West Michigan animal shelters face an ongoing capacity crisis.

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Animal shelters in West Michigan are seeing a persistent capacity crisis.

Pound friend An animal shelter in Muskegon said they have been at capacity for more than a year now and are asking pet owners about their responsibility to care for their pets.

Since our story first aired about the capacity crisis at Pound Buddies, the agency said some dogs have been adopted, but executive director Lana Carson says the number of dogs looking for new homes has increased. is more than

“We know that as soon as a kennel opens, I’m not even kidding, within minutes someone is walking in, like oh I just got this, or we get a call from three animal control shelters. is or something else happens, so, it’s just a constant intake,” Carson said.

Carson said pet owners should realize the great responsibility of caring for pets before they decide to take them in.

Animal shelters have had to take pets off the streets, Carson said, because some people decide they can no longer care for their pets and just let them loose.

“We’re picking up animals that have been left in abandoned homes after evictions, animals that are tied to poles and street signs and then, it’s happening on a daily basis, animals that have been abandoned,” Carson said. who are constantly running loose,” Carson said. “It’s ultimately coming down to people not being responsible for their pets.”

Some people feel they have no other choice and become discouraged, Carson said.

“We have to recognize where this problem is coming from and it’s coming from the people who have these pets, what’s going on in the community, and there’s going to be a very sudden shift and people being accountable and responsible. will be hanged. For their pets.”

As for people whose animals run away, Carson said an eight-dollar ID tag could help return lost pets to their owners sooner, but added that capacity issues are a problem. The best long-term solution is to reduce the pet population and have the animals spayed or neutered.

“Oops, oops, good oops is leading to a capacity crisis,” Carson said. There is no excuse, no excuse, for any adult with an unmodified animal, that ‘oops’ is rubbish. This is common sense. And that’s right, there should be a sudden change.”

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