Animal Charity broadcasts a day in the life of a shelter dog

Animal Charity live-streamed dogs at a kennel so people could see what it's like for animals to not have a home for the holidays

Dog in cage. Oct. 23, 2015

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Alone in a cage.

That’s how dogs spent their Thanksgiving weekend at Animal Charity of Ohio in Boardman, which has taken in 312 dogs this year — more than double from last year.

This has led to volunteers thinking of creative ways to get some of those animals a new home.

A live stream was shown all day on Thanksgiving on the Animal Charity’s Facebook and YouTube pages, showing what it’s like for dogs to spend a day at the shelter.

“In the hopes to raise some awareness for adoptions,” said Animal Charity Board President Mary Louk. “You know, coming out volunteering and donations. All of those things.”

Don Mraovick is an adopted dog owner who recognizes the problem.

“There’s too many homeless,” he said. “You got places like this and other rescue groups in the city and the area and the county that are working overtime to get these poor little things adopted.”

While Louk is certainly proud of Animal Charity’s efforts of housing the large number of dogs, there are consequences.

“With that has come an unbelievable increase in expenses.” she said. “We have spent well over $100,000 caring for our animals this year.”

Animal activists say there is a solution to the problem.

“It’s responsible pet ownership,” Louk said. “I can’t tell you all of the people that will show up not only at the humane society, but the rescues and the pound saying, ‘You know, my cousins are coming for Thanksgiving. I can’t take care of this dog anymore — I am just going to turn it in.’ That puts a big responsibility on us.”

Mraovick thinks the livestream is a good plea for help. He has four shelter-dogs of his own and says adoption is the only way to go.

“Wonderful, wonderful!” Mraovick said. “They tend to adapt very quickly and very well.”

Animal Charity says anything helps: donate money, volunteer at shelters or adopt a new pet. For more information on how to do so, check out its Facebook page or call 330-788-1064.

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