NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- Many animal shelters have problems this time of year with overpopulation when they seem to get more pets than people willing to adopt.
This is being felt especially at the SPCA of Niagara.
Last year, the SPCA of Niagara was criticized because of the high numbers of animals being put down.
The facility, which now has a 'no kill' policy, has since started an adoption program.
To help find forever homes for as many of the animals as possible, the facility will waive all adoption fees starting Wednesday, June 26th through Wednesday, July 10th.
"This is why we're putting this plea to the public, we have to have the support if this shelter is to continue to be a no-kill facility," said Amy Lewis, the shelter director at the SPCA of Niagara.
The shelter is located at 2100 Lockport Road in Niagara Falls.
Over the past two years, SPCA of Niagara has seen more than 2,000 dogs and cats come in than go out. And over the same time period, euthanasia has plummeted from 2,516 to just 34 this year.
"We can't save everything that comes through the doors and have space for it, when there are no adoptions occurring," said Lewis.
SPCA leaders say since there are more pets, it's become more expensive to care for them and that donation money is barely covering expenses.
"In order for us to maintain this no kill mission, adoption is a really big component of that and if that isn't occurring, I don't know how much longer we can sustain that mission," said Lewis.
Neighboring SPCAs say they're full too and can't offer assistance. The Erie County SPCA thinks more adoptions will come overtime.
"One of the things is that you have to remind yourself is that this is an organization that really in reality is only a year old, so it's not going to happen overnight," said Barbara Carr, the executive director of the Erie County SPCA.
Part of the reason why there's a drop in adoptions might involve that some people just can't afford to adopt a pet. That's why the SPCA of Niagara is looking into creating a spay and neuter clinic for low-income families.
If you're interested in adopting a cat or dog from the SPCA of Niagara, check out their website at: http://www.niagaraspca.org/.