Hoarding Cases Put ARL Over Capacity - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Hoarding Cases Put ARL Over Capacity

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Addie Olson



The Animal Rescue League of Iowa had a record number of adoptions in June, but now they're at record capacity.

Hoarding cases are behind all the overcrowding. Monday the ARL dealt with their second of the summer.

"Most recently it's been a 42 cat situation and before that it was a 52 cat situation," said ARL Executive Director Tom Colvin.

A lot of extra kittens are stuck behind bars. They're looking for permanent homes after their first ones were a little too crowded.

"I think that becomes a situation for people where their love for animals gets away from them," Colvin said.

The ARL recovered almost 100 cats from the two recent hoarding cases. This happens more often when it starts warming up.

"Summer's when you can smell them, typically," Colvin said of hoarding homes. "I think people become more cognizant of them."

Now, their home at the ARL is overcrowded as well, which is why adoptions are just $35 until Sunday.

Adopting isn't the only way you can take one of the cats or dogs home.

"If you have a space and you can care for a pet for even a week or a month, or however long you have to offer, that's going to help, and that's a way to get involved with our foster program," Colvin said."

Cats aren't the only ones that are hurting for homes. But if an energetic dog or even a sleepy cat are too much for your house, they're always looking for buddies to hang out with there.

"I like to be able to help them out," said 11-year-old volunteer Hannah LaBlanc.

Potential adopters are reminded that it is a lifetime commitment, but one that they hope people can make.

"You can make their life better and you can make your life better by coming to help the Animal Rescue League," said Colvin.

The $35 adoptions are for both dogs and cats.

You can find information on volunteering, donating and adopting on the ARL's website.

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