Recently, the Humane Society, which services Glendale, reported a 33% increase in the number of dogs put up for adoption between June and August. In the same period, the number of homeless cats at the shelter has jumped 11%, prompting the shelter to increase marketing efforts it hopes will boost adoptions and decrease the amount of animals officials are forced to put down due to lack of space.
“Because preventing euthanasia of placeable cats and dogs is at the heart of our work, the Pasadena Humane Society developed an interim emergency plan,” said Ricky Whitman, vice president of community resources.
The emergency response measures — born of an economy in which residents are increasingly looking to cut spending on items, such as animals — include a $500,000 fundraising drive the shelter started in August that has already netted $270,000, McNall said.
“We have about $230,000 to go,” he said. “Then we’ll be good for five years.”
The Humane Society is also looking to increase its visibility via local television programs, including Glendale’s public access channel, and a mobile outreach unit with animals available for adoption.
The modular unit unveiled Tuesday doubled the amount of space for cats in the shelter, which, in turn, freed up 25 kennels for dogs, some of whom will be moved into the public viewing area.
The 24-foot-wide prefabricated building includes a common space for cats outfitted with mirrors, shelves, scratching posts and rugs that officials have dubbed a “cattery.”
Allowing the animals to roam more freely than most are used to in a cage could increase their chances of adoption, said Susy Horowitz, staff veterinarian for the shelter.