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The animal shelter pauses intakes while the dog houses are full

Georgian Triangle Humane Society is at capacity for dogs looking for adoption, with a full waiting list. The shelter has paused admissions, except in emergencies, until more dogs can find homes

The local animal shelter has so many dogs that its kennels, foster homes and waiting lists are full, forcing them to pause admissions until the pups can find their forever homes.

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS) continues to be inundated with calls from within and outside the region asking the shelter to take in more dogs.

According to information from the GTHS, the shelter receives three to five calls for dog surrenders every day.

“Surrender happens for a number of reasons: people lose their homes, the dog has behavioral issues, people move and can’t take the dog with them,” reads a statement from Kristin Holmes, the company’s marketing and public relations department. manager for GTHS.

In the first quarter of 2024 alone, the GTHS reports a 135 percent increase in the number of surrendered dogs and an 80 percent increase in the number of lost dogs arriving at the GTHS, compared to the same time last year.

The GTHS has decided to temporarily close the dog shelter and will consider emergency situations on a case-by-case basis.

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Rex and Zen are both available for adoption through the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. . Contributed photo

“We recognize the urgent needs of the community, but because of our capacity for care model, it is essential that we prioritize our team and the current animals in our care,” Holmes said in an email.

Of the thirteen kennels on site, two are reserved for use by the GTHS in its capacity as a shelter for four municipalities in the area. The shelter also has dogs in foster homes.

“It will therefore be a challenge to secure our waitlisted surrenders as more and more dogs arrive in need of our assistance, and kennel space, and are not reclaimed,” Holmes said in an email, stating also thanked the community for continued support and patience.

The GTHS isn’t alone in seeing an overwhelming increase in the number of dogs being surrendered or unclaimed at the shelter; it’s a trend in Ontario and Canada that has increased over the past two years.

Sometimes the GTHS takes in dogs rescued from northern communities, but while the shelter is full, staff prioritizes the local community and rescue partners.

If you would like to help, you can donate to the GTHS online at gths.ca, and consider adopting a dog. Click here for the list of dogs ready for adoption.

Not all dogs are listed on the website, but the shelter is open for adoptions every day from noon to 4 p.m. and there are adoption counselors on site to help people through the process.

The adoption costs include spay/neuter, up-to-date vaccinations, dewormers and a microchip.