Most animals are strays and find a temporary home at the Union County Animal Protection Society-- or UCAPS.
Connie Reems is the acting manager, “It’s about 10,000 dollars to operate the shelter for one month and that including labor, electricity, water, cleaning supplies, feedings.”
Problem is--- UCAPS only gets ten thousand dollars a year from the county-- the rest has to be made up in donations.
Reems works at UCAPS, she says adoption and surrender fees help keep the shelter running but it’s still not enough.
Since UCAPS has so many cats and dogs right now they are having to keep cats in the office.
Reems hopes with this months half off adoption special they can find most of the animals a good, loving home.
“As soon as an animal gets adopted there is about 10 more that are ready to go in that cage, that people need to bring to us.”
Recently, the Union County Sheriff’s Office began sending non-violent jail mates to help out at the shelter-- Reems says that keeps operating fees to a minimum.
“We just have little guardian angels that donate frequently and regularly and they help keep us open and keep us running.”
Adoption fees are usually in the 30 to 50 dollar price range but this month you can take home a loving cat or dog for half the price.