Adopt A Pet: Dozens Saved From Being Put Down

By John W. Davis

June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 18, 2011 at 3:36 AM EDT

BUTLER, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - They don't want to do it, but a local animal shelter may have to put down dozens of animals because of capacity issues.

Indiana's NewsCenter has good news to pass along to you Thursday night.

The Dekalb County Humane Shelter has received dozens of phone calls and more than 15 adoption applications since our story Wednesday night.

"Even last night we got response. We're open until 7 on Wednesdays and then this morning the phone has rang off the hook. We've had people in here non-stop so it's been a great, great response from the public," Dekalb Humane Society Adoption Consultant Julie Isbell.

It appears dozens will be adopted by next week.

If the response continues, no animals will have to be put down.

According to Dekalb Humane Society Director James Hatfield, the economy has a lot to do with the recent influx of stray animals.

Over the past six weeks, the Dekalb Humane Shelter has been overwhelmed by 150 new stray animals.

Hatfield took a count for Indiana's NewsCenter on Wednesday, 135 cats and 59 dogs are being housed at the facility.

That's about double normal capacity.

Meanwhile, staff members and volunteers are doing everything they can so animals will not have to be euthanized.

Adoption fees have been cut in half, now ranging from $10 to $40 dollars.

If you live outside of Dekalb County, you will be asked to microchip your new pet, at an additional cost.

They are also asking owners whose dog or cat has runaway in Dekalb County, to stop by the shelter and reclaim their pets.

Hatfield told Indiana's NewsCenter the Dekalb Humane Shelter has a good record of not putting down animals.

But unless dozens of animals find homes quickly, something will have to be done to ease capacity issues.

"We're at that stage right now. And we're putting it off as long as we can to give people an opportunity to adopt," explained Dekalb Humane Society Director James Hatfield.

Anyone reading this story, can adopt a cat or dog from the Dekalb Humane Shelter.

You don't have to live in Dekalb County.

For more adoption information, call (260) 868-2409.

The Dekalb Humane Shelter is located at 5221 US 6 in Butler, Indiana.

Meanwhile, Indiana's NewsCenter checked in with other shelters in Northeast Indiana.

We're told the Jay County, Kosciusko County, Steuben County and Wells County Animal Shelters are all over normal capacity.

Those agencies said they are also taking adoption applications to give stray animals good homes.




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