TAVARES – Judging from the line of people waiting for the doors to open, Lake County Animal Services puppy and kitten baby shower, held on June 28, was a success from the start. The event, which was the first of its kind for the shelter, saw a record 33.5 percent of the shelter’s animals available on the adoption floor adopted in a single day.
Of the 52 adoptions, 24 were puppies, 19 were kittens, five were older dogs and four were older cats.
“We cannot thank the community enough for stepping up and showing their support for this wonderful event,” said Brian Sheahan, Lake County’s Director of Community Safety & Compliance. “In addition to the many pets that were able to find homes, citizens also brought more than $2,000 worth of food and supplies to help care for the shelter animals.”
To continue the upward trend of adoptions at Animal Services, foster families are needed to care for animals with minor injuries, puppies and particularly, kittens, for short time periods until they’re old enough to be returned to the shelter and offered for adoption. Training is available through Lake County’s Volunteer Program by filling out an application at www.lakecountyfl.gov/volunteer.
Since the expansion of the program in May, Animal Services has sent over 100 animals to foster homes, many of which have been returned and been adopted, while dozens remain under the care of volunteers.
Animal Services is also urging pet owners to take advantage of the county’s spay/neuter rebate program, which encourages residents to bring their pet to a local veterinarian to have them sterilized, then complete an application through the county that will provide up to a $50 rebate. The program has $50,000 of funding allocated with the mission of helping reduce the overwhelming number of unwanted animals that end up at shelters. To date, the county has paid out nearly $33,000 since Oct. 1, 2013. Rebate application forms can be downloaded online at www.lakecountyfl.gov/rebate or obtained at Lake County Animal Services.
To find out more about Lake County Animal Services, or to adopt or make a donation to help with the care of shelter animals, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/adopt, visit the shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, or call 352-343-9688.