Small blue marks on a white card determine who gets to stay, and every day new tenants fill recently vacated kennels.

The Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter is now at a 54% euthanasia rate, according to Paula Taylor, interim director of the animal shelter. Since the first of the year, they’ve had more than 2,000 animals cross through their doors and only 380 were adopted in the last six to seven months, she said.

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