WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— A local animal shelter is overwhelmed with unwanted pets.
This comes after the adoption boom during the pandemic, but now they’re faced with the opposite problem.
The Lycoming County SPCA is getting more surrendered animals than they can adopt out. They said inflation is making it hard for families to care for their pets, so they end up letting them go.
“As of last month, we have 51 kennels and we had 67 dogs in our care. Now we’re lucky to have some fosters but we still have a waiting list,” said Alyssa Correll, the Executive Director of the Lycoming County SPCA.
For several months, the Lycoming county SPCA has been overwhelmed with surrendered animals. So much, so that waiting lists to drop animals off are 4-9 months long and their staff is temporarily housing some pets.
“We don’t euthanize for space so we’re kind of stuck in a jam in that we’re always looking for more foster homes and we have all this intake,” Correll told Eyewitness News.
“Between our shelter and our foster care system, and that’s between dogs, cats, small animals, we have over 400 animals in our care,” said Kabrina Jones.
During the summer months, the shelter is used to having more animals admitted, but this is the most they’ve had in awhile. Correll believes this could be due to the economy.
“Right now, especially with inflation being what it is, people financially can’t take care of the animals. After the moratorium on evictions has ended, people are being displaced,” Correll explained.
Jones said this is in addition to also being short-staffed.
“They’re all here way later than their shifts taking care of the animals. I think one night, Kelly and Bethany were here until 11/12 o’clock at night doing medicines on sick kittens,” Jones said.
Regardless of these hurdles, their team is committed to providing care until the animals find furr-ever homes.
“Ultimately our first goal is making sure these animals in our care are taken care of as best as we can. And obviously we give them as much enrichment and care as we can and obviously they’d be better in a home,” Correll concluded.
Their staff encourages people not to adopt if they’re not dedicated to caring for a pet.