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Shelters say they are seeing more strays and people letting their pets loose instead of taking them into shelters because they can't take care of them anymore.

However, there are always other options to find them a better home.

At the Scott County Humane Society, the number of strays coming in has gone up but letting pets loose only wastes time. Time that could be spent finding a new home.

"You're not doing them any favors because they have to sit here for seven days and wait for an owner to claim them," Executive Director of the Scott County Humane Society Pam Arndt said. "We don't know their name, we don't know how old they are. If you give it to us, you can give us all that information, and it will help us find that pet a new home."

Volunteers said misinformation about shelters or guilt could be the reason why so many pet owners take alternatives instead of bringing in their pets.

"A lot of times they're afraid a shelter will automatically euthanize them," Arndt said. "That's not so much the case in a lot of shelters nowadays."
   
Shelters do have to euthanize pets that are dangerous or have serious health risks but volunteers say most pets are better off being surrendered than left on their own. 

"It's hard and they feel guilty but please please please it's always better to call a shelter, call a rescue, try and get them into it if you can't keep them," Arndt continued.

For pets that aren't getting the attention they need, concerned neighbors could be their only hope. 

Just watch your neighbors. If they have a dirty outside, don't take care of the outside, and they know they have a pet or two and try and get in there and talk to them," Manager of Teske's Darcy Rogers said. "How much they're going in and out and smell or all kinds of litter around. If they're looking a little thin, call animal control they can go check it out. If it's something that needs to be addressed it will be, if not, then ok."

There are checks in place to prevent animals from falling into the wrong hands and at most shelters you have to go through an extensive application process.
     
Animal control will come by and do a check on your residence. They'll also make sure you're employed and can take care of your future pet. Most reputable breeders will do the same.
    
Pet stores do not have a background check process but can refuse a sale if they don't think a buyer is ready for the responsibility.