Burlington Animal Services way over capacity; needs community to adopt, foster

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BURLINGTON, N.C. – Burlington Animal Services is in an emergency situation. The shelter is way over capacity with more than 260 animals on site and only 118 kennels.

“The last thing we want to have to do is euthanize a pet because we are so over capacity,” said Jessica Arias, shelter director.

Arias says the shelter is so full and they are running out of places to put animals.

“The unfortunate reality is pets are euthanized. There is not any other avenues, we reach out and work with an extensive number of nonprofit animal rescue groups,” she said. Arias says most shelters are facing a similar struggle.

“It makes me sad, I just can't believe that there's so many animals in Burlington that don't have homes,” said Melissa Hoose, who came to foster a dog. She’s fostered animals for the shelter before and says it’s worth it if she can save a life.

The kennels show the problem. Many kennels have two dogs in each and some have up to five cats.

Wednesday, the shelter was fairly busy with people coming to pick up adoptions or foster. The shelter has waived all adoption fees until Sept. 3.

For information on how to adopt or foster an animal, click here.

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