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For immediate release - Jan. 7, 2005

New operating hours for animal shelter boon to pets

TAVARES — Newly increased service hours for the Animal Services Division of the Lake County Department of Public Safety have been a blessing for hundreds of abandoned animals.

This past October, about three hours per day were added to the operational times at the Lake County Animal Shelter. The shelter is now open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“We are seeing a huge amount of adoptions,” said Marjorie Boyd, Animal Services Division Director. “People are able to get off work and make it here before we close.”

Last year, the shelter set a new record as about 12,000 animals were received. The shelter receives not only dogs and cats, but exotics and livestock to include cattle, horses, sheep and goats. Boyd estimates at least 20 percent more adoptions occurred since the increase in shelter hours, which is remarkable considering the change in service was not formally promoted.

“There are still a lot of people that don’t know we are open later,” Boyd said. “We hope the more people that know about these hours the more animals that will get adopted.”

In addition to the longer shelter hours, Animal Services is also extending its telephone hours fielding more questions and animal control calls. The Division telephone hours are now from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Five new positions were added to accomplish the change in service, including one dispatcher, two animal control officers and two shelter technicians.

The Lake County Animal Shelter is located at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares. For more information about pet adoption, please click here or call (352) 343-9688.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

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