Citing economic factors, animal shelter sees increase in surrenders, decrease in adoptions

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Like many animal shelters across the country, Southeast Missouri Pets has seen an increase in people wanting to surrender pets to them.

Adoptions have also decreased in recent months.

“Adoptions have slowed down to some degree,” said Siri LeBaron, Southeast Missouri Pets Director of Development. “We think that a lot of people are feeling economic uncertainty, and so they don’t want to commit to taking a rescue pet into their home right now, so many people want to, but they’re just not sure if now is the right time for them, and so that has caused adoptions to slow down.”

As a result of the decrease in adoptions, the shelter cannot take in all the pets they want to, simply because they don’t have the room.

“If people don’t feel comfortable adopting and we can’t help the animals move out of the shelter, then we don’t have room to say ‘yes’ to people to bring new animals in,” LeBaron said. “That’s the bottom line.”

SEMO Pets does receive supply donations from the community, and these donations help the shelter provide the necessary care for the animals already there.

It’s just a matter of the shelter not being able to assist as many people as they aim to.

“We are very fortunate that the community really cares about supporting the work that we do here, and they do bring us supplies,” LeBaron said. “We always need training treats, wet food, and dry food. So far, we’re doing okay with that. Where we’re feeling the pinch is that we can’t say ‘yes’ to everyone who needs us.”

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