This week, nearly 50 dogs are at the shelter. On Thursday this month, a total of 37 dogs entered the shelter. In the same time frame, five dogs were adopted, 14 were sent home, one was taken to the rescue and six were euthanized, according to county data.
The dog sitter said his office had to euthanize animals for space.
“When you have this many dogs here, it’s not just about having food or even having kennel space,” Click said. “You have to have staff to take care of the dogs: you have to clean them afterwards, take care of them.”
The county shelter receives daily calls from people wanting to return their pets, Click said. Its employees also meet many owners who refuse to collect their pets from shelters.
Many factors contribute to the influx of dogs to the shelter: a lack of research into the needs of specific breeds, as one factor.
The bulk of the dogs at the shelter — and the predominant dog breed in the city of Springfield and throughout Clark County — are animals that fall under the umbrella term pit bull terrier or pit-mix, Click said. These dogs have higher energy and prey drive than other breeds and require more exercise.
“Dogs are adopted and brought back or taken away and abandoned because [owners] are in over their heads and they don’t realize the amount of commitment it takes,” she says.
The return to in-person work after the COVID-19 lockdown and national economic pressure are also contributing.
Click said local dog rescuers who run pet pantries told his office they had a “constant and never-ending demand” for dog food as the cost of it and Other necessities continued to increase.
The dog sitter said the shelter operates 356 days a year, regardless of holidays and weather closures, as someone needs to be on hand to care for the dogs in the shelter.
Her office employs three full-time employees, including herself, and two part-time employees who take turns to cover the weekends. The county dog shelter also has two full-time and three part-time employees.
“We have staff here, but we can’t give them as many hours as we would like,” Click said.
The budget is financed by the purchase of dog licenses.
She said the best thing people can do for dogs at the shelter is make sure they stay up to date on their dog licenses or buy licenses for friends who don’t have one for theirs. pets.
While donations of dog food, other supplies, and money are valuable, they do not contribute to worker wages.
“That money goes directly to the Dogs and Kennels Fund, and the Dogs and Kennels Fund is what pays the salaries,” she said.
Dog licenses are available for purchase from the Clark County Auditor’s Office.
The shelter also has a constant need for volunteers. Those interested in helping the dog shelter can contact the Clark County Personnel Office at 937-521-2015.
The federal relief to cover personnel costs is part of the $26 million allocated to Clark County from the $1.9 trillion ARPA that President Joe Biden signed into law in March. A total of $350 billion has been allocated to help local governments across the country recover from the impact of the pandemic.
The Clark County Commission has allocated funding for several projects and services, including reimbursement to the general fund for pandemic-related revenue losses, construction projects, upgrades and management agency planning Clark County ER and Jobs to coordinate the county’s Reintegration Service Program. and community gardens, among others.