FLORENCE, Ala. (WAAY)- With daily animal drop offs and a limited amount of space, one Shoals animal shelter is struggling to remain a low kill, no kill shelter. However, they've started a petition for a new facility to house their hundreds of homeless animals.
Director of Rescue and Adoption at the Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter Debbie Rappuhn said that she's busier than usual for this time of year. This makes her worried about the number of drop offs heading in to the spring and summer months.
"When you're getting 70 and 80, which is what we did last summer, dropped off a day, and you're getting in one morning maybe 35 baby kittens dropped off in an hour, we just can not cope with that," said Rappuhn.
On Tuesday morning alone, 42 dogs were dropped at the shelter, but thanks to foster homes and volunteers, none of those had to be killed. However, that's not always the case.
Rappuhn's hoping that they'll be getting a new more spacious and updated shelter as soon as possible to help with the crowding issues.
"With those numbers coming in and us having 40 kennels inside, it's easy to understand why we need a new shelter desperately," she said. "We're trying to become no kill, low kill, and we can't do that with those numbers in this facility."
So far, nearly 3,000 people have signed a petition to show the city council and county commission that they are behind building a new shelter.
Right now, the current shelter can only house around 60 to 70 animals and currently, 150 are in foster homes. However, Rapphun said that if they want to remain a low kill shelter, people must start spaying and neutering their animals.
"That is the only thing that's ever going to help us with that," said Rappuhn. "But until we get that message out clear, we need a new facility to take care of all the numbers we have coming in."