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Animal shelter seeing an increase in abandoned pets

Local - 3/30/2014 8:02 PM by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Employees working to find homes for shelter animals say they are starting to see an increase in abandoned pets.

The Humane Society of Raleigh County said that spring brings a wave of pets through their front door. The nicer weather means some pet owners start putting their pets outdoors -- not always leashed or fenced in. These animals are sometimes abandoned by people who took them in during the winter. 

An adoption counselor told Newswatch this only makes her shelter more overcrowded. She stresses that pets need to be spayed and neutered if they're going to be outdoors and interacting with other animals.

"Just because the weather's pretty, your animals still need shelter, they still need clean food and water," Joyce Stover said. "They need to be spayed and neutered, especially if they're left outside because that's how the overpopulation goes. Please make sure your pets are spayed and neutered because that's what's going to keep this shelter clear of animals being in it."

The Raleigh County Humane Society will be holding different adoption special each month to help find good homes for some of their pets.  

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