How you can help animal shelter

By Briona Kiser
Times-News correspondent

Briona Kiser / Times-News correspondent

If you follow along with the news or on Facebook, you have likely seen the struggles Burlington Animal Services (BAS) have encountered. Recently, there has been a steep incline of animals surrendered to the shelter, and unfortunately, the facility cannot hold all of them. After being extremely over capacity for days in a row, BAS sent out an S.O.S. to the community for help, which included waived adoption fees. Their extra attempts did not go unnoticed, as an unusually high number of animals were adopted and put into foster homes during that time. While these relief efforts have helped tremendously, they bring awareness to the issue of animal overpopulation in Burlington.
So, many people have been asking, “How can I help?” There are a few everyday things to consider that make all of the difference. Most importantly, I am begging all of you, please spay and neuter your pets. Unfortunately the situation BAS was in is not uncommon for shelters across the U.S., but can be avoided or diminished if the community simply educates on the importance of spaying and neutering. Burlington has many low-cost spay/neuter programs, all of which can be found on their website or by calling. Secondly, make sure to always have some form of ID on your pet. This can be an ID tag, your phone number on the inside of their collar, or a microchip, which is another service BAS offers. Ensuring pets have proper identification reduces their chances of ending up in the shelter and allows them to be returned quickly if found wondering.
If you are able to donate, BAS is always accepting donations in the form of items or time. Volunteers and fosters are always needed and appreciated, as they are able to make a hands-on difference both inside of the shelter and via social networking. To become a volunteer, you must be 16 and complete a short training session. If you would like to make donations, BAS is always in need of crates, towels, blankets and cleaning supplies, all of which can be dropped off at the shelter at any time.
The BAS website has plenty of resources to help community members in almost any area they need, such as with behavior problems, seeking spay/neuter clinics, or the building of fences.
For more information, you can call BAS at 336-578-0343, visit their website www.ci.burlington.nc.us/963/Animal-Services, or visit at 221 Stone Quarry Rd., Haw River.

Briona Kiser is a junior at UNC-Charlotte and a Teens & 20s writer.

 

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