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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

October 6, 2008

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Overpopulation is a huge problem for animal shelters. More than seven million dogs and cats are put to sleep every year because there just isn't enough space.

Now, the Humane Society in Bainbridge is taking part in a contest to win 10,000 dollars for a much needed makeover.

At the local animal shelter Monday, little puppies and kittens wanted nothing more than a happy home. But for now, their home is at the Bainbridge-Decatur County Animal Shelter. A shelter in dire need of expansion, and repairs.

"We have a chance to get a 10,000 dollar makeover which we desperately need because our building is very limited as far as space goes and we have lots and lots of animals coming in and we don't have the funds necessary to keep them as long as we would like to," says Jennifer Dupree, Animal Caretaker.

The 10,000 dollars she's referring to is the grand prize in a contest CARE2.com started a couple weeks ago.

The America's Favorite Animal Shelter contest will award one local shelter the money when the contest ends November 1st. And voting is easy. All it takes is the click of your mouse.

This shelter has been struggling for a couple years now. A few months ago they thought their doors would have to shut for good.

One of their biggest problems, overpopulation.

Right now is the perfect time to adopt a pet. The shelters are filling up fast and not enough people are getting out and adopting.

"We are one of the very few that have an open door policy, all animals from anywhere are welcome, any type of animal. And we do get full unfortunately and that is when we have to euthanize," says Dupree.

"It's very small, most other shelters have twice as much room if not more," she says.

If you want to help the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society or vote for your own local animal shelter, click on the link below.

http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest

Right now a shelter in Oklahoma is in the lead with over 2,000 votes. The shelter in Bainbridge has only 115 votes so far. Feedback