Orange County Animal Services is sending out a distress call this weekend as it is faced with caring for more than 700 animals.

The county shelter has roughly 383 animals currently onsite at its shelter and another 319 in foster care at the moment, after receiving 114 animals on Thursday, June 9th alone – according to a press release, 40 of those animals were confiscated due to concerns for their safety and poor living situations.

The shelter is seeing a higher demand for its services as renters face higher housing costs and are forced to surrender their pets because they are either unable to care for them, can’t take them with them to their new homes, or they’re simply not interested in caring for them (to which I say, you probably shouldn’t have had that animal, to begin with).

The county is asking people who find stray pets to take steps to reunite them with the owner prior to bringing them to the shelter, in an effort to relieve some of the stress on the shelters at this time and that anyone looking to surrender their pets to reach out to local rescue groups first.

Adoption fees have been reduced to $25 for the foreseeable future and the county is actively recruiting new members for its foster care program.

Brendan O'Connor

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