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Spring brings overcrowding to local animal shelters

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Spring time brings in a lot of puppies and kittens as animals are having litters.

The Northeast Missouri Humane Society in Hannibal says it creates overcrowded pens and leaves shelter employees and volunteers looking for a way to feed and house them all.

They get a little help from the city because it takes in strays picked up by Animal Control, but administrator Kurt Groenda says it takes much more to house the animals.

"We're entirely self-funded other than that," said Groenda. "Memberships and donations and the fund raisers."

Once the shelter is over capacity, it becomes hard to house all the animals.

When it's totally full, shelter volunteer Karen Stine says she tries to get the dogs into rescues.

"To help the dogs that can't be adopted for one reason or another or just got passed over. And we can get them to rescue and give them a better chance to be adopted there," said Stine.

To cut down on unwanted pets, the Northeast Missouri Humane Society says it encourages spaying and neutering your pets. But for some, it's not affordable.

"We do have what we call a SNAP program, and basically it's a spay and neuter assistance program for lower income families," said Groenda.

The shelter is holding a fundraiser Saturday at 7:00PM at Ten Pin Alley in Hannibal to help bring more money in to help these animals.

"Pins for Pets" will help the general fund as well as the SNAP program.

Groenda says the society will give out door prizes and goodie bags filled with pet toys and treats.

There will also be a raffle and food available.

The cost is $15.00 at the door and includes your shoe rental and three games.

Groenda says it will be a fun time and a great way to put more money into the general budget as well as the SNAP program to help cut down on the number of animals that become unwanted and end up in the shelter.

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