Thousands of animals over the years have called the North Country Animal League a temporary home.
“There's always going to be an animal that needs a home,” said Cody Reed, Administrator Assistant with the North Country Animal League in Morrisville.
Reed says this month the shelter celebrated its 10,000th adoption.
“There are always animals in need and it’s good to know that 10,000 of them have found homes already,” said Reed.
As animals find their forever homes more potential pets fill those empty kennels left behind.
“We're not seeing as many local dogs as we did years ago. People are spaying and neutering so we have less and less dogs, so we are taking dogs in from out of state,” said Reed.
The shelter receives animals from Indiana, Texas, and South Carolina.
But cats are a different story.
“We do get a lot of local cats whether they are strays or owner surrenders. So there is never a shortage of cats. They take a little bit longer to adopt then the dogs do,” said Reed.
And in order to help another 10 thousand animals find homes, the shelter needs your help. Reed says it costs an estimated 700 dollars to care for each animal and to prepare them for adoption.
“The biggest need is financial donations, its money to help us care for the animals especially medical expenses,” said Reed.
Medical expenses such as surgery. Happy, a one year old pup was brought to the shelter with a broken leg after she was hit by a car. Reed says the shelter shelled out a couple thousand dollars to amputate her leg.
And in order to help more animals the shelter relies on all types of donations.
“We love bleach and cleaning supplies, things like that of course. Because we do a lot of cleaning,” said Reed.
The shelter is always looking for donations in the form of food, toys, and cat litter as well. But it’s the monetary donations that really go the furthest. Every animal is spayed or neutered, receives all its shots and medical care before heading home.
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