Cold Weather Means Crowding at Animal Shelters
About 200 cats and dogs are spending the holidays at the Animal Protective League. This is the place they'll call home until someone adopts them.
There's usually a full house at the APL year-round. End-of-year donations help carry them through winter into March, which is typically a slow time for adoptions. Lately, there has been a steady stream of new pets flowing into the shelter, and they expect that trend to continue.
"They're out and active looking for food, so we do see a lot of hit by cars," the Animal Protective League's Deana Corbin said. "In the past, when it gets super cold, we've seen frostbite before. There's just lots of issues with the cold weather that bring the sick and injured to our doorstep."
Maggie Mae, a cat, has the longest stay at the shelter. She's lived there for a year and a half now.
Up until the end of December, there's a "cats and hats" special, where you can adopt a pet for as little as $5.