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Overwhelmed Shelter Pleads For Help, ‘Bursting At The Seams’ And Hoping To Avoid Euthanizing Pets

Published: November 16, 2021 at 12:14 PM Author: Penny Eims



An overwhelmed animal shelter in Greenfield, Indiana, reached out to the public for help this week because their facility is “bursting at the seams” with homeless pets. The Greenfield-Hancock Animal Management facility is an open-intake shelter that prides itself for maintaining a low euthanasia rate, but the current situation has maxed out its resources.

In a Facebook post, the shelter writes of the concerning situation it is facing:

“⚠️!!! HELP !!!⚠️
We are really struggling with space here at GHAM. We have so many animals that have been here for a long time. Dogs are now starting to go kennel crazy. We are pleading for your help with getting animals out of the shelter.”

The shelter works hand-in-hand with rescue groups to move homeless cats and dogs out of the facility, but all of the rescue agencies are full and struggling as well. The shelter said:

“We are trying and we are spent. We DO NOT want to euthanize for space but that is what we are looking at if we don’t get some adoptions going out of here. Until we can get some adoptions and make space we are asking the public to please stop picking up stray animals unless you are able to house it while we continue to try to make space.”

With a final plea for assistance:

“Help us help these animals that have been neglected, surrendered or turned loose. They deserve better than to live in a shelter. We are a temporary house for them but you are their and our last hope.”

Shelters across the nation have been inundated with surrendered pets as people head back into the workplace following the lockdowns and work-from-home mandates in 2020.

You can find the Greenfield Animal Shelter Facebook page here.

Shelter phone: (317) 477-4367

Location Address:

2195 W. US Highway 40
Greenfield, IN 46140

Shelter’s Petfinding listings here.

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Venice Tucker
Venice Tucker
6 months ago

I pray for dog need new home and be safe amen

Fred
Fred
6 months ago

Why not just stop taking in animals? If u kill dogs just yo take more dogs in that u will then kill, stop intake. Close ur doors. Tell them u r full. Lock gates. No one allowed on property.

Susan Tatum
Susan Tatum
5 months ago
Reply to  Fred

Then they will be abused or abandoned by the owners who are surrendering them.

Last edited 5 months ago by Susan Tatum
Jessica Miracola
Jessica Miracola
6 months ago
ABS314
ABS314
6 months ago

I WARNED people this would happen when covid first hit and people began adopting animals like crazy. All the human species ever thinks about is its OWN selfish needs. Now they are tossing these creatures aside like a worn-out blanket and the poor animal doesn’t know what it’s done to deserve this. People SUCK.

Jaime Perez
Jaime Perez
6 months ago
Reply to  ABS314

Very well said!!

Linda Platshon
Linda Platshon
6 months ago
Reply to  ABS314

I couldn’t agree more. It’s not the fault of the shelter. People like this who desert their pets after the pandemic should never be permitted to own another. It’s disgraceful. At least they are turning in the animals. Maybe, the rescue can have their problem placed on the local tv channels. Sometimes, the animals can be sent to other shelters. I would take one or two but I am older. I don’t want them to end up back at another shelter.

Linda Platshon
Linda Platshon
6 months ago
Reply to  Linda Platshon

I couldn’t agree more. There is no need to breed dogs when there are thousands in shelters awaiting homes. I am against dog and cat breeding. Usually a shelter can find any pet you desire. Stop the breeders. They are in it for the money so is the AKC or whatever it’s called. Stop dog and cat shows. It’s all about the money not the poor animals.

Linda Platshon
Linda Platshon
6 months ago
Reply to  Linda Platshon

I just wrote that. I don’t like any organization that harms pets. I don’t like rodeos or horse racing. I detest horse shows as well. Animals make great pets and should not be profit makers for their greedy owners.

Linda Platshon
Linda Platshon
6 months ago
Reply to  Linda Platshon

agreed

Mands
Mands
5 months ago
Reply to  ABS314

I totally agree with you. I predicted this would happen during the first lockdown here in the UK and that there would be a spate of unwanted dogs and puppies as people returned to work 😥😢😭😢😥😭😢😥😭😢😥😭😢😥😭😢😥😭😢😥😭😢😥😭😢😥😭😢😥😭

Clou Herd
Clou Herd
6 months ago

Put pressure on AKC to quit supporting Petland use of puppy mills so that people adopt and not shop. Keep ALC focused on their mission to promote respectable purposeful bred, pure bred dogs. It will help our shelters

June P McWilliam
June P McWilliam
5 months ago

I hope that people responded to their plea, and adopted/fostered.