Adoption Center saves homeless pets from euthanasia

Episode Date: February 19, 2018
(REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.) – Every day, more and more shelter pets are being put down due to overcapacity issues, according to Delaware Humane Association (DHA) adoption center manager Jody Rini.
“We just brought in five new dogs and four cats from Wilmington that have been brought in from high-yield shelters (kill shelters) from throughout the country,” said Rini. “What we’ll do is check in with some of these centers around the country and see what their capacity is as far as how much room they have. If they’re overcapacity, what happens is they start to have to euthanize the animals in order to make room for more animals to come in."
To help save lives, Rini says the DHA in Rehoboth Beach takes in shelter pets that are on block to be euthanized in hopes they’ll finally find their forever home.
“This is a weekly event. As our inventory goes down or the adoptions take place, we’ll continue to bring them in,” explained Rini.
Rini says there is a great need for what they’re doing, and it shows. Since the DHA officially opened its Rehoboth location in September 2017, it has adopted out nearly 175 cats and dogs.
“They all need homes. We try to give them dignity, treat them with respect, make them into pets again and give them the opportunity to flourish and be our lifetime friends,” said Rini.
“I think these animals have been through so much. They’ve been through so many places and in so many different environments,” said Marianne Varano, DHA assistant manager.
Varano says many of the animals she sees have often been surrendered because the former owner could no longer take care of them. She’s also seen cases of abuse and neglect.
"These animals are so important because they’re looking for the love they haven’t had. They’re looking for consistency and someone to stick with them. You can see it in their eyes, you can see it in their faces when people come to greet them. All they want is to be a part of your family and be loved, and I think in some ways they’re more grateful because they finally found that,” explained Varano.
To learn more about these animals, visit the DHA in Rehoboth Beach located at 18675 Coastal Highway (Midway Plaza). Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.