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Edmonton Humane Shelter sees overwhelming response to overcapacity problem

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Humane Society has had an overwhelming response after, for the first time in its history, having to refuse pets due to being overcapacity.

Since the announcement was made on Wednesday, the situation has improved, thanks to the soft spot Edmontonians seem to have for animals in need.

“We had so many people coming to our website to look for adoptable animals or to donate money to the shelter or supplies, that the server couldn’t handle it – it crashed our website,” explained Travis Grant with the Edmonton Humane Society.

The shelter saw 22 adoptions on Wednesday and 35 on Thursday, which is about 15 more than a mid-week peak adoption day. Grant is hoping the trend continues.

“Generally speaking weekends are our biggest adoption days. We’re heading into a weekend so we remain positive that adoption numbers will be strong and that admission of strays will hopefully be lower.”

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The adoptions have allowed the shelter to once again accept dogs and puppies given up by their owners. However, it has to be an emergency situation and owners will be charged double the normal surrender fee.

There are already about 220 animals in need of a home. If you’re interested in adopting one, you can check out photos of the animals on the Edmonton Humane Society Facebook page until the shelter’s website is back up.

With files from Laurel Clark, Global News

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