Until animals are adopted from the Rutland County Humane Society, the facility has stopped taking in new animals.
The shelter has a capacity for 50 cats and 18 dogs, but the Humane Society currently has 122 cats and 25 dogs. The director says to ensure animal safety they have stopped taking in animals. The last time they were forced to do that was seven years ago.
The Humane Society says what is important now, is for people who are able-- to adopt.
"You really can't warehouse animals, it's not healthy for them, it's not right to do. So, we had to weigh serving the community, against the health and well-being of the animals. And we also had to put the word out that we need the community's help," said Gretchen Goodman of the Rutland County Humane Society.
The freeze could last for up to six weeks. In the meantime, if you desperately need to put your animal up for adoption, call the Humane Society and they will work to find a solution.