Gruen said the Salem Council will have to decide if they are interested in helping Jefferson County expand or "there is an option that it may be more cost effective for us doing it on our own."
"We probably couldn't handle another county, especially this time of year," Boykin said. "We're crunched for space. In early fall and winter we may have available spaces but this time of year we stay full."
Jefferson County has up to 36 kennels for dogs and about 25 for cats. If pets are unclaimed for seven days they go up for adoption. Boykin said the local facility works with several no-kill rescue facilities in finding legitimate homes for the pets.
"We have a very good adoption rate, and we get several dogs out a month. Right now we can handle what we receive, but anything new might be questionable," he said.