Shelter Voices

The Humane Society of Lincoln County needs the community’s help. Humane Society members said they are in “serious” need of fosters and adopters.

In a recent social media post the Humane Society said, “We are overcrowded and understaffed. We need volunteers, fosters and adopters. We have no room for more dogs, and we are getting calls non-stop to come pick-up more. Our kennels are full, and we aren’t able to serve our community at this capacity.

“We are begging at this point. We have done our best to avoid having to euthanize for space and have had a ton of success since committing to it. We are now being pushed to our limit, and to avoid considering the worst, we need help. We are running specials on our long-term dogs, and we have streamlined our foster application to make it as easy as possible to help.”

Rini Tyler of the Humane Society of Lincoln County said Director Resa Beasley and others are proud of the organization’s overall statistics in 2021.

“We have worked hard and have saved nearly 700 animals over last year,” Tyler said. “We have kept a consistent LRR (Live Release Rate) of over 96% for six years. That is a huge accomplishment that we are committed to continuing in 2022.”

Tyler said no shelter is able to keep it at 100% because some of the animals come in really sick. “Unfortunately, even through our best efforts, not every pet pulls through,” Tyler said.

To add to those obstacles, she said the shelter is short-staffed. “If anyone is interested in saving lives for a living, we encourage them to send in an application,” Tyler said. “We have had troubles through the pandemic and twice in the last two years, we have had almost all of our staff out with COVID. We ran all of our animal’s care with a skeleton crew.”

She said the staff of the Humane Society has a commitment – no matter what – to be at the shelter every day to clean and feed animals that have no one else.

“We appreciate the community’s support and understanding of this time since we are struggling with our shelter being beyond full capacity,” Tyler said.

She said adoption and fostering are two of the biggest needs during this time because it helps free up physical kennel space and staff can continue to bring animals to the shelter.

Foster applications are available at the Humane Society of Lincoln County. The applications include basic information, people in the home, other pets in the home, a description of the area where the pet will be kept, animal preferences and ages, whether the person fostering can handle training or sick or pregnant animals and previous experience. Those fostering pets also must agree to some terms set forth by the Humane Society of Lincoln County.

Anyone who would like to adopt, foster or help, should call 931-433-3726.