Dog Days of Summer Mean Crowded Shelters
"Obviously, the summer months are a lot more hospitable for animals that are having unwanted litters of puppies and kittens," said Patty Forister, director of the Central Missouri Humane Society. "So, many animals that we are getting, especially in huge quantities, are coming from moms of kittens."
The shelter received 1,045 animals last month, about 33 animals a day. Most of them still need real homes. Amanda Brite owns Amdanda's Pet Connection, a Columbia pet shop.
"I would like to see more people thinking of animals as part of their family," she explained. "They're not disposable. If you bring an animal into your house, it needs to be a life-long commitment to keeping them safe and healthy just like you would a child."
Forister added that most pets are good fits for many homes.
"We don't want to put any bad matches out there, so we are very particular about that," she said. "But, there is something here for everyone. There's pure-breeds, there's mix-breeds, there's old ones, there's new ones. We have a great variety."
Despite mid-Missouri's sweltering summer, some dogs in the shelter don't have air conditioning. The Central Missouri Humane Society welcomes adoptions, donations and volunteers at its facility on Big Bear Boulevard in Columbia.
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