Memphis Animal Services pleads for adopters as shelter reaches capacity


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Animal Services is begging people to adopt after a surge in dogs and cats filled every kennel.

“We’re literally talking about life and death here,” MAS Director Alexis Pugh said. “There are animals in this building that may not make it out alive if our community doesn’t step up and walk through these doors.”

Pugh says the shelter always sees more animals coming in during the summer months, but this year, the situation is even more dire. They’re seeing a 30 percent increase, leaving the shelter overcrowded and out of kennels. That’s why MAS staff posted an SOS on Facebook Saturday morning, urging people to adopt.