GLENVILLE -- The Animal Protective Foundation in Glenville is looking for the public's help after more than 40 pets -- from dogs to guinea pigs -- were turned in at its shelter Thursday afternoon.
The unidentified owners, from a single household in Schenectady, had to surrender the pets to city animal control because they were no longer able to care for them due to medical issues, foundation officials said.
The influx of pets included three dogs, 12 cats, 11 guinea pigs, 13 birds, four fish and a hamster. The dogs, cats and small mammals will stay in the APF's care for now, while the birds and fish have gone to partner organizations. The cats are all adults, but not a lot is known about the animals' histories -- just that they need care.
"It's a big batch of animals at one time," said Nancy Betz, the foundation's senior development director.
While the new animals won't be immediately available for adoption while they are evaluated for medical or behavioral issues, officials at the non-profit shelter are asking the public to consider adopting one of the dogs, cats or other animals that are available, which would free up room in the shelter for the new arrivals. The shelter, located at 53 Maple Ave., is open for adoptions Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Financial donations to pay for such needs as veterinary exams, vaccinations, antibiotics, spay/neutering, and flea and tick treatments are also being accepted. Tax-deductible donations may be made online at animalprotective.org, or by sending a check to the Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave., Glenville, NY 12302.