Overcrowding Forces Center To Put Down Animals

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

LYNDHURST -- With more than 300 animals living in the Shenandoah Valley Amimal Services Center, crowding is a problem. Adoption or death is the fate of the animals.

"I feel that this is an emergency situation that he could die today or another cat could die in his place if I didn't come and take him," said Kathleen Shea, who adopted a cat from the center.
Shea's cat was put down four months ago because of cancer.

"I had him on steroids and we were treating him, but it came to a point where I had to euthanize him. He probably had a few more days. It was one of the hardest things I had to do," said Shea.

Shea adopted Marshall from the center, because of his similarities to her previous cat.

"Colonel Gray was a boy and I was looking for a gray maybe a tiger," said Shea.

The animal center has seen a 40 to 50 percent increase in intakes of animals like Kathleen's new cat Marshall.

"That's why we're having a lot of trouble right now with the amount of animals that we have," said Lindsey Huffman, the assistant director with the Shenandoah Valley Amimal Services Center.

"Not only that but we recently had a hoarding case in Waynesboro," said Huffman.

As a result of that case in Waynesboro, this shelter here will have to find shelter for 20 to 30 cats or some of these cats that you see here will be put away.

"I want to save another life from euthanasia and I hope Marshall will live a long life with me," said Shea.

The animal center is waiving the adoption fee for cats until next Monday.

The shelter actually doesn't have a designated area for euthanizing the animals. They are working on expanding the facility within the next two years.

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