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What “At Capacity” Means for the Shelter and Our Community

The Eau Claire County Humane Association (ECCHA) is currently at capacity at the shelter and searching for adopters and foster homes. 


Unfortunately, this isn’t new for many shelters across the country — You could say this about any place in the U.S. right now, and it would probably also be true.

At ECCHA, surrenders continue to come in every week, with surrender appointments for both cats and dogs booked out until February 2024. And there just aren’t enough adopters.


What does this mean for the animals?

When ECCHA is at capacity and animals stay in the shelter longer, it limits ECCHA’s ability to take in and help new animals. Staying in the shelter longer can also be stressful for animals, which can lead to sickness or behavioral issues. While ECCHA provides the best care possible, an animal is much better off in a home than with us.


What does this mean for the community?

Reversing this trend requires our community’s support. We know all too well that housing is one of the largest reasons for people giving up their pets. Luckily, earlier this year, the City of Eau Claire increased their pet limit per household to 3 dogs, 4 cats, or a combination thereof (not to exceed a total number of 5 animals, over the age of 5 months). 


Furthermore, ECCHA is hoping more of the Eau Claire community will come visit the shelter and meet their new best friends (we’re open during the construction of the new animal shelter!). We have open hours each week, and we’re always available for appointments — all you have to do is call the shelter!


Not in the market for a new furry friend?

One of the biggest ways you can support all shelters is to have your pets spayed/neutered to prevent more unwanted pets in the community. Check out Purple Cat Mobile Vet Clinic for low-cost alter surgeries.

Consider volunteering, fostering, or spreading the word about adoption and share adoptable animals with your friends and family! Did you know that approximately 40% of dog owners and 46% of cat owners learned about their pet through word of mouth? (Source: APPA)

Another easy way to get involved is to follow us on social media! Each week, we post our wish list of most needed items on our Facebook page. Sharing is caring!

Contact Us

Whether you’re looking to adopt, volunteer or simply want to chat about your love for animals, we’re all ears (and paws). Contact us today!

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