Overcrowding continues at HES during July fireworks
Bob Citrullo, executive director of The Humane Educational Society (HES), says they're over capacity with animals and have been for a while now.
Over the past two weeks, they've taken in about 150 animals. He says he's hoping that number doesn't go up much higher after tonight's fireworks.
“All of the shelters this time of year are full, and the last thing we want is to have more come in," Citrullo explained. "We're receiving many, many calls about animals running at large, animals that have been displaced from the storms and specifically dogs and a few cats that have been hit by cars.”
Nearly every kennel at HES is filled with cats and dogs. Citrullo says most of them are runaways as a result of recent storms and fireworks. Now, the shelter is over capacity with about 500 animals.
“What we would like is not to exceed 350 or 375. It just taxes everything, you know, everyone’s working harder; more resources. You have to feed them, take care of them so the cost rapidly goes up this time of year,” Citrullo said.
Loud booms from July fireworks don't help. Citrullo says many animals are scared of the noise, which often leads to a phobia.
“You can start to see a change in their attitude, a change in their behavior. They start to pace, breathe heavy or hide under a bed, or whatever, and you can tell something is coming,” Citrullo said. “Put them in a quiet room. A lot of people put them in the bathroom, somewhere they can’t see the lightning from storms or lights from fireworks and obviously the noise.”
Citrullo says to also make sure your pets have an ID tag with your name and phone number in case they do run away.
As far as the overcrowding, HES is waiving their adoption fee to find forever homes for their visitors and make room at the shelter. To adopt, you will need an ID. If you have any pets, make sure you bring them with you to HES to help determine which animal will be the best fit in your home.