York County Animal Shelter faces overcrowding as surrenders increase

- The York County Animal Shelter is busting at the seams. They have 30 dogs and as many as 60 cats and kittens waiting to be adopted. 

"We are currently over double our capacity. We approximately hold per kennel, if we counted all the kennels in the shelter, approximately 230. We are over 500 animals at the shelter," said shelter employee Bobbie Comer.

To accommodate for the overcrowding, some pets are doubled up inside the kennels. Comer says June and July are always the toughest months for shelters. 

"Summers are busy and so adoptions go down because people are busy with life, but we also see at this time that because everyone is busy that we see more animals that are left at the shelter, they are turned in under owner surrenders to the shelter."

They also get a lot of strays in the summer with the biggest influx right after 4th of July when fireworks scare pets causing them to run away. 

"Our shelter is really fighting hard to give every single animal a chance that is adoptable. We are only confined to the space that we have so the more adoptions we have the more lives we can save," Comer says.

The shelter works with local rescues to care for animals that haven't been adopted. Seventy-seven percent of animals that come into the shelter leave alive. 

"They have the potential for love they just need a great home, but with that home comes patience and commitment. They have been through a lot before they came to the shelter and they really just need a committed, loving home."

Comer says to help combat overcrowding people should spay or neuter their pets and make sure to treat them for heart worms. She says that's the main reason many cannot be put up for adoption. 

If a dog or cat is missing owners should check with the shelter to make sure their pet wasn't picked up. Animals brought in as strays are kept on hold and not immediately put up for adoption.

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