Anyone walking into the Humane Society of Young County will see that the place is stretched to capacity.
On Thursday afternoon, dogs barked loudly as they waited outdoors while their indoor kennels were cleaned, and at no point and time was a dog not in sight.
They jumped and wagged their tails, excited to see a visitor.
Additionally, cats filled every kennel in the kitty room. There are two of these rooms, both with options for cats to walk outdoors in an enclosed area. Some extended their paws through their cages hoping to get some affection. Workers and volunteers of the shelter maneuvered busily through the shelter taking care of the animals, cleaning kennels, washing animal bedding, refilling food and changing kitty litter.
The Humane Society of Young County is in desperate need of supplies in the at-capacity shelter.
In an effort to gather more supplies and much-needed food, the HSYC will host its second annual Fill-the-Truck fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Rock on Elm Street. The fundraiser includes a customer appreciation event and a flea and tick dip for dogs for a monetary donation. Last year's event was successful in supplying the shelter with food, treats, toys, cat litter and cleaning supplies. However, supplies have been depleted due to the amount of incoming animals to the shelter.
“This time of the year is hard, and we are really full,” Baxter said. “We are extremely low on dog food.”
Currently, the shelter is full, and harboring about 300 cats and dogs.
“We don't have a cage open, and we always try not to euthanize unless an animal is extremely injured or sick, and we try to treat illnesses,” Baxter said.
HSYC has also hosted two low cost/no cost spay and neuter clinics to help keep the population of animals down both at the shelter and in Young County, and will host a third one Monday, Aug. 11. Although these clinics help lower the amount of newcomers to the shelter, they don't slow down the amount of owner-surrendered animals that come in almost every day.
Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.