SALISBURY, Maryland-A ANIMAL SHELTER IN OICOMICO VSOUNTY IS OVERWHELMED BY dogs and DESPERATELY WANTS THESE FURRY FRIENDS TO FIND THEIR FOREVER HOMES.
Mall dogs recently arrived at THE HUMANE SSociety of OICOMICO COUNTY. JTHE SHELTER IS FACING A MASS INFLUX OF DOGS. DDUE TO OVERCROWDING OF THE KENNEL, SOME ANIMALS ARE OBLIGED TO STAY OUTSIDE DESPITE THE HIGH TEMPERATURES. JHE HAS SHELTER EEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAYS THIS IS A CONTINUOUS PROBLEM HAPPENING EVERYWHERE.
“So we’re no different than other shelters. I think I’ve seen where every shelter across the United States feels that. wWe kind of expected that to happen with COVID. wWe see a lot of people losing their homes and having to give up their pets, either because they can’t afford them or because they’re moving and can’t have them where they’re taking them,” says Kimberly Nock.
JLAST MONTH, THE SHELTER WELCOMED 39 DOGS. JHEY NOW HAVE A TOTAL OF OVER 56 DOGS STAYING THERE. DDUE TO THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS THEY HAVE, THE SHELTER WORKERS ARE CONSIDERING EXPANSION. JHE EVENT AND VSCOMMUNITY RELATIONS VSTHE COORDINATOR SAYS THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE NOW LIVING IN Ocomical VSOUNTY PLAYS A ROLE WHY THERE ARE SO MANY ANIMALS.
“When we built this shelter it was in the 90s. The population of Wicomico County was around 80,000 and we are now over 100,000. We did not expect to house the volume of animals that we are now and it’s just extremely important that we get this expansion,” says Megan Koester.
IWHEN THE EXTENSION WILL HAPPEN IS STILL UNKNOWN. BBUT UNTIL THAT, THEY DESPERATELY WANT THESE DOGS TO FIND A LOVED HOME. ONOT SON SEPTEMBER 1ST, THE REFUGE IS ORGANIZING AN EVENT AT BREW RIVER ON THEIR BAR CALLED DOC BOW OOW AT BREW. JHERE WILL BE VENDORS, A LIVE BAND AND MANY DOGS TO ADOPT.
JTHE EVENT STARTS AT 6:00 AM PM At 10:00 PM, AND IF YOU WANT TO ADOPT A DOG, YOU CAN COMPLETE AN APPLICATION IN PERSON AT THE SHELTER OR ONLINE.