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Montgomery County Animal Care and Control asking public for help

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Montgomery County Animal Care and Control has an overcrowding problem. It comes down to this: too many animals and not enough space.

In May, they saw a big spike in the number of surrenders and strays brought into the shelter. As a result, 144 animals had to be euthanized to make room for incoming animals.

To help with the problem, Animal Control and Care Director Jeanette Farell has issued an urgent plea for people to help them with the space problem.

If you live in the Clarksville area, you can foster an animal for a short period of time, and it will probably save an animal's life. 

Some animals at the Montgomery County shelter are destined to be brought to rescues up North, but it takes time to find volunteers to drive the dogs to Chicago or Indiana.

Sadly, those dogs may not make it there because of the critical need for room in the shelter.

With the summer months upon us, the shelter is bracing for an influx of surrenders and strays.

"Summertime becomes a drop-off, they just come through the door nonstop. We took in 553 animals for the month of May," Farrell said.

The shelter is trying to accommodate the animals, looking at every option.

"We have 18 dog cages, and we have dividers now. So, essentially, we have dogs stacked one behind the other with very little room," he explained.

Faced with too many animals and not enough space, the shelter must turn to their last resort: euthanasia. 

"Our euthanasia rate was 38 percent for May, compared to 10 percent for the month of April," Farrell said.

Animal Control has issued an urgent call to Montgomery County residents that do not want to permanently adopt an animal, asking them to help with a short-term solution that saves lives. 

"What we are in need of right now is foster homes on a very temporary one-week or two-week basis to help us get dogs out, so that we can have more dogs come in, and no dogs be euthanized," said Tracy Hogan, a volunteer at the shelter.

Now they are counting on Clarksvillians and other animals lovers to respond to the call. 

"Saving a life and opening up a cage for another animal to walk through the door to be adopted is a win-win for the animals, the staff and the community," Farrell says.

If you would like to foster an animal, call Montgomery County Animal Control and Adoption at 931-648-5750.  

The shelter will also be holding a seminar to explain the fostering process on Wednesday, June 21.

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