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Huntsville Animal Services pleading for adoptive dog families to avoid euthanizations

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There’s no more room for dogs at Huntsville Animal Services despite more strays and owner-surrenders needing a place to stay every day.

“Right now we have an influx of dogs, trying to get them all adopted,” said Stephany McBride, Humane Educator with Huntsville Animal Services.

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The trouble at the shelter is as soon as one kennel opens, more dogs come in.

“The other day, we had an officer come in and he’s like, ‘I don’t have a kennel to put my dog in,’ that he just brought in as a stray,” McBride said. “So, we’ve gotta make room, we’ve got to move the dogs.”

Huntsville Animal Services’ staff said they must find homes for 20 to 30 dogs over the next two days.

“To be comfortable, to make room to be able to not have to euthanize because that really is our last resort,” McBride explained. “We really do not want to have to go there.”

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The staff tries to avoid euthanization if at all possible.

“Just in the past little over a year, we’ve kept it above 90 percent and it’s been hard,” McBride said. “It’s a push to keep above that 90 percent.”

So, humans, the dogs at the shelter are counting on you.

“They’re more than welcome to socialize with them, and play with them,” McBride said. “They can even bring their personal dog down and make sure they get along.”

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The majority of dogs at the shelter are large breeds that weigh between 30 to 40 pounds.

“They’re more than welcome to ask any of the staff,” McBride said. “Most of the staff working in there know the dogs really well.”

Huntsville Animal Services is located at 4950 Triana Blvd SW, Huntsville, AL 35805.  It’s open on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The adoption fee for adult dogs is $35.00 and for puppies six months and younger, it’s $50.00. The fee covers spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, city license and pet ID.