MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) – Ethan Bridges met his furry friend, Oscar, around the neighborhood and soon realized they had something special in common.

“I am adopted personally and some people are not always in the best position to adopt animals so they are forced to bring him here,” said Bridges.

Animals that are abandoned or surrendered by their owners often end up in shelters where they face uncertain futures.

“The companionship, I live by myself. I have Oscar and when I come home, I get to give him a good warm hug,” said Bridges.

Days have been “ruff” for Ethan but now realizes that anything is “pawsible” when you have a dog.

It is good to know they are in a good place, a good safe home filled with lots of love and maybe a little too much human food.

When the pandemic forced Kentuckians indoors many families grew, some by four legs.

And now the shelter said more people have had a change of heart and it is overcrowded.

“Today we have had a total of eight, Oscar was number eight, and they are split down the middle, with four cats and four dogs, so we are pretty excited,” said Madison County animal director Katie Hall.

They’re in need of a second chance, so I really hope that people do consider coming by and visiting, setting up a meet and greet and see how the animals fulfill that need that the people feel,” said Hall