It's been a busy summer for Quincy Animal Shelter. They say they have seen a high number of animals coming in to the shelter, either picked up by Animal Control or surrendered.
Heather Kath just adopted a dog from the shelter a few months ago. She says she fears many different dog breeds are abandoned because of their type. "We think that Louie (her dog) is a rottweiler mix of some kind, and when we were looking for pets we were looking for rottweilers and pit bulls and the animals that get bad raps," she says.
Veterinarian Drew Kaiser agrees - but also says the economy probably has a role to play in this, either because the family cannot afford to keep the pet, or the animal has been passed on from family to family. "We've had several dogs where the person who has been the caretaker for several weeks says this dog has been on my porch or my neighbors had it or that type of thing," he says. He also says the heat might play a role with animals being out running around.
Kaiser says they are a low-kill shelter, meaning they will not euthanize unless the animal is not adoptable. He says they have seen a rise in sick animals as well.
He says anyone interested in adopting simply needs to stop by the Quincy Animal Shelter, or look up animals on Petfinder.
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