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Deadline Extended To Save Sheltered Animals In Greenville

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***UPDATED THURSDAY 11:00 AM***

The deadline to rescue 73 animals on a "super urgent" list at an upstate shelter has been extended.

Workers at Greenville County Animal Care say they have been overwhelmed with the response after word of the animal's plight got out.  Originally, the animals had until 11:00 AM Thursday, or the shelter would move forward with euthanization.  Now, that deadline has been extended, as workers try to pair animals with willing adopters.

Animal Care does not open until noon on Thursday.

***POSTED WEDNESDAY MAY 8, 2013***

Sheltered animals in Greenville County are getting a "last shot" at survival, through a list being circulated by Greenville County Animal Care.  Director of Community Relations Susan Bufano says the "super urgent list" has been around for a while, but it's never been this big.  "We typically don't ever see 73 animals on the list," Bufano says.  The dogs and cats on the list have their pictures posted at the shelter entrance, and plastered all over FaceBook, in hopes of finding them a home in time.  Bufano says they have until 11:00 AM Thursday before they're forced to euthanize the animals.  "These 73 animals have just kind of been overlooked, and now we've got to get them out of here.  We're just asking people to please consider adopting," Bufano says.

The plea for animals on the list is only part of the problem, according to administrators at the shelter.  The facility is built to house 600 animals.  Right now, they're keeping roughly 800, which is 30% over capacity.  Bufano says they're about to head into a busy summer season, when they typically accept about 100 animals per day.  "There's going to be a lot more coming in," she says.

For now, the plea to the public with the super urgent list appears to be working.  Animal lover Angela Brown saw the pictures online and rushed in to save a dog on the list.  "I have lots of love to give, and an extra big yard, so I figured why not," she says.

She's hoping more people will respond the same way and give every animal on the list a home, before it's too late.  "You're buying these animals a life, please come out and help them," she says.

If you're interested in rescuing or adopting one of the animals on the super urgent list, click here to see their pictures.

You can also go to Greenville County Animal Care at 328 Furman Hall Road in Greenville.  The deadline to help is 11:00 AM Thursday, May 9.

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