(DILLON) An animal shelter in Dillon is dealing with an overcrowding issue after it took in loads of rescue dogs last month.
The animal shelter in Beaverhead County is designed to hold between 50 to 80 dogs comfortably.
“Except that right now we have 130 and, I realize that some of them are puppies, but it is expensive,” shelter director Susie Brown said.
Last month, the non-profit shelter in Dillon took in loads of dogs from shelters where they were going to be euthanized.
The shelter received more than expected and some of the animals were pregnant.
“I just did too much, and I kind of got myself in a little jam, which is what I did,” Brown said.
One thing in abundance at the shelter is puppies.
While they’re little, cute, and adorable, they also require a lot of food and maintenance, which is why the shelter really needs donations.
“Puppy milk replacer is expensive and we mix puppy milk replacer with rice cereal and kibble or canned food," Brown said. "Canned food is, again, expensive."
The shelter spays and neuters all their dogs and cats and is looking for people to adopt them.
Susie Brown has run the shelter for more than 20 years. She said it is a no-kill shelter and they will only put an animal down in extreme conditions.
She realizes some people think she should just euthanize more animals.
“And I tell people, ‘If you think that I should be euthanizing animals, then you come down here, you work with them for a month, and then you choose,'” she said.
Instead, she's working to find the pets good homes.
Pet supply and cash donations are welcome at the Beaverhead County Animal Shelter.
For more information, call (406) 683-8119.