The Edmonton Humane Society is seeing a spike in animal admissions earlier this year, a trend officials are hoping to stop in its tracks.
“Our animal numbers seem to be growing earlier than normal,” said Shawna Randolph, spokeswoman for EHS. “It’s not even the end of February and we already have over 400 animals in our care.”
According to Randolph, that’s about 100 more animals than they were caring for this time last year.
She’s hoping it’s not a sign of what’s to come for the shelter.
One trend the shelter hasn’t been able to buck since 2007, is the annual increase of total animals brought to the shelter.
“Every year the number of admissions goes up by about 1,000 animals,” she said. “It’s been a steady increase.”