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Animal Foundation says shelter is full

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COURTESY ANIMAL FOUNDATION

People wanting to turn in a lost animal or put one up for adoption should wait until the weekend, the Animal Foundation requested today.

The rescue group said its Lied Shelter, which is under contract with the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County, is full and has asked people to postpone dropping off animals until there is more room. Space is expected to open up this weekend. (Henderson operates its own animal shelter.)

“We are doing everything possible to save as many lives as we can, and if you can hold on to any animal you find or wish to surrender for just a few days, it will make a tremendous difference in our efforts to solve this challenge,” said Christine Robinson, executive director of the Animal Foundation.

While the group said it would not turn away animals, it is asking people to instead notify county Animal Control or try to locate lost animals' owners.

People who find stray pets are asked to report it to Animal Control, as required by law, and to either try to contact the owner if the pet has a visible identification tag with phone number, or take it to a veterinary office to be scanned in case it has a microchip that can lead to the owner's identity. Additionally, the Animal Foundation's lost-and-found coordinator ([email protected]) should be notified in case the owners calls the shelter.

Animals that are a threat to the health and safety of the community should be taken to a shelter immediately, the group said.

To facilitate more adoptions, the Animal Foundation is extending its Dog and Cat Days of Summer adoption special through Sunday, with savings of up to 85% on almost all adoptable dogs and cats.

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