The Humane Society of The Treasure Coast (HSTC) is an open shelter, which means that no companion animal will be turned away regardless of the condition in which the animal is received. Animals come to the shelter directly from residents of the community and from Martin County Animal Services. Some of these animals – those that are feral, dangerous, sick with contagious diseases or too ill or injured for us to treat – cannot be placed in homes for adoption. There are times that the only humane option is to euthanize the animal. Currently, Martin County laws do not allow us to trap, neuter or spay feral animals for release back into the wild. We are working to change that. Thus, there are many challenges we face as we work to carry out our mission.
In order to address the many challenges of shelter medicine in a shelter that may have up to 300 animals living in it on any given day, we invited the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine – the state’s foremost expert in shelter animal care – to review our entire operation.
We also advised the University of Florida team of concerns brought forth by the very vocal critics of HSTC. After an extensive evaluation of our operations and administration, the UF experts recognized HSTC for its clear commitment and concern for animals, and for the outstanding caring and life-saving accomplishments of HSTC. The experts found our staff to be intelligent, professional, and transparent as to the needs of the Shelter, and they commended us for the quality of care we provide to the population of Martin County. Three other independent investigations of the Shelter operations also resulted in findings that HSTC provides compassionate care to abandoned and homeless animals.
We still have work to do. We will continue tirelessly working to improve the lives of animals. We are grateful to our employees, volunteers and supporters, all of whom are involved with us because of a shared commitment to animal welfare in our community.
Frank Valente, CEO HSTC & Jeff Atlas, Board Chairman HSTC
May 24, 2016