By Shaun Kelly, HSTC Volunteer
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is not just about dogs and cats. There are almost always a variety of bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters and other small critters in residence as well.
But did you know, as the area’s only open admission facility for all domestic animals, that domestic pigs, chickens, roosters and even ducks have found themselves in the care of our local shelter?
One recent unique resident was Prim the pig. Prim is an adorable little gal brought to the shelter by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit. About 8 months old on her arrival, Prim was at the shelter for about a month and half before being adopted. Although she certainly generated a lot of interest, it’s not your everyday adopter who is looking for this type of domestic companion.
Currently in residence at the shelter are two chickens and a rooster who wants to make sure everybody knows he’s there!
Our humane society always does everything possible to get these types of animals into a comfortable environment as soon as possible, including driving them several hours away to Rooterville, a farm animal sanctuary located in central Florida.
The preference is to try to place these animals in our own area so as to not overburden the sanctuary that accepts animals from all over the United States.
Community members interested in adopting these types of companion or farm animals are encouraged to let our humane society know of their interest. In this way, folks who have expressed a desire to help when these animals are received can be contacted directly to lessen the amount of time the animals will need to spend in the shelter.
Although shelter staff does its very best to create a familiar environment for these animals, the hope is always to get them back in a comfortable environment as soon as possible. Contact the main shelter at the phone number below to pre-register to help in these situations.
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast does not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals to create space or place any time limits on its adoptable animals. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.