Stroudsburg, Monroe County – The Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM) is so full that it can no longer accept pets. There are about 35 dogs and nearly 50 cats up for adoption. AWSOM Operations Manager Rich Homar said, "The overcrowding at the shelter has been overwhelming for everybody here."
There are so many dogs and cats there that the shelter hasn’t been able to accept new animals for more than a week. This summer many animals have come in because people lost their homes through foreclosure or other financial issues. Homar explained, "We have had phone calls from people over the entire summer that a dog has been left in a house or that people lost their home or moved out of their apartment."
Volunteers wish they could take them all home but that’s just not possible. Volunteer in training Caitlin Gallagher said, "People should get to like realize they are so nice and special."
People who have adopted shelter pets say they are great friends. Ten-year-old Austin Werkheiser has two dogs and a cat. He said, "I think it's really nice because we save their lives and everything, because all the other bad people that treated them like that and we can just like take care of them the way they should be treated."
The AWSOM staff makes sure all pets are good matches for the families that take them home. They also spay or neuter the animals before they leave. Homar said, "They are great pets. We have some great animals here."
If you would like to adopt a pet from AWSOM visit http://www.awsomanimals.org/ .