Crowded animal shelters hoping to find homes for pets

An overload of animals is piling up at local humane societies as the holidays approach. Shelters are getting creative hoping to find homes for them.

The director at the Shelby Humane Society in Columbiana tells us, most of their crates are full. In fact, right now, they have 343 animals needing a home - that's a number that continues to rise.{}"We average 5,000 a year," Sara Shirley, Director, Shelby Humane Society said."There's still such a huge need because enough people aren't spaying and neutering that we always have more pets than we can find homes for," Meghan Wayman, adoption manager said.Ed and Heather Webb told us, after hearing about the over-population."That's just unbelievable," Heather Webb, who's adopting a pet said. "We brought in cat litter. We saw they needed clay cat litter so we brought a couple bags in today and I talked my husband into seeing if we could get another kitten to take home.""I just knew she was the one for our little family!" she said.This month, the Shelby Humane Society is doing $25 adoptions. In fact, many shelters in southern states are sending pets as far north as Maine, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire. Those states have laws enforcing spaying and neutering - meaning fewer {}animals {}are available for adoption. 'They are adopted there typically within the week," Meghan Wayman, adoption manager said. "Often times when the van pulls up, people are waiting, they'll throw adoption events when the dogs are available and they go like that."{}The Shelby Humane Society is also offering an ornament program - helping pay for those pets to be transferred up North."Since we implemented the program, we have saved over 7,000 lives," Sara Shirley, Director, Shelby Humane Society said. "Those are 7,000 lives that wouldn't have been saved. There are not enough homes locally."If you want more information about the program, visit{}