SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. The Panhandle Humane Society is officially full to where they have to even decline many arrivals because of lack of spacing.
The shelter currently has 30 dogs and can house up to 58 with cop kennels full and split.
They have 40 cats and can house up to 113 with a couple kittens per kennel which they try not to do.
They have to keep cop kennels available for animal control officers with bite holds, dogs at large and dogs running around causing trouble.
“One day, we can adopt three or four dogs but we will get seven or eight dogs in that night or during that day,” explained Eddie Jones, Senior Kennel Tech. “It is a constant flow of dogs coming and dogs leaving.”
That would include adoptions, reclaims and dogs that escaped and was brought to the shelter.
They see the biggest issues with abandonments.
They do receive multiple surrenders mostly due to residents moving or breeding their pet and cannot take care of them.
If you decide to surrender your pet, they ask you to bring their medical records, fill out owners surrender forms and be honest with them about why you are giving them up.
A majority of their puppies are between six months and four years.
They ask you to re -home your pet before taking them to the shelter if you can.
“A lot of people get dogs and cats as gifts and find out that it is not a proper fit for them,” said Jones. “We ask that you do research. Check out the breed and how big they are going to get. Check to see if you have the capacity to house, feed them and financial obligations.” (3:08-3:24)
In March, they had more cats adopted than dogs.
They are running a spring special right now with adoptions.
Most dogs are $150 and senior dogs with ones that have been there longer are cheaper.
All dogs over six months old excluding puppies are $25 off.
All cats are $50, kittens are $75 and older cats and ones that have been there a while are $30.
SuzyQ is adding an extra $25 off until April 25th.
“Get all of these guys forever homes,” said Jones. “Sometimes it is bittersweet to see these guys come here to be here so long but when they leave, it is the best feeling.”