The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s shelter is filled to capacity and the intake of cats and dogs continues to climb. To ease the overcrowding, the HSTC is offering cat and kitten adoptions from July 13 through July 31 for just $5. Additionally, the shelter will waive the adoption fees for featured dogs (not all dogs). The normal dog adoption fee is $120; cats, $40.
“This is a crazy situation,” said HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente. “It is so hard when we are the only ones taking them all in from Boca Raton to Port St. Lucie.”
The HSTC serves as Martin County’s designated animal care and control facility and as such, must accept every animal that is brought to its shelter. Other animal care organizations have the option of selecting only those animals they wish to take in.
“During spring through fall we take in an average of 300 cats and 200 dogs a month,” said HSTC Director of Operations Candice Veach. “Last month we received more than 400 cats and in the first eight days in July we’ve already accepted more than 100 cats. This is the intake on top of the already filled shelter.”
This intake has resulted in animals having to share cage space. Other animals are housed in crates and airline kennels that line the halls and other areas of the shelter, which only happens during times of overcrowding.
“We tend to see an increase in animals — especially cats and kittens — being brought into HSTC around the summer every year. This is most commonly referred to as “kitten season,” said Veach.
Kitten season usually starts in the spring, increases in late spring and early summer, and ends in the fall.
According to Veach, the main reason for animals being surrendered to the shelter is that the owners state they have “too many animals,” with the majority of that number being cats and kittens. The number two reason is that the owners are moving and they can’t or don’t want to take the pet with them.
The HSTC also maintains a foster program for animals with special needs. These pets stay in a foster volunteer’s home for two to six weeks to take advantage of a more focused and less stressful environment. Foster volunteers also are utilized in overcrowding situations but in times like this, more fosters are needed.
“The shelter is looking for loving families to adopt the shelter pets to free up space for another animal to enter into the adoption program,” said Veach. “We hope this deep discount will give an additional incentive to those looking to adopt.”
Dog and cat adoptions are available at the HSTC shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., in Palm City. Cats also may be adopted at Thrift Store Central, 2585 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, and at Thrift Store North, 1099 NW 21st St., Stuart. The shelter’s and thrift store’s adoption hours during the promotion are Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wed. from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and on Sun. from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Each adoption includes sterilization (spay or neuter), an overall wellness check, age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies, first de-worming of hookworms and roundworms, microchip and registration, heartworm test for dogs (six months and older), feline leukemia test for cats, free 30 days of Pet Health Inc. pet insurance, a coupon for $5 off Hill’s Science Diet pet food and $30 off one HSTC dog obedience class.
To see photos and descriptions of available animals, visit the website, http://www.hstc1.org. For more information, call 772-223-8822.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. As a local Humane Society, HSTC is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hstc1 and Instagram at hstcadopt. For more information, call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com.