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Overcrowded animal shelters to cope with staffing shortages

Charlotte, North Carolina – More than 6 million dogs and cats are owned, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Hundreds of thousands of people are unable to survive in shelterseach year. 

Many shelters across the country are reporting that their kennels are overcrowded and are seeking help from citizens. As with any industry, shelter 's main problem is a shortage of workers. It can be bad news for hopeful pets when shelters don't get the help they need.

"You're not providing the services you were able to provide before. In our language, that means getting animals out of shelters alive," says National Euthanasia Data Tracker. said Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society, an organization that Many shelters say they are open with shorter hours.

"So the animals have less chance to come back to life. We're seeing shelters doing fever events," she said. 

Summers at the Municipal Shelter in Charlotte, North Carolina were particularly hard. Melissa Nicely, who has worked at a shelter in Charlotte for 15 years, says she was the worst she had ever seen.

"Averaging all through June, she'll probably have three to four dogs per day," she says Knicely.

Euthanasia at Charlotte's shelter has increased by 40% since she was last summer.

Staffing shortages have left animals in dangers at overcrowded shelters.
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One shelter in Charlotte, North Carolina reported that euthanizations are up 40% from last summer.
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And scream it," said Nicely.

Not having enough staff in shelters means fewer resources available for dogs with medical or behavioral problems.

"Some might call us 'for space,' but we also had to consider behavior, not just space," she explains Knicely. Did.

Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) is primarily focused on improving conditions in her five states: California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Alabama. These states make up her 31% of the U.S. population, but these states account for half of all shelter killings, according to BFAS.

Staffing shortages at shelters could result in animals getting less resources for behavioral or medical issues.
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To resources and community population to help them

 Even if they can't keep pets,. many shelters either volunteer or They say the best thing to do is raise a pet temporarily.