(BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala.) - The Humane Society is all about adoption – when you bring in an animal there’s a no-kill policy.
"Space and money, it costs money we would not ever adopt an animal that's not been spayed or neutered, that doesn’t have its shots that hasn't been fully vetted is what we call it, that costs money" says Karen Ignatz with the Baldwin County Humane Society.
Director Karen Ignatz has been here for only 12 weeks. She walked into a delicate situation after more than 100 animals had to be rescued from puppy mills gone bad in Summerdale and Elberta earlier this year.
The rescued animals are still being sheltered at kennels and in some cases the Humane Society has had to turn away pets.
Money is one of the bigger issues and they always need more of that. They also need pet foster parents that goes a long way too.
Dawn Arends is one of several pet foster parents – and there aren’t enough she says. Doing what she does helps with the adoption process.
“If you have them in a home they can come see the pet in a normal setting, it makes them easier to place” Arends says.
Saving a pet is the reward, but confronted with a tough economy and overcrowding of pets, the Baldwin County Humane Society may be in jeopardy. Closing down shouldn’t be an option, but it could happen.
"You know you have to deal with reality so I would like to say ,no, that that would never happen in a million years. I’ve only been here 3 months - things aren’t going bad but they are not going terrific” says Ignatz.