BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – If you are thinking about adding a pet to your family, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society is making it easier and cheaper than ever before.
As part of a nationwide event called “Just One Day” the GBHS has pledged to not euthanize a single animal for 24 hours. Instead, they are opening their doors all day long from 11 AM to 11 PM for people to come by and adopt their pets. They are also only charging an $11 adoption fee. That is in comparison to their usual fees of about $100 for puppies and $50 for dogs and cats.
Shelter staff members say they are hoping to adopt out as many pets as possible to clear out space so they can save lives. Overpopulation is one of the biggest problems the GBHS faces. So far this year, they have had to euthanize 27% of the animals that have been brought into their shelter.
“There’s simply not enough room and at that point you have to make the tough decisions and it’s so sad, because these are someone’s pet that could be happy in a home of their own,” Nancy Ellis, Director of Marketing for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society said.
According to the “Just One Day” website, more than 10,000 animals are euthanized every day nationwide.
Here in Birmingham, the shelter has actually reduced their numbers of animals that have to be put down due to overcrowding. In 2012, they had to euthanize 72% percent of the animals that came into the shelter. Last year, that number dropped to 46%. The shelter’s staff credits low cost spay/neuter shelters as well as several of their adoption outreach and foster programs to the positive change.
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