The Greenwich Animal Shelter is filled to the brim with animals looking for a home, and animal control officers say it's a reflection of the economy. In the past six months, there have been a number of abandoned animals in town.
"A lot of people feel like they have no other option," said Animal Control Officer Stacy Rameor, "but there are. For us, it's more important to keep the dog within the family. It also depends on the reason the owner needs to place them."
Many of the strays are found on the streets or in local parks. "It's heart-breaking sometimes," said Rameor. "I wish I could take them all home."
Nine dogs and seven cats now call the shelter home. And with the facility at capacity, a lot of the animals are referred to other shelters in the area. Some been at the shelter quite some time. Beau, a 3-year-old pit bull mix, was found wandering the streets in October 2009. He has yet to be adopted.
"We don't get a lot of traffic," said Rameor. "A lot of people don't know we exist or come with a specific thing in mind. But we do our best to advertise the animals with Petfinder and similar organizations.
The shelter will transfer its animals to a new building on North Street in September. The new shelter is double the size of the current one and will provide extra runs for dogs and a separate area for cats.
"We want people to know we're here," said Rameor. "These animals are looking for their forever home."
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