Local animal shelters are struggling to keep pace with shelter overcrowding

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – The Lauderdale County Animal Shelter has seen a large influx of animals, especially dogs, since early last month. The manager does his best to make sure every animal is taken care of, but when the worst happens he has to make a tough decision.

“Unfortunately, like I said, no one wants to hear this, but you know how you control pet overpopulation is number one in neutering and neutering, but number two, as I I said, you know we’re obligated to have to euthanize animals Nobody you know really wants to hear that, nobody wants to do that, but it’s something that needs to be done because when you take a variety of different animals for whatever reason you can get overcrowded anytime anytime,” Lauderdale County Animal Control Director Rocky Rockette said.

The shelter is doing the best they can, and to combat this overcrowding, the shelter is doing what they believe is the best response.

“We want to be part of the solution so what we do is fix all of our animals whether they are spayed or spayed, we give the puppies vaccines, we deworm them, we even give them leak baths and ticks. On animals that are of legal age, we vaccinate them against rabies,” Rockette said.

Another way the shelter is trying to relieve itself is to offer a reduced price for adoption fees. The adoption fee is normally $60, but right now it’s only $30. Fortunately, that idea worked.

“Like I said, we because, you know, we lowered adoption fees. Some people have already come this week and we’ve had quite a few adoptions,” Rockette said.

If you are looking to adopt, the animal shelter has adoption hours from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.