ADOPT DON'T SHOP: Walker County Animal Shelter has hit capacity
The Walker County Animal Shelter is temporarily closing its doors to incoming animals.
They have reached capacity. Channel 3 spoke to volunteers who say it's because there hasn't been an interest in adopting them. They're hoping that changes.
"It is the most rewarding thing I've done in my life. I've never done anything more rewarding," said volunteer Emily Sadler.
Sadler has volunteered at the shelter for years. She says the hardest part about the job is the dogs who never find a home.
"These are dogs that are basically in a roundabout way on death row. It's up to the shelter and volunteers to fight for their lives to get them out of here," Sadler told Channel 3.
Capacity is at its limit.
"We are so saturated with unwanted animals," said Sadler.
The shelter hopes people will come to adopt animals-- not shop for them.
"These dogs, there's nothing wrong with them, they are not broken, they've been let down. But, there is nothing wrong with them, they are good dogs," Sadler said.
"There is just not enough people locally wanting to adopt dogs or cats," Commissioner Shannon Whitfield told Channel 3.
Whitfield says there are about 70 dogs and 30 cats being housed at the shelter, but with the lack of adoption, they've had to turn some animals away.
"We do that for the safety of the staff and also to be able to care for the animals we have in our inventory," explained Sadler.
Volunteers say the shelter has done all it can and needs the community's help.
"It's a community problem and until people start spaying and neutering and taking responsibility for their animals, we are going to keep running into this problem."
If you are interested in visiting the shelter to adopt, their address is 5488 North Marble Top Road, Chickamauga, GA 30707.
The shelter's hours are listed below:
Monday through Friday – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm