The Starke County Humane Society is still open for business six days a week. Longtime employee Shanna Lloyd was named the director last week after Suzanne Crider resigned and says it’s business as usual.
“We’re still here for the animals that need a place to stay. We’re still going to remain a nonprofit. We are privately funded. We are not supported by any government funding, so we still need those donations coming in to help us keep the doors open and keep us running so we can take care of all the stray dogs and cats in our area and even outside our area,” Lloyd told WKVI News.
She says their biggest challenge continues to be the high number of homeless pets.
“There are just simply too many dogs and too many cats for not enough homes. Every litter that’s born every day just adds to that problem. We unfortunately see anywhere from 2,000 to 2,400 animals a year in this county alone,” Lloyd said. Even though the Starke County Humane Society is committed to taking care of these animals and helping them find homes, she says owners need to do their part by having their pets spayed or neutered.
Lloyd says a number of resources are available through the state and other funds to help low income pet owners get their animals spayed or neutered. Contact the Starke County Humane Society at 574-896-5060 for more information about those programs or stop by the shelter. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. CDT.