Animal intake spikes at Lewis and Clark Humane Society

Nolan Lister

The runaway housing market and lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have put a strain on Lewis and Clark Humane Society in Helena. 

Like animal shelters across the nation, Lewis and Clark Humane Society has seen an unprecedented spike in animal intake.

So far this year, the local shelter has taken in about 200 animals more than it did during the same period last year.

In total, 882 animals have come through the organization’s doors since Jan. 1. A little more than 500 have been adopted out and 248 were returned to their owners.

Currently, the shelter is caring for 216 animals.

About half of those are with the shelter’s 85 active foster families, “but we’re still almost full,” Lewis and Clark Humane Society Director of Development and Communications Cassidy Cook said in an interview Tuesday.

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“We’re teetering on the brink,” Cook said. “We are getting to the point where we have to say no to people (who need to surrender their animal to the shelter).”

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