Walle, 4-year-old mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound, celebrates after winning top honors in the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Everyday we invite you to share your stories with us. It's called "My Story". Thursday morning, one of our viewers asked to investigate overcrowding in area animal shelters.
Lillie got us started after she sent us a Facebook message saying Blount County Animal Center was overflowing with animals. So we took a trip to Maryville.
Sherry Murphy is here looking for the perfect dog. Sherry Murphy says, "She just looks like she wants to go home with me. She just looks sad and I think I can perk her up."
She's decided to adopt instead of buying a full blooded Pomeranian.
Sherry says, "They need homes as bad as full blooded dogs or worse."
Right now Blount County Animal Center is over capacity with 79 dogs.
And so many cats, 80 are in foster care. Blount County Animal Center Director Charles Rafford says, "This time of year cat's give birth. We've had a large large influx of cats."
In Knox County, Young Williams Animal Center faces the same problem cages full with dogs and cats and more than 300 cats in foster homes. Young Williams Animal Center Director Monica Brown says, "26:31 cats are harder adoption most people come in looking for a dog, they'll take one kitten but two dogs."
So if you're looking for a pet, save a life and adopt. Sherry Murphy says, "I'm going to spoil her rotten."
Both centers are offering great discounts on cats right now.