HSTC is constantly striving to improve its operations. Over the past five years, the shelter has increased the number of programs and services offered to the community.
In 2013 HSTC built an on-site surgical clinic and isolation unit to treat sick and injured animals, reducing the number of animals that needed to be euthanized.
HSTC expanded its on-site adoption programs to two thrift stores in Stuart. The satellite operations resulted in an increase in animal adoptions and HSTC’s Live Release Rate. Twenty percent of HSTC’s adoptions now occur through the two thrift stores.
Six months ago, HSTC created a foster rescue position due to the increase volume of animals needing extra placement beyond the walls of our shelter. More than 1,000 animals go through the foster and rescue program.
We continue to search for a full-time veterinarian to fill the needs of our shelter. We currently rely on five contracted veterinarians to service several thousand animals per year.
We partner with local veterinarians and specialists to treat animals that present with certain medical issues.
We have will be taking appointments for owner requested euthanasia services for the public to provide better service in this area.
We have joined the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network, the Million Cat Challenge and Shelter Animals Count to work with responsible like-minded rescues and shelters to save more lives.We are also a United Way Affiliated Agency.
We have expanded our low cost spay neuter program which now provides more than 2,000 surgeries annual for animals in our community, including may underserved communities
Our humane education programs reach more than 2,000 students annually and are part of the curriculum at senior centers, assisted-living facilities, the Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center and other organizations.
We have worked for years and will continue to work with experts in the field of animal behavior to assure that we have the most current best practices regarding behavior assessments in our shelter
We are the only open access non-profit animal shelter from Vero Beach to Miami, which means we are the only organization in South Florida to never turn away any animal for any reason.