LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Almost Home Humane Society is seeing a drastic increase in animal surrenders.
"We are full and we are actually having to turn animals away," AHHS Board President Krista Hixson Titlow.
The shelter is now at full capacity with a wait list for new surrenders.
"We usually run in the mid to low 200's and we're almost at 400," Hixson Titlow explained. "So, we've almost doubled the capacity."
She believes the pandemic has played a part.
"People got animals because they were home and they may be lonely or they have the time to train a puppy, and now that life is kind of opening back up, they don't have the time for the animal," said Hixson Titlow.
With the eviction moratorium over, Hixson Titlow is worried about an influx of even more surrenders.
"We just won't have the space to help these animals," she said.
Hixson Titlow said people wanting to adopt really need to weigh their options and figure out which pet is right for them.
"I'd really think about your lifestyle and what fits your lifestyle," she explained. "Is an active animal going to fit your lifestyle or is a calm animal that fits your lifestyle?"
For those who are ready to adopt, Hixson Titlow asks you to consider a stop at Almost Home Humane Society.
"We just need help," she said. "Animals can't ask for help. Humans can, but animals can't.
Along with dogs and cats, the shelter also has rabbits, a rat and a bearded dragon available for adoption.
AHHS is also in need of foster parents and food and monetary donations.
The Almost Home Humane Society is located at 1705 South 2nd St., Lafayette.
It is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.