Animal shelter facing budget problems

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Their faces can melt anyone's heart, begging for homes and a new life, and some people have given them just that.

"Every animal deserves a good home and somebody good to take care of them just like every human does. You know they're just like us," said new pet owner Deysha Smith.

But Pike County officials say there are not enough people like that out there right now, and the local animal shelter is suffering under the weight of so many animals and so few budget dollars.

"We don't have the money we need. We don't have the money we want. We don't have the money we should have," said Deputy Judge/Executive John Doug Hays.

Officials say at any given time the shelter could have 400 to 450 animals in it, and without much budget to pay for extra employees the need for volunteers is great.

"We have four full time employees and one part time employee who do the business in that shelter. It's just almost impossible," said Hays.

Which means that many of these animals never make it out, making the shelter a "high kill" shelter, and officials say this is something they are working hard to change.

"They've done nothing wrong. They just happened to have been born into a world where no one wants them, and so many of them would make wonderful pets," said Hays.

They say their love for the animals will keep pushing them to keep the shelter running smoothly.

Anyone wanting more information about adoption or volunteering can contact the shelter at (606) 432-6293.

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