FORT LAUDERDALE – Shelter pets are in need, and you can help by spreading the word. Those who follow news and events on their local pet shelters understand the general problem with pet inventory at the shelters. While there are certainly many adoptable pets available who are right out front in the adoptable areas at your local shelter, no one seems to understand the volume of pets coming in as owner surrenders, confiscations and strays brought in by Animal Care Officers and the public. The constant flow of inventory never seems to stop, with a great imbalance coming in the back door while far fewer go out the front. Ultimately the shelters are overflowing, and many pets are in danger of being destroyed.
When the informed public sees the shelter’s list of urgent and/or “LAST CALL” pets, they scramble to get them adopted, rescued, or fostered. This drill goes on daily all over the country, as animal advocates run around with a single bucket of water, seemingly trying to put out a 10,000 tree fire. Those with a passion for the animals cannot help their reaction. Many rant that the shelters should give them more time, etc. But what becomes of the pets coming in the intake door while those in the adoptable section are given more time? Shelters simply can’t house thousands of pets, and they need more community help to support their efforts to get pets back to their owners, reach more adopters, find fosters and work with rescue groups…not to mention large-scale spay/neuter programs to help decrease shelter intakes overall.
If stories like this aren’t shared far beyond the usual circle of pet advocates and outside the existing list of facebook posters that currently tag and share the urgent pets and ‘last calls’, this harsh reality with continue to exist.
Shelter pets are counting on us to recruit for their cause. Please read this, share it, email it, pass it along to friends, family, neighbors, kids, at church, the YMCA, work, the gym…anywhere you think folks need to be educated. In addition, of course, high volume spay/neuter programs and other plans to help assist with pet population are necessary, but that’s another story for another day.
For example: Right now, Broward County Animal Care & Adoption has a 2 for $12 Cat Special. Its kitten season and their kitties are in dire need of homes so all cats and kittens are available for adoption at the special rate of 2 cats/kittens for $12. This includes all cats at our Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach Adoption Centers, as well as all cats located at Pet Supermarket stores throughout Broward County, FL. Fostering of kittens under 2 months old is also crucial since kittens under 2 months cannot be sterilized or adopted and the shelter cannot house them. Broward County has over 1.8 million residents, yet less than 8,000 folks follow their shelter pages on facebook based on the county’s Urgent Dog facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/urgentdogsbrowardanimalcareandadoption?fref=ts and their Urgent Cat facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BrowardCats?fref=ts.
Better public support could help. Donations, volunteers, fosters, rescue group coordination and pro-active spay/neuter support are some elements the public can contribute to this great cause. Man’s best friend is counting on it.
Support is needed from the community to help change this reality. Please share this story to widen the circle of friends supporting your local shelter pets.
If you can foster, rescue or adopt the pets featured in this artcle, please email CGipson@broward.org very quickly, or go to:
~~Broward County Animal Care and Adoption(Main Shelter)~~
1870 SW 39th Street (S.W. corner of the Airport Perimeter Road),
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315, or call (954) 359-1313 x 9248.
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