For months Winnebago County Animal Services has been dealing with an influx of homeless animals coming to the shelter, and now, likely because of 4th of July fireworks, the shelter may be hitting its limit.

CARE for PETS posted this on Facebook over the weekend, and when I saw it my heart immediately dropped.

I reached out to Donna Apgar from Winnebago County Animal Services to see if the above information was true, and she said that the shelter isn't quite full yet, but that their "cat population is climbing".

WCAS being full is an immediate problem that we the public need to help fix. For starters, spay and neuter your pets; microchip them and make sure they wear an identification tag. If Winnebago County Animal Services is unable to take in lost or stray animals, this leaves so many of them in danger. They are danger of getting hit by a car; getting injured by wildlife, and so much more.

Don't get me wrong, reaching capacity DOES NOT mean that the shelter will begin euthanizing animals to make room, but it does mean they will have to begin turning away animals in need unless we help them clear the shelter.

If you have been thinking about adding a furry member to your family, please consider adopting one today at Winnebago County Animal Services. These loving animals need us, and they are waiting patiently to meet you.

Check out adoptable pets, and fill out an adoption application in advance at

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