SPCA past capacity, offers half off fees to encourage adoption

Updated: Jun. 23, 2018 at 9:43 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A recent flux of animals last week leaves Louisiana SPCA overwhelmed with hundreds of pets.

Langston Davis is a new dog owner after immediately bonding with a pup at the shelter.

He says this is something they've been anticipating for some time.

"I overheard them talking about me getting a dog and I ran in there, bloody murder and said, are we gonna get a dog?" Davis exclaimed.

He was among several who took home a new family member, much to the relief of the shelter.

The SPCA is past capacity and struggling to care for all the animals at their shelter.

"Right now we have about 465 animals, so we literally don't have enough kennels to house all the animals we have. So our team is being really creative and they're making makeshift kennels and hallways and trying to find ways that we can adequately house these animals," Alicia Vial said.

Vial says this tends to happen in the summer months.

"A lot of shelters do get full very quickly during these months because breeding season is in the spring. So all those little baby animals are now coming back into shelters. It's summer, there tends to be more owner surrenders," Vial said.

She adds that this sudden influx comes mainly from dozens of owners who recently gave up their pets for a variety of reasons.

"This past week, we've just seen a historic number of animals coming into our care. We had 103 animals this past week and that doesn't even include today, what's going to come in," Vial said.

For those who are not ready to commit, there are other options.

"If you are interested in adopting but aren't 100 percent sure, we do have a really great sleepover program. So you can take that animal home with you  know, kind of two days, see how they mesh with your family, and if it's a great fit, you can finalize the adoption. If they're not, you can bring them back," Vial said.

As for Davis and his family, they can't wait to bring home their new addition.

"My dad said there was a small chance I was going to get a dog, and I had no idea it would lead to this," Davis said.

The SPCA says the half of adoption fee ends Sunday. All animals are spayed and neutered, and have all their shots.

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