The Humane Society for Hamilton County has a crisis—and it hopes Black Friday can help solve it.
The shelter is running out of room—and it seems some pet owners are simply abandoning their pets.
“Because people would rather drop them off with us than go through the trouble of boarding them or having to deal with them when guests come over it happens every year and we never understand it,” said Jennifer Judd, public relations director.
Cage after cage has the heartbreaking tag of unwanted—it’s so bad that the crates for abandoned cats are stacking up in the hall.
“We have one room where are all new arrival cats come but this room is completely full,” said Stevens. “So we've had to set up all of these cages out here in the lobby to compensate for the space that we need.”
But it’s not just the cats in need of help—dogs need it, too. Kennels are filling up fast, leaving dogs like Yankee in need of a good home quickly.
To help alleviate overcrowding, the Humane Society is having its own Black Friday Petacular.
You can adopt a cat or a dog for only $15 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Then the fee goes up five dollars every two hours or so, topping out at $30 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
“You're saving a life,” said Stevens. “That's the most important thing you can do.”