WHEATFIELD – The Niagara County SPCA has announced that it is “bursting at the seams.”
Officials said fewer animals are being adopted while the SPCA is on a mission to maintain its role as a no-kill facility, decreasing euthanasia by 98.6 percent from two years ago.
Director Amy Lewis said the shelter in Niagara County is also unique because it acts as both a holding facility for stray dogs and as a dog control facility for many municipalities.
She said the shelter announced its intention to become a no-kill facility in July and since then has seen the flow of animals out of the building and into homes, “grinding to a halt.”
Beginning immediately and continuing through July 10, the SPCA, at 2100 Lockport Road, will waive the usual adoption fee for anyone who adopts an animal from the building.
Lewis said an earlier adoption promotion did not bring out the numbers they had hoped for but noted that the shelter management and board of directors are committed to the no-kill mission and are calling on the community for support.
“These numbers are not sustainable for the shelter,” Lewis said.
Information about the Niagara SPCA and its hours of operation are available at www.niagaraspca.org.