It’s peak season at the Lake Martin Animal Shelter and director Mia Chandler is seeking help.
“We are relaunching our foster program,” Chandler said. “We are seeking individuals and families who can take animals from a few days to weeks.”
Those who foster animals will help create space at the shelter for more animals during a busy time.
“Our owner surrenders are high,” Chandler said. “We are seeing a lot of unwanted litters.”
Chandler said people’s habits change this time of year as well.
“Summer is a bit of a transition,” she said. “People are downsizing, moving and sometimes leaving behind animals. Those animals are found by neighbors and brought here.”
Chandler said more people are home now.
“Animal control is getting more calls now,” Chandler said. “School is out and more people are home during the day. They see the animals out and are calling.”
Part of the overcrowding issue is the difficulty in reuniting pets and their owners. Chandler said many of the animals do not have identification so animal control and neighbors cannot quickly return animals to owners thus taking up space at the shelter.
“Just by having a name and address on the collar is huge,” Chandler said. “That can cut time down to hours and avoid the shelter all together.”
Currently Chandler is seeking volunteers for the foster program.
“If I could get five animals out in foster, I’d be happy,” she said. “That would give me a little breathing room.”
Chandler said volunteers for the foster program have to go through the same vetting process as someone who is adopting an animal. She will check to see if volunteers live somewhere animals can stay.
Those interested in fostering need to stop by the shelter at 2502 Sugar Creek Road to sign up.
Chandler hopes area residents will take advantage of a temporary friend and help her save more lives.
“The easy fix is euthinasia, but I don’t want to do that,” Chandler said. “If someone has the space and the time we would love it.”