Shelters see low adoption rates with large dogs | KSNF/KODE

PITTSBURG, Ks. — A recent donation is helping fight pet adoptions in southeast Kansas.

This weekend, the Southeast Kansas Humane Society waived all adoption fees for its dogs.

It was made possible thanks to a grant from the association Petco Love.

Jasmine Kyle, director of the Southeast Kansas Humane Society, said events like these often help break down barriers in the adoption process, as well as draw attention to the low adoption rates seen by many shelters.

Kyle says: ‘Ours are down to 8% which is awful, while intakes are up 87% so what we’re seeing from this data is there are more animals than many houses right now, and what we also see when we look into the breeds are bigger dogs. A lot of people aren’t adopting bigger dogs, and that’s what a lot of shelters are crammed with right now. So what any animal shelter in our area needs are new homes for the big dogs, because your best dog breeds in Kansas will be your Labs, your Boxers, and they’re all big boys.
Currently, the Southeast Kansas Humane Society is at capacity.

And there are about 50 animals waiting to come in.

Kyle says it often takes three months to bring an animal to the shelter due to declining adoption rates.

If you would like to help, the shelter offers a foster care program, accessible via this link.

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