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Local Animal Shelter Sees High Demand For Rescue Pets

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As 2014 ends and the new year begins, 'Top 10' lists get written and end-of-the-year numbers get tallied. For one animal shelter in Bloomington, the numbers this year are looking better than ever.

"Except for the year that we did the ASPCA adoption challenge in 2012, this is the highest amount of animals adopted we've ever seen," Laurie Ringquist, director of the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter, says.

The total amount of adopted animals in 2014 is 2,247, with pets varying from dogs and cats to snakes and lizards, and even a goat.

People adopted 31 more pets this year than last, and Ringquist says there could be a few reasons for that, one being social media spreading awareness.

Take this Facebook post for example:

This Bloomington Animal Shelter's Facebook post detailing the different animals adopted got almost 30 shares in the first few hours it was up and it's a trend that Ringquist says has played a large role in increasing adoptions.

"A lot of people come in and say, 'Oh, I saw this one on Facebook!' and by posting pictures of other people adopting animals it can prompt them to go to the shelter and adopt themselves," she says.

As NPR reports, the high demand for rescue dogs nationwide has led to shelters and rescue groups importing them from other states and even other countries. Something similar is happening at the Bloomington animal shelter where Ringquist says that the large amount of adoptions has allowed them to reach out to other shelters in the area and bring in those animals.

Ringquist also says as the demand for rescue animals is going up, the supply is going down. That's in part, she thinks, because of the strong spay/neuter campaign Monroe County has initiated which has led to fewer accidental litters of puppies and kittens.

Bloomington Animal Shelter's first adopted animal of the year was a terrier named Boss.

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