Aiken County Animal Shelter needs your help after taking in 519 pets in one month!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Aiken County Animal Shelter is asking for help amid a busy season.

The shelter has taken in 519 strays and surrendered pets throughout May, 126 of them in the final week of May since Memorial Day.

Summer months usually mean a spike in kitten and puppy births, the current numbers are way past what anyone at the shelter had expected. It totals to an average of 30 pets per day in that final week.

These animals need out of the shelter immediately to make more room for others.

“We were expecting our intake of animals to pick up because of the start of kitten season, but having so many strays and surrendered pets arriving at the shelter in such a short period of time is shocking and disappointing,” said Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) Communications Director Bob Gordon.

“This current flood of pets in need that we’re experiencing is why spaying/neutering your pets is so important.”

The Friends of the Animal Shelter in Aiken County have started a program called Home-to-Home to help place surrendered pets directly into new homes, so to save the pet from stress and save space in the shelter.

Anyone looking to adopt or foster a furry friend can head to the animal shelter at 333 Wire Road, in Aiken, or email info@FOTASaiken.org for more information.

The Aiken County Animal Shelter has extended adoption hours

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