Shelter finds homes for abandoned animals

Leslie Irwin founded the shelter for animals who survive abuse, neglect and abandonment in 2002.

"We get over 200 e-mails every single day from animal control facilities asking us to take on animals --cats and dogs," said Irwin. "We take what ever we have space for but there's a lot out there that still need to be rescued."

Animal House Shelter is a no kill, not for profit shelter that operates round the clock with a full time staff of 12. Further assistance is provided by volunteers who donate their services.

"She's worked very hard to get it where it's at to day," said Carl Romero. "It's an on going process trying to raise money to make sure the animals are cared for properly."

The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and can accommodate 300 animals- dogs and cats. In the past six years, more than 8,500 pets have been adopted out from the facility.

On average, 200 animals are adopted a month. They're quickly replaced by animals from other shelters.

"I truly feel that this is what I was meant to do and that just gets reiterated with the success of the shelter. We're doing something right. It's a very warm and good feeling, but at the same time is still that over lingering stress of the fact there are so many more still out there that still need our help," said Irwin.

To learn more about the Animal House Shelter, visit

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