Niagara Gazette

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June 27, 2013

Overcrowded SPCA of Niagara waives adoption fees

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Niagara Gazette — Lewis said the SPCA of Niagara is contracted to act as a dog control agency for many local municipalities and acts as a holding facility for stray dogs in Niagara County. The shelter’s municipal dog control contracts prevent it from managing intake, which is one of the ways shelters are able to uphold a “No-Kill” mission.

The shelter’s new board of directors decided, in July 2012, to become a “No-Kill” facility. As a result, euthanasias at the shelter have dropped 98.6 percent from their 2011 rate. 

But with lower adoption numbers this year and increased length of stay for some animals, the flow in and out of the shelter, according to Lewis, is “nearly grinding to a halt.” She called the shelter’s current occupancy “unsustainable.”

The shelter has set up temporary housing to accommodate the animals that continue to be surrendered. In addition, the shelter will undertake a special fee waiver adoption promotion. 

Effective now through July 10, the local SPCA is waiving all adoption related fees. Lewis said to continue the no-kill mission, the community needs to step-up its support, both financially and by providing homes for homeless animals.

“People need to call or come in and help us find homes for our animals,” Lewis said. 

The shelter is located at 2100 Lockport Road and more information on adoptions and the fee waiver program can be found on the SPCA web site  www.niagaraspca.org.

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