Little Rock, Ark. – It’s the season of giving and this time of year sees many families adding furry friends to the home, but with that comes a lot of responsibility.
As more animals are adopted, shelters are preparing to return some of them.
As animals wait for their forever homes, Little Rock Animal Village volunteers know that sometimes their next home is temporary.
It’s an unfortunate reality that they often see after Christmas.
“Around January, early February, some people start returning them saying it’s not working or they don’t have time for it,” said LRAV assistant manager Bernard Bresley. So we get a lot of profit.”
Bresley said she’s thrilled to adopt so many pets around Christmas, but it makes things a little more difficult when they return.
“It puts a lot of pressure on us because we’re constantly full and we try to get as many dogs out of here as possible,” he added.
2200 dogs are currently at the shelter and that’s after the shelter has offered free adoptions since Thanksgiving.
“We’re doing everything we can to get them out. We’re going to continue our free adoptions through the first part of the year. So we can try and get as many animals out as possible,” he said. explained.
In the past two weeks, about 40 animals have been adopted and Bresley said the cats are doing well.
“We haven’t been able to keep any of the available cats. All of our cats and babies come in the door as soon as they come in,” she said.
Part of that may have to do with low maintenance of cats, Bresley said. The responsibility that comes with dogs is a big reason why so many people return them.
“Most people bring him back for simple things like potty training. Come on, give him time. You’re going to have to put in some work to get him potty trained,” she said.
He recommends trying the dog for at least three months before bringing it back.
“Let them get used to you. Let them get the kids used to it and let’s see how it works before you rush and turn it back,” he said.
If you’re looking to adopt a new pet, Animal Village is offering free adoptions until the first of the year.