Dogs in Need

By Erika Mahoney

July 10, 2012 Updated Jul 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Overcrowding in local dog shelters means volunteers are more crucial than ever, and County Executive Debbie Preston is asking for helping hands.

108 dogs have already been adopted from the Broome County Dog Shelter in Binghamton this year.

At this time last year, only 68 dogs had been adopted.

In order to accommodate this rise in abandoned, stray and unwanted dogs, volunteers are needed.

Since this increase, certain programs have had to scale back, including the nursing home program.

Debbi Preston says that volunteer tasks are not only limited to dog tasks.

"This opportunity is available to more than just dog lovers," said Debbie Preston. "No matter your skill set, we have a role for you at our dog shelter."

Other tasks include laundry, landscaping and fundraising.

She also said that adoption is needed too.

"There are so many loving dogs up here that need to be adopted," she said. "You just have to come up and walk through. And I will tell you, when you look at them, you heart melts."

If you are interested, you can call the shelter at (607) 778-2493.

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Broome County Dog Shelter