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Animal Shelter’s ‘limited admission’ policy recapped

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5:45 am

The Humane Society of Lincoln County’s Animal Shelter is a “Limited Admission” Shelter – that means that when cages or kennels are full, the Shelter staff will not accept any owner surrendered or stray animals until space becomes available.

“If the Shelter is at capacity, the only way to make room for more animals is to get some adopted or euthanize them,” said Sharon Dunkin, president of the Humane Society, which operates the local shelter. “The Humane Society of Lincoln County’s Shelter staff does not want to euthanize any healthy, adoptable cat or dog for lack of space.

“If you have an animal you wish to bring to the shelter, call first,” she said. “You may be either put on a waiting list or asked to foster the animal. If you opt to foster, pictures of the animal will be taken, and it will be featured on the dozen or so web sites the Humane Society uses to publicize its availability.”

Owners wishing to surrender an animal or those who have a stray they can’t keep are asked to call the Shelter at 433-3726 to see if space is available. Call during regular business hours or, if after hours, leave a message on the answering machine. Regular business hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. If leaving a message on the machine, please speak clearly and leave a name and number where you may be reached.

“A word of caution – anyone caught trying to throw an animal over the Shelter fence will be prosecuted and may be fined up to $500,” Dunkin added. “It’s not worth it, so call before trying something foolish.”