Animal Care

“We’re drowning:” Jackson Animal Care Center overwhelmed with record-breaking intake, lack of supplies

The Jackson Animal Care Center is facing overwhelming odds as a record number of animals are brought to the center, while peak birthing season is only beginning and supplies and funding are running low.

“At this point, we’re drowning,” said Jackson Animal Care Center Director Whitney Owen. “I’m full. Period. I don’t have anywhere to put anything.”

After posting a desperate plea for community involvement on Facebook, Owen explained that the numbers are simply getting out of control.

“For the first three years that this place was run by the city, we took in around 600 animals a year,” she said. “We managed to increase our intake by about 68 percent last year—during a pandemic, which we were pretty proud of—so we managed to take in 900 animals last year.