Overpopulation may force Shelby Co. 'No Kill' Shelter to euthanize pets


by Adam Walser


Posted on June 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 27 at 5:52 PM

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Shelby County "No Kill" Animal Shelter could soon by forced to euthanize animals, unless there more people come forward to adopt.
The shelter has been filled far beyond its normal capacity all summer.
"Since May 1st, we've taken in about 250 animals. We have 30 kennels for dogs and 50 spots for cats. We're definitely running out of room," shelter spokesperson Bradley King said.

The problem is that more dogs and cats are arriving daily than are being adopted.
Sandy Johnson was at the shelter Wednesday picking up a 10-year-old dog named "Marge" to keep temporarily.
"Just for a couple of weeks, that means the difference between life and death," Johnson said. "We can't abandon these animals and just cross them off the list and pretend they don't exist. We have a responsibility as humans. his is not an animal problem, it's a human problem, and always has been. And they're the ones that die for it. "
Since 2008, Shelby County has operated a "No Kill" shelter, but the current situation may force a change.
"We're out of spots. We're a county run shelter. We can't say "no" to animals being brought in. We have nowhere to put animals," King said.
It costs $40 to adopt kittens, $65 to adopt dogs and adult cats are offered free for adoption.
The shelter is open Tuesday-Saturday, with extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday.
For more information, call the shelter at (502) 633-0009.

Click here to see adoptable pets at the Shelby County Shelter.