Palm City, Fla. — For the second year in a row, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is seeing an increase in animals being surrendered during the summer months. For the last couple of weeks, the Palm City shelter has maintained a steady number of 150 animals up for adoption with a peak of 180. Usually that number is between 100 and 110. To prompt more adoptions, adoption fees are being reduced to $10 for cats (normally $40) and $60 for dogs, or half off the normal adoption fee of $120, until at least the end of July.
The HSTC is the only open access shelter from Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale that does not euthanize animals when the shelter gets overcrowded. Open access means the shelter accepts every animal that is brought to it, unlike other pet agencies that turn away animals they deem to be unadoptable or that come from other counties or states.
“By not turning any animals away, that’s a great benefit to the animals,” said HSTC Operations Manager Candice Veach. “Otherwise, I don’t know where they would go. But it puts us in a predicament.” That predicament means rather than housing all of the pets in the usual three by five foot space, some are being placed in crates in the hallways, which is not ideal for the pets. “As quickly as we’re adopting them out, we’re receiving them, which keeps the numbers steady,” said Veach. “We’re doing our best to keep the animals comfortable by walking them more and doing extra cleaning.”
Adopters can visit the shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., Palm City, Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., (Wed. until 7 p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Interested parties must go through the HSTC adoption interview and review process to qualify as an adopter. 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 and thrift stores’ adoption hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 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 homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.