KENT COUNTY - The Humane Society of Kent County says the number of animals in their shelter is on the rise because of tough economic times.
Puggley is a Sheltie mix who needs a home. "The owner was homeless for about a year off and on and finally was able to take some residence but unfortunately could not keep Puggley," said Tabitha Yuhas, program coordinator for The Humane Society of Kent County.
The Humane Society of Kent County is successful in finding homes for many dogs and cats but they've filled many of their cages with animals who can't be cared for in these tough economic times.
"They do have to make that tough choice and drop them off here or at another shelter," said Mark Petz, Marketing Director for the Humane Society.
927 animals have been turned over. Many owners cited moving, and financial problems. Another reason, people losing their homes to foreclosure are now living in rentals. Many of which don't allow pets.
"An increase in our animal intake means more expenses for us. The community support has been very generous but it is not keeping pace with that need," said Petz.
An average stay of 15 to 30 days costs $220.00. Puggley has been at the Humane Society since early February.
Puggley has some good chances at adoption. He's a smaller dog and he has a pretty good temperament. But he'll stay at the Humane Society until he finds a home."
So will dozens of others. Luckily they can stay at the Humane Society until they can take up a permanent residence.