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"We're inundated": Animal shelters across the U.S. are overflowing across the nation

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

In the lobby of the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA shelter in Pomona, Nikole Bresciani gestured toward rows of kennels erected a few months ago to house an influx of stray cats. In another area, pop-up crates for dogs were stacked on wheels.

To Bresciani, president and chief executive of the shelter, it was more evidence of the flood of animals coming into the facility since the COVID-19 lockdown.

“We’re inundated,” she said of her organization, which provides shelter services for a dozen cities in the region. “We’ve never had kennels in the lobby for cats.”

An overcrowding crisis has gripped animal shelters across the state and nationwide, exacerbated by a shortage of veterinarians, the high... Read more...


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