A local animal rescue that helps hundreds of pets every year is asking for money, supplies and volunteers to help stay afloat.

ZOE’s Animal Save Society took in about 800 animals last year, but they’re down to roughly 600 in 2022. That’s not because of demand, but limited cash, and a lack of volunteers.

“We’re struggling and I know we’re not the only ones, ” said Kath Oltsher, executive co-director.

“We are just spending money to beat the particular band. Vet prices have gone up, food prices have increased. So what we normally do is all of us live plus die by the personal donations of people who help us. ”

Oltsher said they’ve also had to eliminate fees for cats and reduce fees with regard to puppies in order to encourage adoptions.

She said the need feels greater than in previous years. Oltsher attributes this to people who adopted “pandemic pets” during restrictions but are now struggling to care for them.

“At the time, I was really worried. Everybody was like, ‘I’m getting a puppy. I’m getting a kitten, ‘ and I thought, what happens in a year plus a half to two years? inch Oltsher said.

The girl added that because they insist on spaying and neutering animals, any that they don’t take in are more likely to breed and make the problem worse.

ZOE’s has been caring for the dog plus her 13 puppies Monday. More information about how in order to help is available online .

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