Humane Society of the Treasure Coast enters next phase of development with groundbreaking
Palm City, Fla. — Over the past 55 years, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) has prepared thousands of animals of different breeds and temperaments for adoption. Some come in healthy while others arrive injured or present with symptoms that require treatment. That’s why the HSTC’s next chapter is such a necessary, major advance — the building of a brand new isolation ward and the renovation of a portion of its Palm City shelter for a cutting-edge surgical suite. Last week, construction began under the management of Kirchman Construction. Local architects Kelly and Kelly developed the project’s plans.
“There are no time constraints on hope,” said HSTC President & CEO Frank Valente.
“Our foster program can only handle so many sick animals. The next logical step in the growth of our organization is to create a dedicated isolation ward to treat sick animals and a state-of-the-art surgical suite for high volume spaying and neutering.”
The isolation ward will be used to treat sick dogs and cats that have illnesses that require rest and medication, resulting in hundreds of additional lives saved every year. The surgical suite will allow the HSTC to improve the high volume spay-neuter program with pre-op and post-op areas and additional services such as dental cleanings. The John Waddell Cat Room will feature a place for cats and Lucy’s Place for Dogs will be designated as an area where dogs will be recovering.
“We see hundreds of sick animals every year,” said Valente. “The addition of the isolation ward and surgical suite will enable us to improve our overall veterinary care of our shelter animals.”
The HSTC is still looking to raise an additional $1 million for its Animal Wellness Fund and to buy equipment for the new areas.
“This growth absolutely would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters,” said Valente. “We are so grateful to those who have already gotten involved and look forward to expanding our support for this pivotal project.”
For those wishing to support this project, call Karen Bellucy at 772-600-3212.