Cincinnati Animal CARE capacity hits nearly two-year high

Cincinnati Animal CARE, a humane society, welcomed 93 new animals to its facility over the weekend. This brings the total number of animals on site to 175, the highest number since the organization took over from the SPCA in August 2020. Now the organization is asking foster care providers to step in to help alleviate capacity issues.

Media and Community Relations Manager Ray Anderson said the facility has seen a 60% increase in strays since last April.

“We have days where we will have a very, very good distance in front of him. And then we will see a weekend like this where 93 new animals have arrived since Friday – from Friday to Monday, 93 new animals”, a- he declared. “And those are dogs and cats, but we have 100 dog-friendly kennels here at the shelter.”

This means dogs had to be confined to kennels or emergency crates in hallways or offices. He says that although that number has dropped since Monday, the facility still needs foster families to help reduce capacity.

Why so many abandoned animals?

Anderson says he can’t be sure exactly why the facility is seeing more dogs surrendering. But he has his suspicions.

“Many backyard farmers have taken advantage of shelters and rescues during the pandemic, so they’ve seen their business increase,” he said. “And now that life is starting to go back to quote-unquote ‘normal’, they have all these puppies that they have nothing to do with. And as they start to get a little bit bigger and a little older, they might adopt them from less than trustworthy people or just give them away or just let them go.”

His theory is rooted in the types of abandoned dogs. They are not neutered, microchipped, or licensed – everything shelters need.

Cats are a different problem, however.

He says partnerships with facilities like the Purrfect Day Cat Café in Covington and the SPCA in Cincinnati easily help get hundreds of kittens adopted or fostered.

But with warmer weather comes breeding season for unspayed cats. Anderson says he expects between 1,500 and 2,000 more kittens to make their way into human society during this time.

For more information on adopting or promoting pets, visit the Cincinnati Animal CARE website.

Benjamin M. Yerger