ROANOKE, Va. -

The Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection is crowded.

“It's a result of Mother Nature giving us all of these kittens that have been born through the spring time and people moving during the summer,” said Executive Director, David Flagler.

It's a move that sometimes forces owners to give up their pets. Some animals have been found wondering on the streets.

“Obviously when the shelter becomes overfull and we cannot adopt them, then these animals face a difficult journey,” said Flagler.

It’s a journey that ultimately leads to death. It's especially hard for shelter workers who care for the animals every day.

“We bond with them and we're face with the difficult task of euthanizing these animals when the shelter becomes beyond capacity,” said Flagler.

Shelter workers say one of the only perks of being at full facility is that families have more options to choose from.

Other options of saving the animals are slim, like sending them to other shelters.

“The problem that we face is animal shelters throughout the country experience the same problems every summer,” said Flagler.

The hope for the center is that more people will decide to adopt pets.

Adoptions can be made through the local SPCA or Angels of Assisi Clinic.