The Daviess County Animal Shelter in Kentucky is barking out a Code Red, meaning they'll have to start euthanizing each day, to free up space. Right now, they have 63 dogs filling up all 60 kennels.
"It's not a new problem, as far as being full. I've been here 13 years and there's times depending on the season like summer time where we have more intake," says Director Ashley Thompson.
Thompson says, the intake started ramping up a couple of months ago. Usually, nearby rescue facilities and shelters would take some of the animals, but their facing the same problem as well.
"We do have to euthanize sometimes, usually it's for temperament or health. So if a dog is too sick to be treated, or it's too dangerous to put out in the population then we would euthanize those animals first,"
This is an open admission shelter, and that means they can not turn away any animals from Daviess County Residents. But according to officials, they don't, because all dogs deserve a chance to find their forever home.
"A lot of people tell us to stop taking dogs, but we don't see that as fair to the ones who need help. We have a lot of animal cruelty cases, and if we don't take them, they'll be stuck In that horrible situation,"
Thompson says adoption Is a big commitment, so if you can't, there are other ways to help out. "You don't have to just walk a dog, or help clean. You can volunteer to help match a dog with a great home. Also, fixing your pets helps too.
All adopters and rescuers must go through an approval process. If you are interested, contact the shelter: email@example.com