Overcrowded Kansas animal rescue sounds the alarm for help

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MISSION, Kan. (KAKE) -

An animal rescue group says it's battling one of the worst overcrowding situations since it opened seven years ago. 

WDAF reports Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption in Mission is packed with 150 puppies and dogs and 70 cats and kittens. 

"It's just been horrible. There's so much need, and we're not one to sit back. It's pretty bad right now. Adoptions aren't as high at this time of year, as usual," said Danielle Reno. 

For the last several weeks, Reno and her team at the shelter have rescued dozens of dogs and cats from all around the Kansas City area. Many came from hoarding situations. Others are strays.

"We got in some cute, little pit bull mixes during the round-up, and these puppies were living under a house. Basically just an unwanted litter," said Jacob Meyer who works at the no-kill shelter.

Reno said adoptions aren't as high at this time of year as usual. 

Now, cats are in every corner in one room, and dogs are doubling up or confined to tight cages. Shelter workers are doing the best they can to keep the animals comfortable.

"We desperately need more foster homes. We need more adopters," Reno said.

"We have tons of puppies. Dogs that are also a little bit older. If that's what you're looking for, we got it. Senior dogs that are great pets as well," Meyer said.

If you want to help, call Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption Center at 913-831-PETS, or go to their website.

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