Midland Animal Shelters Dealing With Overcrowding Issue

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - One little, energetic puppy is just one of many that was dropped off at the Midland SPCA. Her former owners dropped her off at the front door, but other dogs weren't so lucky; they were tossed over the fence.

Now animal shelters across town are dealing with a massive overcrowding issue.

"We're totally over maxed. We're doing what we can. We're a no kill facility, but we are maxed out beyond measure. We try to work with other shelters, but they're full too," Karen Junker of Midland SPCA, said.

Twink Leftwich of Raven Friends in Midland says they're also doing what they can for the animals left in their care and they say seeing abandoned dogs is nothing new.

"We're at a capacity. We've always been. People don't put enough thought before getting one. They are not disposable. They have feelings," Leftwich said.
Animal shelters say most pet owners blame the struggling economy when they give up their pets.

"People don't know what to do. They're trying to do the right thing, but just give us at least two weeks notice in advance, so we can work them in," Junker said.

Others shelters say blaming the economy isn't right.

"I think that's the buzz word of the day. Nothing to do with the economy. We just live in a disposable society when it comes to animals," Leftwich said.

Leftwich also says the problem lies with pet owners and their care for the well being of these animals or lack there of.

"Our society is not a trained society, until we train our people, we'll have this problem and the sad thing is that these animals pay the price," Leftwich said.

Right now, both animal shelters NewsWest 9 spoke to say they are constantly working with other shelters in town just to be able to accomodate all the dogs. 

They also say that adoption has decreased within the past few months.