KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 4/11/10, 10:30 AM

Posted: Updated:
By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Susan Scherl, Executive Director of Hope Animal Shelter. Due to the continued economic challenges, animal shelters are seeing more and more perfectly healthy pets come through because people can’t afford to feed them. 

Scherl says pets are sometimes abandoned in foreclosed homes or left behind in apartments after tenants have moved out.  She says Hope Shelter is a cage-free facility where dogs and cats have room to roam and play.  She says the animals are kept until they are adopted.  She says some animals are hard to adopt out, due either to medical issues or to being not especially people friendly.  She says the Shelter regularly receives animals from the County Animal Control Center. 

Scherl says all animals are spayed or neutered immediately upon arrival at the Shelter, if they have not been done so already.  She says the biggest challenge in tPima County is too many puppies and kitties.  She says people who think they’re going to “breed” a dog should think again.  She says it is almost impossible to sell puppies and kittens this way.  It just adds to the animal population. 

Scherl says the Shelter has a food for pets program, whereby they donate pet food to people who cannot afford it.   She adds, volunteers are always needed, to provide companionship to the dogs and cats at the Shelter.