A group of animals at the Pike County Animal Shelter will be put down if they are not adopted by the end of the month.
However, officials with the Appalachian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have a plan to get animals out the shelter alive.
There is an "Urgent List" of 17 animals at the shelter.
If they do not find a home officials say the animals will have poison injected into their systems and they will die.
Cindy May Johnson is the Appalachian SPCA President.
Johnson said many people do not understand.
"When they take an animal to a shelter they think it's going to a sanctuary," said Johnson. "That's not what a shelter is."
Due to overcrowding Johnson said shelters are left with limited options like the urgent list.
Their No Kill initiative is working to end this practice.
"Our organization was formed for the whole purpose of stopping the needless killing of animals in shelters," said Johnson.
Their goal is for Pike County to adopt a no kill policy.
"Simply means about 95 percent of the animals that come into the shelter come back out alive. That's what we're aiming for," said Johnson.
Volunteers like are Carolina Weatherford are spreading the word.
"Of course anyone who comes in and adopts any animal, whether it's on the urgent list or not, makes room and helps save a life," said Weatherford.
If the animals are not adopted by July 27th they are going to be put down.
Adoption fees are $25.
Johnson is encouraging anyone looking to adopt, foster or sponsor an animal to contact the shelter.