Surrenders pushing capacity limits at Spartanburg Humane Society


3 THINGS ARE GETTING CROWDED AT THE SPARTANBURG HUMANE SOCIETY… AN INFLUX OF SURRENDERS THIS SUMMER … ARE CAUSING THE SHELTER TO PUSH PAST ITS CAPACITY LIMIT. 7 NEWS REPORTER “STEFANY BORNMAN” HAS THE STORY. 3 ANGEL COX/ CEO SPARTANBURG HUMANE SOCIETY”AS THE OLD SAYING GOES IT IS RAINING CATS AND DOGS.” ANIMAL SURRENDERS … AT THE SPARTANBURG HUMANE SOCIETY… HAVE BEEN STEADILY INCREASING SINCE THE START OF THE SUMMER… ANGEL COX/ CEO SPARTANBURG HUMANE SOCIETY”WE ARE OVERRUN WITH BOTH CATS AND DOGS, MOSTLY CATS.” KENNEL AFTER KENNEL… OF EVERY DOG BREED… AND LITTERS OF KITTENS …WAITING TO BE ADOPTED AT THE NO-KILL SHELTER. BUT SPACE HAS RUN OUT. DESPITE WORKING WITH LOCAL FOSTERS…C-E-O ANGEL COX SAYS THE HUMANE SOCIETY HAD NO OPTION BUT TO BRING BACK IT’S SURRENDER WAIT LIST. ANGEL COX/ CEO SPARTANBURG HUMANE SOCIETY”ALSO DURING THE TIME THAT THEY ARE ON THE WAITING LIST, THAT WILL GIVE THE OWNER TIMES TO EITHER MAKE CHANGES IN THEIR HOUSEHOLD TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THE ANIMAL OR MAYBE THEY ARE ABLE TO FIND A HOME FOR IT.” IN JULY THE CITY OF SPARTANBURG’S NEW ANTI- TETHERING ORDINANCE WENT INTO EFFECT… PLACING NEW REGULATIONS ON PET-INCLUDING NEW STANDARDS FOR OUTDOOR ANIMAL SHELTERS AND LIMITING THE CAN BE TIED UP. WHILE ANIMAL SURRENDERS ARE TYPICALLY HIGHER IN THE SUMMERTIME. ANGEL COX/ CEO SPARTANBURG HUMANE SOCIETY “HOPEFULLY THIS NUMBER WILL SOON GO AWAY. BUT WE HAVE HAD QUIET A FEW PEOPLE THAT LITERALLY JUST TURNED THEM IN BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING ON VACATION.” COX SAYS THE HUMANE SOCIETY DIDN’T ANTICIPATE SO MANY SURRENDERS UNDER THE NEW CITY RULE. ANGEL COX/ CEO SPARTANBURG HUMANE SOCIETY”WE’VE HAD 31 DOGS TURNED IN SINCE THAT ORDINANCE WENT INTO EFFECT. ” IN SPARTANBURG, STEFANY BORNMAN, 7 NEWS. 3 THE HUMANE SOCIETY CHARGES PET-OWNERS A 55-DOLLAR FEE FOR SURRENDERING THEIR ANIMAL. THE COST COVERS FOOD, VET SERVICES AND MANY TIMES… SPAYING AND NUETERING THE ANIMAL.

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