Memphis Animal Shelter surpasses 300 dogs in its care

Memphis Animal Shelter surpasses 300 dogs in its care

Strut, a six-year old dog, has been sitting at the Memphis Animal Shelter since May 24. A 72-pound dog who is housetrained, heartworm negative and great with other dogs and kids, Strut has been living in shelter director Alexis Pugh’s office .

“There is no reason that this dog is not in a home,” Pugh said. “And we have tried every single social media and traditional marketing, we took him on a field trip this weekend, he’s been on regular TV, he’s been everywhere.”

Strut’s story, Pugh said, is a perfect case study for a wider problem the shelter has been facing. The gap between the number of dogs coming into shelters and dogs leaving shelters is widening, leading to dogs sitting in shelter kennels for longer.

Strut, a six-year old dog, has been sitting at the Memphis Animal Shelter since May 24. A 72-pound dog who is housetrained, heartworm negative and great with other dogs and kids, Strut has been living in shelter director Alexis Pugh's office .

“Being in a shelter is no place for an animal, it should be short term, temporary,” Pugh said. “But these guys are sitting here longer, the length of stay for dogs, for example, was 12 days, we’ve seen it spike up to 19 days. A full extra week that dogs are sitting here because adoptions are down, fostering is down, rescue transfers are down, all of our outcome strategies, we have just seen decline. And this is happening across the country.”

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