Posted Online: July 09, 2013, 11:05 pm

Local animal shelters beyond capacity

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By Seth Schroeder and Jonathan Turner

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Vickie Sanders, president of the Moline Aid Humane Society at 239 50th St. in Moline, holds one of many cats that are in need of adoption, as the shelter is offering a 2-for-1 adoption special for adult cats 1 year old and older until the end of July.
The Animal Aid Humane Society and Quad City Animal Welfare Center are bursting at the seams.

Patti McRae, executive director of Animal Welfare Center, said the shelter at 724 W 2nd Ave., Milan, has space for about 90 cats and 37 dogs, and they've been at, or close to, capacity for the past few months. Since it's a no-kill shelter, she said they can't take additional animals if they are at capacity.

Vickie Sanders, president of the Animal Aid Humane Society, 239 50th St., Moline, said the shelter has about 100 homeless cats and kittens, although they typically have a capacity for about 60.

"The Quad-Cities is in need of more animal shelters," she said. "There is not enough room for all the animals that people are calling for us to take."

Ms. Sanders said a lot of people want to get rid of their pets."It's very sad that the animals can't be placed. The owners may euthanize them due to nowhere to take them."

Ms. McRae said shelters seem fuller during the summer, which might be because pets are outside more often.

She said animal center workers don't question people who drop off pets."Every releaser has a story. A lot of it is financial."

When the center is at capacity and unable to take an animal, Ms. McRae said they try to help offset the cost of taking care of the pet, such as food, spay or neuter services and vaccinations.

For people still unable to take care of their pets, Ms. McRae said they should post the information on social media to get the word out that they're seeking a home for the pet. However, they shouldscreen anyone interested in adopting their pet to ensure they can provide good care.

It's illegal to abandon a pet, and pets running at large can cause traffic problems and create other nuisances, Ms. McRae said.

Ms. Sanders said the Moline Animal Aid is offering a 2-for-1 cat adoption special through July 31. Cat adoptions are $40.

Shelter hours for the Animal Aid Humane Society are from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 309-797-6550.

Hours for the Quad City Animal Welfare Center are from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 309-787-6830.

The Rock Island County Animal Care and Control Shelter, 4001 78th Ave., Moline, couldn't be reached for comment. Its hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, call 309-558-3647.