Local shelter takes in 140 animals in less than a week, in need of donations


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Officials at the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter said just days into November they’ve already taken in 140 animals.

Tuesday alone shelter officials said they took in 43 animals. The shelter normally takes in between six and nine animals each day.

Officials at the shelter told News Channel 11’s Anslee Daniel that 38 of the animals were taken in from animal cruelty cases. Those animals can’t be adopted out just yet.

“We have to hold on to those until court cases happen,” said Washington Co. Animal Shelter Director Tammy Davis.

Having to keep some animals on hold from finding forever homes, the shelter has become extremely full.

“We have a few cages and kennels left available, but that can change,” said Davis.

More animals mean more needs- like food.

“When you have this many animals to feed every day, twice a day- we go through food pretty quickly,” said Davis”

Right now, there are about 120 dogs and 275 cats and kittens available for adoption. That’s not including the other animals housed in the shelter- like parakeets, bunnies, and hamsters (some of which cannot be adopted due to pending court cases).

“There is no explanation as to why its November and we’re taking in such a large number of animals,” said Davis.

The shelter is now asking for donations as they said they are running low on dry and can dog food.

Davis said the best way to help is by adopting an animal or by donating food. She also said that some of the animals that have been brought in are needing immediate medical attention- putting an even deeper financial strain on the shelter.

The shelter has an Amazon wishlist and a donate button on their Facebook page.

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