HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Prices have been rising for months, causing dire financial situations for many people, including families, children and even pets.
“It’s been a year. We’ve had a lot more admissions and a lot more calls, that sort of thing,” said Brandy Dennison, deputy director of animal shelter Frances Halbrook Hensley.
Dennison says not only have adoptions at the shelter slowed, but donations have also stopped coming in. Dennison says that complicates things as a shelter that operates on those donations.
“We’ve noticed donations have slowed since inflation, and our dog adoptions have slowed,” Dennison said.
The shelter often remains at full capacity, containing around 40 pets, but they have even more waiting to enter.
“Twenty-three dogs and about 16 cats. And we stay that way most of the time. We also have a waiting list when we can’t get them all in, and we have about 50 people waiting,” Dennison said.
And in addition to the shelter at full capacity, adoptions have also dropped significantly.
“Sometimes we did up to six to ten adoptions a week. Now I’ll say maybe three to four a week,” Dennison said.
Owning a pet is more expensive than ever with rising prices for food, vaccines and additional pet care. But if you want to adopt, you can call or visit the shelter to check the available animals.
They can be reached by phone at (731) 249-9443. You can also visit their website for available animals: https://www.fhhas.org/
The shelter is located at 78 Mig Drive in Lexington.
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