Local No-Kill Animal Shelter In Need

March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM EDT

Marilla, N.Y. (WKBW)- Pet Connection Programs Inc has been saving the lives of animals for nearly 30 years.

"We rescue mother dogs and cats that are pregnant, nursing, orphans as well," President Julie Garvey said.

There have been hundreds of puppies at the non-kill shelter in the passed few months. Presidents of the non-profit Julie Garvey said they nurse the puppies and their mom back to health, and then they work to get them adopted.

"Have to start giving them fluids, medication, tube feeding. There is a big process to get them back," Garvey said.

Garvey said all of this costs some big bucks, about $250,000 a year and she said they are running low.

"We need help. The thing about an animal shelter is that you don't know what's coming in next," Garvey said.

Harvey said shelters like these are a necessity. Many of these animals would have been left on the streets to die or even euthanized at another facility.

"We've created a concrete jungle for these animals and they depend on us. When these people abandon them, they have just the shelters to rely on," Garvey said.

Although this shelter is an answer after the pups are born, Garvey said there is a pro-active approach that pet owners can take.

"That is the whole key spaying and neutering. We keep hoping every year that's going to happen," Garvey said.