Vanderburgh Humane Society dealing with overcrowding issues

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Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 11:38 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Vanderburgh Humane Society officials say they are so overcrowded that workers are facing euthanizing both cats and dogs for space.

According to a social media post, the Humane Society has over 500 cats right now and too many dogs as well.

Director of advancement, Amanda Coburn says the shelter is to the point where they may have to use euthanasia.

“When there’s no end in sight and we have to keep taking them in and helping people who need to surrender their pets... euthanasia is pretty much they only option, Coburn says. “So, that’s why we wanted to let the public know this is where we are. The hope is that we can avoid that.”

They say employees are overworked with the number of animals they have at the moment.

Officials say they haven’t been faced with euthanizing for space in almost three years.

For those looking to help, VHS officials say they are looking for volunteers and donations.

The Humane Society also says they are offering 50% off fixed animals through Saturday.

For those who are interested in learning more about adoption at the humane society, you can visit their website at