TAVARES — All this week, volunteers from RescueU have labored to provide needed improvements as part of a grant awarded to Lake County Animal Services, which will help accommodate the basic necessities of animals they house at the shelter.
“The volunteers have been working diligently, and the changes that have been made so far will greatly improve the services offered at the Animal Shelter,” said Gregg Welstead, director of Lake County’s Conservation & Compliance Department.
As part of the improvement efforts at the shelter, The Petfinder Foundation recently raised $800 from local residents via a Groupon campaign toward a new outdoor cat play area at the facility.
“The play area being renovated will offer fresh air, cat trees, scratchers and toys, and will exercise cats’ bodies and minds while letting them engage in instinctive behaviors to help prevent stress,” said Emily Fromm, vice president of development at the Petfinder Foundation. “With the cats calmer and able to display their personalities, they are more likely to find adoptive homes.”
RescueU is sponsored by the Petfinder Foundation and The Animal Rescue Site. Fromm said that during normal breaks in the academic year, RescueU brings a group of volunteers from various parts of the country to a shelter for a service project to meet a specific need of that shelter. Lake County Animal Services was chosen out of many locations in the country for a grant valued at $20,000 to $25,000 – in addition to the labor provided by the students.
To learn more about the Lake County Animal Services Division, call 352-343-9688 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/conservation_and_compliance/animal_services. Animals may be viewed for adoption from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first, second and fourth Saturday of each month, at Lake County Animal Services, 28123 County Road 561, Tavares.