Growing numbers and decreasing space challenges Northumberland animal shelter

MJ spends some time on the couch with shelter manager Gabby Vaculovicova. Even with over 20 dogs and nearly 30 cats, she knows each of them by name along with their background and personality.

by Jackie Nunnery

HORSE HEAD—With abandonments and surrenders on the rise, the Northumberland County Animal Shelter (NCAS) is hoping to find forever homes for the dogs and cats in need before they run out of space.

There are many reasons for the increase, according to shelter manager Gabby Vaculovicova. “People move and cannot take pets with them, the owners get sick,” and sometimes they never know the reason why people choose to abandon a pet.

“By law we have to take in any animals” that are strays, surrendered, or not receiving adequate care, said Vaculovicova. That is true regardless of the animal. The shelter has dealt with finding homes for everything from horses and potbelly pigs to ferrets.

In order to make room for these new….

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