WALKER – The City of Walker Animal Shelter has not had to euthanize an animal because of “no room” in two years and it is trying to keep its streak intact.
But a recent influx of dogs has put the shelter at capacity, prompting an emergency appeal and other steps.
“We are above capacity at the shelter!” said the Facebook social media post on Monday. “It takes the local community coming together to keep a ‘No Kill’ shelter! We have an amazing group of adult dogs! Please come and see us!”
The shelter had only two dog kennels open but was messaged Monday that three dogs were coming in Tuesday.
“You hate to bring up euthanasia, but people don’t realize when the shelter gets to capacity,” it has limited options, said Scarlett Milton Major, City Council member who works with the Animal Shelter and its supervisor, Mary Gray.
“We’re trying to reach more people,” to find “forever homes,” Major said.
The shelter posted an Adoptable Dogs 2018 Album on its social media page featuring 10 eligible dogs.
The shelter, at 13740 Ball Park Road, also has scheduled a Dog Adoption Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart at the Juban Crossing retail center.
“A lot of strays came in the last two or three weeks and we’re at capacity for dogs,” Major said.
The shelter has no puppies or small dogs, she said, but are looking for homes for those “1 year old to senior dogs.”
“It’s harder to adopt out older dogs. People are looking for puppies for Christmas,” she said. “This is the time we have more owner surrenders or strays.”
The social media campaign has helped.
Boomer, one of the dogs featured in the Adoptable Dogs album, was being adopted as Major spoke Tuesday afternoon. Winter was visiting with a possible adopter and Chanel was going to meet someone that afternoon, Major said.
The Walker Animal Shelter is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Appointments can be made to view dogs or cats at other times.
The shelter can be contacted at (225) 791-3482 or through its Facebook social media page “City of Walker Animal Control.”