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GBHS overwhelmed with drop-offs

Updated: Jun. 28, 2017 at 8:18 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It's a crisis situation at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Last Friday, 113 dogs and cats were taken to the humane society's shelters. That was a record, but that record was broken Tuesday with 120 animals.

"We have been inundated with animals. We have broken records. Not only here for our shelter, but nationally." Allison Corenlius Black with the GBHS said.

About a thousand dogs and cats are being housed at the Snow Drive and Woodlawn facilities. Black says of the 58 dogs taken in at Snow Drive, 53 were surrenders by pet owners. "When you decide yesterday of the 53 owner surrenders, 40 were I just don't want my pet anymore." Black said.

Black said pet owners have to be more responsible for their animals. The shelter was also hit with $30,000 in air conditioning and water heater costs at the Woodlawn building. Black said this is a crisis and it desperately needs cash donations along with volunteers.

The shelter prides itself on eight percent euthanasia rate but that may have to change. "When you bring in 120 animals a day, 115 there is no staff in the world you can have a conversation without euthanasia," Black said.

Black adds the state has to look at spay and neuter program and limit puppy mills.  "It's time for conversation to take place for long term because we are not going to adopt our way out of this and I'm sure as hell not going to euthanize my way out of it." Black said. The GBHS is raising money for a new larger facility off of sixth avenue south but that is at least two years away from being built.

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