The Humane Society of St Lucie County, Florida, is holding a weekend-long adopt-a-thon to encourage residents of the area to adopt a pet. The animal rescue shelter
is overrun with furry friends in need of a home, and is hoping to find families for their animals as soon as possible, according to the TCPalm.com.
Over the last month, the shelter was inundated with cats and dogs who were entered into the facility in large groups after they were found in unsanitary living conditions. Other strays came in one at a time, likely from owners who had lost their jobs or homes.
The Humane Society's education director, Janet Winikoff, spoke to the news provider, and urged pet owners to spay and neuter their animals to prevent situations like the one that the shelter is currently facing.
"People are usually surprised to learn that to find all unwanted animals in the United States a home, every person in their family would have to take in seven dogs or cats today," Winikoff said. "Spaying and neutering is the fastest, cheapest, most humane solution to ending pet overpopulation. Our shelter issues three or four low-cost spay/neuter vouchers a day but we could solve this problem if more people would sterilize their companion animals."
The U.S. Humane Society reports that there are approximately 6 to 8 million cats and dogs brought to shelters each year.