Silacuga – When a recent social media post from the Silacuga Animal Shelter mentioned an “extreme need for tough food” for dogs, puppies, kittens and kittens, the public responded.
The kind-hearted made generous donations of packaged foods and other pet supplies, drawing attention to a serious seasonal crisis facing animal shelters everywhere.
Shelter employee Connie Willett said 80 dogs and 20 cats are cared for at the shelter, and that the winter months are the toughest financially for several reasons.
“Puppies and kittens born in the spring are big enough by winter to be destructive, need more attention, more food, and more space than when they were so cute and so small, and many people will change their minds about keeping a pet,” she said.
“But, there is a proper way to deliver a pet, and a proper way to bring in stray animals or unwanted animals. Call us and schedule a pickup. We don’t judge, we have to ask for certain things that can make things easier for us and the animal. Like, are they checked? Or where did you find her, or did she bite anyone, or was she aggressive?”
She said there were several cases of “dogs being thrown” into the shelter hours later, and workers arrived in the morning to see six, seven or more pups in the woods on the side of the building.
She said, “We spent hours collecting the dogs that ran into that woods when they were turned away. We don’t know how many dogs there are, or if we all have them. Sometimes, I think I have the last one, and another little head will emerge from under something.” “.
She said the shelter welcomes unwanted animals and tries to find them permanent homes or nursing homes, but dumped animals are a problem because they are not counted as mouths to feed or order medication and should be quarantined if they exist. A disease that can affect other dogs and cats that can be adopted.
“I have agencies I work with that will take dogs and cats that have been properly vetted and have all their shots taken, and we are trained here to do as many of those things as needed,” she said. “We are not going to call you home or make anyone feel bad to bring any animal to us. Just don’t leave them here after we close.”
The Sylacauga Animal Shelter is included in the city budget and operates under the Streets Department. City Councilman Tiffany Nicks said the shelter often relies on donations to help with expenses, and Willett said Silacoja’s winter woes are no different from other shelters in the state.
“Ultimately, spaying or spaying animals is the answer to a lot of this problem,” Willett said. “I have a program here called ‘Last Litter,’ and anyone who wants to keep an adult pet, but not an ‘oops’ litter, can hand the litter here until we adopt it, and they’ll get Get a voucher to help fix their pets.”
More information about the shelter can be found on its Facebook page.
Kelly Tipton is a Daily Home reporter covering Sylacauga and Childersburg.