Animal shelters overrun with furry flood victims

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Animal shelters across Middle Tennessee say they are being overrun with animals displaced by the floods. The Tennessean reports people have been finding animals in basements, attics, ventilation shafts, vehicles, bushes and on the streets.

Some have microchips and collars but the phone numbers listed for them are temporarily out of service. Shelter directors say they're running out of space and there aren't enough foster families to go around.

The Nashville Humane Association was so crowded last week that it stopped accepting strays and lost pets. For the time being, all its space is for families needing temporary boarding for their pets. Meanwhile, Metro Animal Care and Control is letting animals stay two weeks or even indefinitely if they have a collar or microchip.

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