CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Cincinnati Animal CARE said it takes in about 8,000 animals a year.
Currently, his shelter has exceeded capacity. But she hopes a special Black Friday event will reduce the number of pets at the shelter.
“This year has been tough, there’s no doubt about it,” said shelter director Meaghan Colville.
Colville has been the shelter director at Cincinnati Animal CARE since 2020.
He said since then, the number of animals coming through the shelter has remained incredibly high.
“We had to bend and not break for three years. We had a lot of animals go through those doors,” Colville said.
2023 was a particularly difficult time for the shelter. Cincinnati Animal CARE has had to halt its efforts multiple times after a number of diseases found their way into the shelter.
“We had to close, which meant we weren’t adopting dogs at the time,” Colville said. “That really slowed things down, but the hiring kept coming. We’ve had some other diseases that are really due to this overpopulation.”
With the disease eradicated, Cincinnati Animal CARE hopes the Black Friday adoption event it started in 2020 will help clean up the shelter.
“It’s a tradition that we keep every year and it’s circled on the calendar every year that Black Friday is our biggest adoption day,” Colville said.
On Black Friday, both shelters on Colerain Avenue and Dane Avenue will be open late.
Adoption fees will be reduced in hopes of finding as many animals as possible their forever homes.
“All adoptions for animals six months and older will be $9.99,” Colville said.
Colville said events like the one set for Friday save lives for animals in need of critical care.
“We always say that when you save an animal from a shelter, you save two lives. You save the life of the animal you took home and you open up a kennel space for another animal,” Colville said. “Our team is looking for a big win and we hope it’s Black Friday.”
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