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Clark County animal shelters struggle as adoptions fall, more owners seek to re-home pets

Humane Society for Southwest Washington, West Columbia Gorge Humane Society are keeping animals longer

By Zoë Buhrmaster, Columbian staff writer
Published: July 14, 2022, 6:01am
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Kittens Janet, left, and Chidi, both 11 weeks, enjoy some downtime at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington on Tuesday morning. "At the end of the day the victims are the pets, and you don't know if they're going to survive or not," said Michelle Simeone, director of the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.
Kittens Janet, left, and Chidi, both 11 weeks, enjoy some downtime at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington on Tuesday morning. "At the end of the day the victims are the pets, and you don't know if they're going to survive or not," said Michelle Simeone, director of the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Local animal shelters are filling up as adoptions decrease.

Adoptions have slowed by 40 percent since November 2020, said Andrea Bruno, president of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. The average length of stay at the shelter has grown from 11 to 16 days.

Bruno said the primary change has been an increase of dogs with behavioral issues.

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