Jackson Animal Care Center ‘Beyond Full’, Finds Abandoned Dog Tied Outside Facility

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Jackson Animal Care Center asks anyone interested in adopting a pet to visit.

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“We have about 68,000 residents in Jackson, which statistically puts us at about 17,000 households with pets,” Director Whitney Owen said. “So we have one building and 35 kennels to handle the pet demands and needs of 17,000 households that own pets.”

Summer is a busy season for the Jackson Animal Care Center. Without adopters and volunteers, the center cannot function as they would like or maintain its “no kill” status.

“We’ve only taken a hair less than 600 each, dogs and cats, so we’ve already hit close to 1,200 animals for the year and we’re only into August,” Owen said. . “We currently have 91 cats in the building and have 56 dogs in the building and then I have around 40 additional cats in foster care. We therefore have a great need for adoptive homes.

The center is an open admissions facility with animal control operating out of their facility. This means that they must maintain space for aggressive animals, abused animals, and animals involved in legal matters.

Due to lack of space, they had to create a waiting list for owner buyouts. But some people have been less patient than others.

“For the last three weekends in a row, people have tried to drop dogs off on Saturdays,” Owen said. “And when we told them we don’t do admissions on Saturdays and they’ll have to make an appointment for an owner drop-off, they left the dog in our front yard, either tying him to the box letters, either at a picnic table in front, or just tossing them in a box on the sidewalk.

Owen says it’s not safe. There are coyotes in the area, not to mention that the animal care center is located near one of the busiest intersections in Jackson.

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“If you are told that we had no room, it is because I currently have four dogs in my storage room in crates because I do not have an open kennel available. It’s because we have 17 dogs in our puppy room who haven’t finished their quarantine yet,” Owen said.

Owen says the shelter is not yet ready to euthanize the animals, but they are on red alert.

“There comes a time when we have no choice because we have to serve the public, we are funded by taxpayers, we have to pick up dogs off the streets to stop them from biting people’s children. And if I have 56 dogs in the building and 35 kennels, unfortunately choices have to be made.

All dogs and cats ready to be adopted are sterilized or neutered, vaccinated and up to date with monthly prevention.

Adoption fees are currently reduced to $80 for a dog and $40 for a cat.

“All the animals we have here are available. They’ve been medically cleared, they’ve been behaviorally assessed, they’re friendly, they’re safe, but overall if you’re considering a pet, please come see us.

Without appointment, the center is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Courtesy of Jackson Animal Care Center

Owen says the only way to permanently address animal overpopulation in Jackson is to neuter and neuter.

She says pit bulls and pit bull mixes account for more of the center’s intake than all other dog breeds combined, and then doubled.

To combat the problem, the center will cover the entire cost of spaying or neutering this type of dog up to a certain amount.

“We don’t want to do any sort of breed restriction because it’s not the dog’s fault,” Owen said. “And there are great pit bull owners and there are great pit bulls. But we absolutely have to get out of this overpopulation problem. »

The Jackson Animal Care Center is also asking any local businesses willing to help to contact them. They hope to reach more people by sticking flyers of adoptable animals in business lobbies or on take-out food containers.

Click here for more information or call the Jackson Animal Care Center at (731) 422-7028.

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Benjamin M. Yerger