Humane Society for Hamilton County says more animals are brought in, while fewer people are volunteering

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 4, 2014) – The Humane Society for Hamilton County says more animals are brought in during this time of year, while fewer people are volunteering.

The shelter staff says the cold keeps people from coming there to hold the cats or walk the dogs, making it harder to give them time out of their cages.

"They can spend 22 to 23 hours a day in a cage, and there’s nothing we want more than for them than to get out, be able to use the restroom and stretch their legs,” Shelter Manager of Marketing and Public Relations Jennifer Judd said.

The shelter houses anywhere from 250 to 400 animals at any given time, but Judd says more pet owners surrender their dogs and cats during November and December. That’s why the dishes and laundry are piling up fast.

“You think your dishes are tough at home, you can imagine what ours look like here,” Judd said.

Even with the obstacles, the shelter still takes in any cat or dog in need and gives them a safe home.

"We are one of the only no-kill, open admission centers in Central Indiana. Basically, what that means is, we take in every stray and every ‘owner surrender’ and we don’t euthanize for time or space,” Judd said.

Volunteers like Diana Winecki say -- that’s why she chooses to spend her time helping there.

“I couldn’t come in one day and take care of a kitty or a dog, and days later find out they’re gone, and not because they’ve been adopted,” Winecki said.

If you’re interested in volunteering your time at the shelter, click here.

The Humane Society for Hamilton County also has a promotion happening this month: Cats can be adopted for $15 and kittens can be adopted for $20.

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