Memphis Animal Services faces large increase in adoptable animals

They’ve taken in 319 animals in 10 days

Memphis Animal Services faces large increase in adoptable animals

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Animal Services is in need of people to adopt their animals.

They've taken in 319 animals in just 10 days, a much higher intake than they are used to, and there haven't been enough adoptions to keep up with the intake.

To help curb this, MAS has lowered adoption prices.

Adoption feeds for large adult dogs and adult cats is $40. Adoption fees for urgent pets are $20. Puppies, small dogs, and kittens are still $80.

They're also including heartworm treatment for dogs in the adoption fee who test positive.

The shelter said they've been able to avoid euthanizing for space with puppies, small dogs and cats for over a year--which is not the case for large adult dogs.

“We're scrambling,” said MAS Director Alexis Pugh. “We're doing everything we possibly can.”

October is often a time of year where intakes typically slow down.

“We’ve not seen that decrease at all this fall,” Pugh said.

They’ve had a 24 percent annual increase compared to last year, and it’s likely a result of a hot fall, a longer time for animals to mate.

“We’re literally seeing just an elongated breeding season due to this warm weather so that’s the best thing we can tie it to,” Pugh said. The agency says the struggle to adopt out is typically with large adult dogs.

That's why adoption feeds for adult cats and dogs are $40.

Leaders are hoping for tender hearts and a break in the heat, so they won’t have to put anyone down.

“We need this community to get involved now,” Pugh said.

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