Despite large efforts to reduce overcrowding the local animal shelter is feeling no relief.
The Animal Shelter in Muskingum County has been feeling the pinch due to overcrowding since the winter months. Executive Director, Larry Hostetler said they have been an adoptable, no kill shelter for more than 6 years, but said they will be forced to euthanized if they are unable to control the population.
"By all means get your cats spayed and neutered, and all your pets spayed and neutered," expressed Hostetler. "It’s the only way we are going to fight this war is people being responsible and getting their pets spayed and neutered and putting an end to these unwanted breading."
Hostetler said cats are currently their main concern. Animal Shelter Volunteer, Jenny Carpenter has been spending time with the cats for 11 years and said it’s not fair.
"It’s no kind of life, there are ones in there that really really stress being in their cage, they cant stand being confounded," explained Carpenter. "And we couldn’t and we expect them too. And they don’t understand that 6 month-old kittens have kitten again and they won’t alter them and it’s just getting worse and worse. "
The Animal Shelter spays and neuters several thousand animals each year. If you are unable to afford the procedure the shelter does offer low cost spaying and neutering. Surgeries take place Monday through Friday.