Cincinnati Animal CARE Hosts Name Your Awards Adoption Event Labor Day Weekend

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Animal CARE is making an urgent appeal to find homes for dozens of dogs as the animal shelter continues to be over capacity.

“We can house about 100 dogs,” said Ray Anderson, media and community manager. “Right now we have about 240 in place, we have about 175 more in foster homes.”

The shelter is the only non-kill open shelter in Hamilton County. Since the start of the pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of returned animals, especially strays.

“We get thousands of them,” Anderson said. “We’re probably on track for over 4,000 dogs this year and another 4,000 cats.”

Meaghan Colville, director of rescue operations at the shelter, said they’ve been able to maintain, “but the dogs keep coming.”

“It’s definitely starting to catch up with us,” Colville said.

The shelter had to use its garage as an overflow area for the dogs.

“We have dogs living in pop-up crates,” Anderson said. “It’s not a life we ​​want these dogs to live.”

To encourage adoptions, the shelter is allowing anyone coming this Labor Day weekend to name their own price for all animals over 6 months old.

“Adoptions and foster homes obviously have a huge impact on animals leaving the building and that’s where we’re most desperate right now,” Colville said.

The shelter said the promotion will hopefully ease the capacity burden.

“Without community support and without people coming for these dogs, we can’t do this alone,” Anderson said.

The shelter’s standard adoption protocols remain in effect, and Hamilton County residents will still need to purchase a 2022 Hamilton County dog ​​license, as required by law. Adopters from outside of Hamilton County are welcome, but should check licensing requirements in their area.

Cincinnati Animal CARE is open daily in Northside from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., but will be closed on Labor Day. The Pleasant Ridge Pet Adoption Center will be open Thursday and Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday-Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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