Roughly 6.5 million animals enter shelters across the country every year and almost 1.5 million of those animals are put down. Pet overpopulation is a huge problem and one expert speaks about how this occurs and what can be done to fix it.
Simply Southern Rescue has committed to getting at risk animals off the streets and into loving homes.
With the pet overpopulation issue, the rescue is trying to help get most animals, foster homes so they won’t have to be euthanized.
At the Ruston Animal Control, the barks you hear sounds of abused, neglected, or malnourished pets. This is something animal advocate Leigh Ann Albritton says is hard to hear.
“We find dogs dumped at the gate, dogs dumped at dumpsters,” she said.
She says overpopulation is often caused by the lack of spaying and neutering and she can’t believe how people can be so cruel. “If I step on my dogs toe, I’m apologizing, even though they don’t understand what I’m saying or what I’m doing.”
Overpopulation is such an issue that when the shelter runs out of kennel space, they’re forced to euthanize puppies.The Ruston Animal Control has the capacity to hold 20 dogs but right now they have 24 dogs including 12 new puppies that are in need of foster homes.
Foster homes, work similarly to the foster care system, a foster will host the dog in their home and take care of them until a more permanent solution is found.
Albritton says pet overpopulation can lead to pets becoming the animals everyone loves to hate.
“It’s everybody’s problem. They grow up, they get big, they’re feral so they will attack their own animals, they’ll attack people,” she said.
She believes the root of the problem is because there’s no federal legislation.
“There’s no laws here, you don’t have to spay and neuter your animals, it’s a choice and they choose not to,” said Albritton.
Simply Southern Rescue is planning a transport around November to ship some of the many dogs to states with less of an overpopulation problem.