The next 125 adoptions at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast will be free, thanks to the generosity of the Floridian Discount Insurance Agency in Boca Raton. The business responded to a plea made by Jennifer Ross on the Sunny 107.9 morning show in which she talked about the urgent need for adoptions at the HSTC due to overcrowded conditions. The result was a $2,500 donation to underwrite the reduced adoption fees. The adoptions will start this Friday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. Adopters will still need to fill out adoption applications and go through the interview process as usual.
On Monday, the HSTC put out an urgent cry to the media to help spread the word about its overcrowding and the need for adoptions. To give people an incentive, the HSTC announced deeply discounted adoption fees for dogs at $25, normally $120, and cats, at $5, usually $40, until the overcrowding can normalize. The news release prompted coverage by several local media outlets and the HSTC Facebook page received more than 40,000 hits. The media coverage resulted in 14 adoptions and 18 holds in one day but there are still animals lining the hallways and more adoptions need to take place.
The HSTC is the only open access shelter from Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale that does not euthanize animals when the facility becomes overcrowded. No animal is ever turned away for any reason. 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 and thrift stores’ adoption hours are 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.
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, one $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, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com