption event on Saturday starting at 12 p.m.
The Mat-Su Animal Shelter last held such an event in January, when shelters across the country participated in the Betty White Challenge after the beloved actor and animal advocate passed away. Shelter director Jamie Kennedy said the Mat-Su community has taken the opportunity during this time and hopes it will start again.
“You have overwhelmed us with love,” Kennedy said in a social media post on Sunday. “So we really hope that this Saturday at noon we feel the same kind of love and that the animals here can go to forever homes.”
The facility will open its doors to the public on Saturday with an adoption fee set at “name your price”.
An additional post also announced that the shelter would no longer require appointments on Saturdays and Sundays in the future, and would revert to a walk-in operation on those days. Appointments will still be required on weekdays.
If community members want to help but can’t adopt an animal, Loscar said the shelter is also looking for food donations to redistribute to people who need help feeding their pets. The shelter accepts new bags, as well as open bags of pet food. Loscar said one of the best ways for individuals to keep shelters from being overwhelmed with animals is to make sure a pet is spayed or spayed.
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