TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Before this year, the highest number of animals housed at Helping Hands Humane Society since they moved into their new facility six years ago was 543.
By the beginning of this month, they had 633.
Now, they have 717.
The shelter says they are “inundated” right now and are asking for help, including simply reminding anyone who recently lost a pet to stop by and reclaim them.
“Right now we have an exorbitant number of animals in our care. We are pleading that everyone spread the word to come down to HHHS in person if you're missing a pet,” Michelle McCart, Manager of Customer Care and Adoptions says. “Many people don't know to look here, and we would much rather they be safely back at home with you than sitting in a kennel."
The agency has cut prices on all dog and cat adoptions – including the puppies and kitties – to $50 and $25, respectively, through Sunday, July 14. And, while they are excited to find forever families for their four-legged friends, HHHS staff do remind anyone thinking about adopting that it is a lifetime commitment.
Helping Hands is also asking for help in other ways. They are in need of more foster families to care for litters of kittens and other homeless animals. And, even people who can’t adopt or foster can help by letting others know about reclaiming pets or the adoption special – or by making a donation or volunteering.