MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A recent unexpected delivery to Memphis Animal Services is putting strain on already limited resources and has over 60 animals in need of forever homes.
Memphis Animal Services received 65 animals Thursday night from a recent animal rescue. Some of those animals include pigeons, a goat, a pig, ducks, chickens and rabbits.
But, the influx of loveable creatures is a lot on the plate of Memphis Animal Services which is dealing with issues many businesses are facing right now such as staffing shortages and COVID issues. Mainly though, there’s just not enough room.
“So, any time we have a large impound like we did yesterday where 65 animals were brought in from one property, that puts a huge strain on our resources here at the shelter,” said Alex Pugh, director of Memphis Animal Services. “We just need to give them a space outside of our facility so we have kennel space for incoming pets and we don’t have too many animals here and not enough people to care for them.”
Luckily, people have already started stepping up to welcome the pets into their homes. But, Memphis Animal Services wants you to remember that you don’t have to make a long-term commitment to care for an animal. Along with adoption, fostering options are also available.
Foster pet-parents like Jamie Baroff are taking advantage of that option. Baroff said it allows her dog to have a new friend for a week and helps her enjoy her upcoming time off work.
“I am off of work all next week and I’ve fostered before and we’ve adopted a few dogs from here.,” Baroff said. “So, I thought why not and I brought my dog up here just to meet and greet a few of the foster dogs. Immediately, Zero’s tail was wagging.
Zero now gets to play with a new pal, Rainbow Bright, for a week before Rainbow returns to the shelter.
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