Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — A local animal shelter is overflowing with dogs and is in desperate need of your help.
The Thomas J. O’Connor Adoption Center in Springfield has 40 dogs ready for new owners, however that number could double in just a few days.
Their numbers have spiked earlier than ever before because of the warm weather.
Most of the 40 four legged friends are lap dogs under 2 or 3 years old.
Executive Director Pam Peebles is calling on the community to help empty these cages before it gets worse, “It seems like once spring truly hits we’re heading into warm months our numbers sky rocket. Right now we are going up 100 a month and that will continue through the summer.”
Adopting a dog from the shelter costs $175.00 and the dog goes home spayed or neutered, vaccinated for their age, micro chipped, and comes with a collar and a leash.
“Besides the 40 dogs that are already up for adoption there are more than a hundred dogs in cages like these still waiting their ten day waiting period until they could possibly be up for adoption as well,” adds Peebles.
If your animal is missing, Peebles says give them a call regardless of what town you are from and they can take a full lost report. If you send them a picture they can also steer you in the right direction where else to check.
During the warm weather more dogs are outside and likely to get away if left alone for too long.
Peebles says responsible pet ownership can help reduce the amount of dogs coming into the shelter, “It’s a time to think about a five dollar leash, a five dollar rabies vaccination, a tag on your animal… just a few things can really go toward keeping them home and safe.”
So if you’re looking for an old furry friend, or a new one, TJ O’Connor could be the place to start.