A litter of puppies left in a box on the side of the road, abandoned. Unfortunately, to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, this isn’t unique. The shelter is full of animals, living evidence of Tuscaloosa’s pet population problem.

Last year 4,581 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens were brought to the shelter, of those animals, 387 were retrieved  by their owners, 1,933 were adopted and 2,261 animals did not find homes. All were euthanized.

“These guys are ready to be adopted, they will be spayed or neutered before they go home with their human. That is one of the things that metro animal shelter is doing to make sure that we are fighting the pet over-population problem,” said Mary Calhoun, volunteer coordinator at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.

Calhoun also said, the first step to creating a better future for these animals is education.

The shelter is working with local schools to teach children and young adults about the importance of neutering and caring for their animals. The shelter offers $20 vouchers to help cover the cost of spaying and neutering.

“Every dog that leaves here unless it’s extremely sick or extremely small will be spayed or neutered before they go home,” said Calhoun.

Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter is running a variety of adoption events this month, and offering discounts.

To find more information about adoption contact the Tuscaloosa Animal Shelter at (205) 752-9101.

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