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June 29, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Overwhelmed shelter needs help

The Animal Protection League, a 501(c)(3) has been in partnership with the City of Anderson since April of 2011 to operate the Care portion of Animal Care and Control, also formerly known as the City Pound.

The Anderson Police Department operates Animal Control.

We are an open admission shelter which means we are required by contract to accept all animals brought to us from within the city limits of Anderson, from the Madison County Sheriff''s Department and several other townships, whether we have room or not. We do not have the luxury to say we are full. Massive changes have come in how the facility on Dewey street is operated. We are proud of these changes. We have three prison programs in the Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton to help save animals and people. We have added a donated no-kill cat sanctuary to our grounds. The staff and volunteers work diligently to place animals in appropriate permanent homes, in foster homes or rescues.

Staff and volunteers adopt and foster these animals themselves. Our staff and volunteers are going to every event we can staff in order to help save these animals. Because of all these changes and extraordinary efforts our euthanasia rates have decreased every year since 2009.

My personal goal for years has been to make this a low-kill shelter. A low-kill shelter, by definition, euthanizes for extreme illness, extreme age, compassion, aggression or mental issues. Basically the shelter does not euthanize healthy adoptable animals for space. There is no one who wants this more than myself, our staff or volunteers at the Animal Protection League.

In the last two weeks the Animal Protection League has taken in more than 200 animals. We were already overwhelmed with the high numbers of animals we already had. We are full. We have asked for and gotten more cages donated.

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