Animal Charity is overflowing

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Animal Charity Humane Society is overwhelmed with animals, especially dogs.

The agency said it does not like to turn any animals anyway, but needs the public’s help to alleviate the overcrowding.

“We were at 40 dogs and then today we had two more come in and we’re scrambling trying to figure out where we are going to keep these dogs,” Animal Charity Director Shalyse Bolash said.

Because it is running out of space to put the dogs, the shelter is placing cages in the room. But after Thursday, the agency is not sure it can take even one more dog.

“We can’t keep up with it,” Bolash said.

The overcrowding is starting to wear down employees who work closely with the dogs. And the dogs can sense the stress the overcrowding has caused.

“It does get overwhelming and it breaks your heart,” animal caretaker Nicole Braun said. “I feel bad for them. You look at their face, you see the sadness they feel and the stuff they have been through and it’s just heartbreaking.”

As a caretaker, she can only imagine what the dogs are going through.

“You have to put yourself in the position of the animal. They don’t like being in the cage,” Braun said.

Animal Charity employees and volunteers are doing the best they can to take care of all the animals, but they would like to see the numbers decrease.

“We are comfortable with about 20 to 25 dogs and we are pretty much double that currently,” Bolash said.

This shelter usually handles humane cases, such as animals who are abused and abandoned, but they also take on other cases even though they are not legally obligated to do so.

“Eighteen out of the 42 dogs have come from people that were arrested, that were pink slipped or in the hospital, or from disasters of some sort,” Bolash said.

She is asking more people to consider adopting a dog to alleviate the overcrowding. But for those who do not want to adopt and provide a dog with a forever home, there are other options that can help create space for the dogs as well.

“Even if they just want to foster, it helps us free up space,” Bolash said.

By fostering an animal, a person would only be responsible on a temporary basis. If more animals are not adopted, Bolash said Animal Chairity will have to stop taking the cases they are not legally obligated to in order to focus more on the humane cases.

Adoption fees are nominal and include shots and vaccinations. Those interested can fill out an application at Animal Charity, 4140 Market St. in Boardman, or email

Volunteers also are needed to walk and care for the agency’s adoptable dogs. Pet supply and monetary donations are always welcome as well, Bolash said.

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