The Times-Journal is a pet’s paradise — it’s more than 20 people who will play fetch for hours on end if your pup so desires. So, we feel like it’s important to spread the word about the pet problems we have in this county. You may have seen in yesterday’s paper, but in 2016 alone, 2,932 animals were surrendered, 590 strays picked up and only 174 adopted and 44 returned. 2,053 of those were euthanized. Those numbers are staggering.

The DeKalb County Animal Adoption Center does an amazing job caring for and adopting out these animals, and they do so with limited funding. So, volunteer groups like the Friends of DeKalb County are so vitally important.

The DeKalb County Commission approved a $200,000 appropriation to the center on Tuesday, which goes toward salaries, maintenance and medical care, food and other pet needs. While that seems like a lot, it doesn’t go far.

So, volunteer, adopt or donate to the organization if you are able — you’ll have a good opportunity Oct. 14 at the adoption center’s 5K Run for Rescue. Find out more by calling 256-304-0474.

Our View is the opinion of the Times-Journal’s editorial board, which includes Publisher Tricia Clinton-Dunne and Managing Editor Bradley Roberts.

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