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Huntsville Animal Services helps pet owners with options before surrendering to shelter

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Pens are filling up quickly at Huntsville Animal Services. The staff said summer is a busy time of year for them.

“We always love to help people as much as we can and give them options,” Humane Educator Stefany McBride said. “We always are taking stray animals in, always. But, it helps with your intake when you give other options besides the shelter.”

Currently, pet owners cannot surrender their animals to the shelter any time. The city’s animal services is only taking owner surrenders on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.

“You call down and talk with one of the supervisors and talk through why you’re owner surrendering your animal at first,” McBride said.

Animal services said appointments are usually made two weeks after you call. But, they do not guarantee an exact date for surrenders.

“We try to talk through and give you some ideas and hints on owner surrendering,” McBride said. “Not just to us, but other options like Craigslist, social media, kind of make the shelter last resort.”

Animal services is also in need of help with kitten care.

“I need foster volunteers, I need them to come in and be on standby,” Animal Care Supervisor Karen Buchan said. “Fill out the foster application, let us know you’re interested and we will call you.”

Those at the shelter said they keep the animals healthy and safe, but it does not compare to a family’s home.

Huntsville Animal Services is located at 4950 Triana Boulevard SW. Their number is (256)883-3782.