Farmington Animal Shelter in staffing crisis

Posted at: 07/18/2013 11:25 AM
Updated at: 07/18/2013 11:26 AM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Farmington Animal Shelter is in a staffing crisis.

"A lot of employees work through their lunch time because we're so busy with a lot of animals coming in a lot of animals coming out,” said Samantha Embry, the shelter’s volunteer coordinator.

Staff says the two biggest challenges are the physical and emotional demands of the job.

“We have them brought in in Tupperware containers with no air flow... It's very emotionally draining to deal with people who don't care,” Embry said.

The shelter is at capacity with a recent influx of puppies and kittens. With the high intake, sometimes the idea of euthanizing the animals is too much for staff.

"There's not always a happy ending, when there's a  happy ending it's wonderful but it doesn't always work that way."

But even with a small staff, they still have a lot of people interested in volunteering.

"It’s just kind of disheartening to know that were having some problems now so I was just coming into see if there was anything that can be done,” said Andrea Buchla, a volunteer candidate.

And it's animal lovers like this that the shelter wants to employ.

"We want people to be a voice for an animals that can peak for them that want to show there love that want to show them the compassion they’ve never been showed in their life,” Embry said.