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Union County Animal Control urges adoption

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UNION COUNTY, Ill.-- Union County Animal Control is reaching capacity and fears it could soon be forced to euthanize animals. It would be the first time in seven years the agency would have to put down a dog due to space.

Animal Control Officer Mitchell Pauling and Rescue Coordinator Lisa Thompson would like to see Holly, a 10-month-old lab mix, adopted. They say dogs like Holly, named after the December holiday flower, are typical this time of year. 

"The lady that had her, had her and just couldn't take care of her anymore, so she relinquished her to us," Thompson said. "We're getting dogs that are basically the Christmas presents that have outgrown the cute puppy stages." 

Although, its not just strays that animal control takes in. "We handle court case dogs, bite holds, our regular stray holds and owner surrenders. We're getting people who have multiple cats having kittens," Thompson explains. 

Union County Animal Control makes it a priority to take care of dogs and cats for as long as possible. "We have opened up some foster homes to get some into foster care to kind of balance it for right now, but we're really at that maximum at this point," Thompson says. 

However,  Thompson and Pauling are concerned the facility could soon surpass capacity, especially during fourth of July celebrations. "A lot of dogs are deathly afraid of the fire works and the noise that they are making. It will scare them, they'll jump their fences, and get away.," Thompson says. 

If that happens, Holly will be one of the first dogs to be put down. Instead, Thompson and Pauling would like to see her, and the other animals, adopted. "Now she's here trying to find her forever home, hopefully we can help her with that," Pauling says. 

For those interested in adopting through Union County Animal Control, the cost is $50 for a cat and $70 for a dog. This includes the fee for the animal to be microchipped. The facility will also transport animals for adopters to anywhere in the country, and Canada, for free. For more information, click here.

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