Guilford County Animal Services at brink of capacity after more than 40 animals surrendered

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Wednesday was a “MEGA BUSY day” for Guilford County Animal Services, according to a Thursday Facebook post.

The shelter told FOX8 that more than 40 animals were surrendered.

Another busy day like that will bring the shelter up to its 620 animal capacity, forcing the shelter to start turning away animals brought in.

“It’s not a crisis yet but we want to avoid getting to a crisis mode,” said Jorge Ortega, director of the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

Now they’re desperately working to get the animals into homes.

“We need to start being proactive on things that we need to do to not only engage the community, but how do we take care of the dogs and cats that we have in a way that they don’t deteriorate under our care,” Ortega said.

The shelter says that because they’re edging close to capacity, they’re offering a promotion.

Starting Friday, any animals that have been at the shelter for more than 30 days have no adoption fee.

GCAS wrote on Facebook that most of the animals that came in Wednesday were not spayed or neutered. The surgeries have filled up the schedules for Thursday and Friday.

This comes after officers found 22 Shih Tzus in poor condition in a home in the 4300 block of United Street while serving a drug warrant on May 3.

Guilford County Animal Shelter employees went to the home to remove the dogs and take them to the shelter.

The shelter held a lottery on May 31 to adopt the dogs out.

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