Heartland Pet Shelter hopes to adopt hundreds of animals to help empty the shelter

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Pet shelters across the country see a lot of animals coming through their doors and Heartland is no different.

Pets in southeast Missouri out of Cape Girardeau County are once again overcrowded as they seek people to adopt a pet to free up space and send these animals to a forever home.

They have over 200 pets to adopt, filling two buildings and even housing felines at Petco in Cape Girardeau.

Staff on site say it’s important to get these animals adopted so they can have space to help more animals as they come through the gates.

“We have daily calls,” said volunteer coordinator Jenn Farmer. “10-15 daily calls every day we found a stray animal or we need to return a pet. We need to make space for people in crisis so they can also bring their pets to us and we can get them adopted.

Last week they had over 48 adoptions and they are looking to find even more families who need a new addition.

“The last time we did this Bissell Pet Foundation, we did over 100 adoptions,” Farmer said. “We are looking to complete that, but pairing them with their families forever has been amazing. It’s really fun and it’s just kind of a miracle to see them smile and go home together.

Pets of Southeast Missouri is doing everything it can to help animals, including offering a reduced $25 adoption fee with support from the Bissell Pet Foundation.

“$25 all cats, kittens, dogs and puppies,” Farmer said. “Even the puppies and that includes their neutering and spaying, microchipping and they’re up to date on the plans.”

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