Amid inflation, Lincoln shelter takes in most dogs since July 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – With rising prices everywhere, times are tough financially for many.

That’s causing an influx of animals at shelters across America and hurting donations at pet food banks.

Nebraska is not immune to this trend.

The Capital Humane Society adopted out around 90 animals last month, but it also took in around 250.

“The month of June was the most dogs that the organization has taken in in a single month since July of 2014,” said Executive Director Matt Madcharo said.

He said dogs pose the biggest challenge locally.  On the flip side, cat intakes are down, and adoptions are up.

“Overall this year, canine intake is up 21% through the first six months compared to last year,” Madcharo said.

Owning a dog can get expensive, when you factor in vet bills, food, and boarding them if you go out of town.

But Madcharo said dogs’ lack of training is also causing problems.

“Yes, there is an increase in surrenders, and yes, there is an increase in lost dogs that are coming in that are not being claimed, but it seems like a lot of it is also behavioral,” he said. “I think there is a correlation there between the financial climate that we are in and pet owners maybe not having the resources to access affordable behavioral training.”

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors has been helping families in Lancaster County with food and spay and neuter services for 14 years, but it is struggling lately.

“Our problem at this point is that some of the donors that we had prior to the pandemic, because of different reasons during the pandemic, have not been producing the donations that they were before,” co-founder and President Mary Douglas said.

The Capital Humane Society just started a similar program, offering services like vaccinations, microchipping and flea and tick prevention to those who qualify.

“Also, it gives them access to a pet food and a pet supply pantry,” Madcharo said.

The shelter has offered this service only four times for a total of 12 hours, but it has already helped over 80 animals.

“In June alone, over 1,000 pounds of dry cat and dog food were distributed through the program,” he said. “Over 500 cans of canned food were distributed and over 300 pounds of litter. So there is definitely a need.”

The humane society is hoping to receive grants to expand the program to include affordable training.

Donations are always welcome, and Lincoln Animal Ambassadors asks any business that would like to have a donation drop-off bin to let them know.

There are currently only two bins: at the Super Savers at 56th Street and Highway 2 and North 27th Street and Cornhusker Highway.

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