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Overcrowded conditions prompt Humane Society of the Treasure Coast to offer deep discounts

Doreen Poreba
August 19, 2014

It’s doing more than raining cats and dogs at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. The Palm City shelter is “flooded” with adoptable animals that are now are lining the nonprofit organization’s hallways. To ease the overcrowding, the HSTC is deeply discounting its adoption fees until further notice. The adoption fee for dogs, normally $120, is now $25, and cats, usually $40, are now $5.

The HSTC serves as Martin County’s only 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.

“We are the only open access shelter from Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale that does not euthanize animals when we are overcrowded,” said HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente. “Because we never turn an animal away for any reason, we find ourselves in this position from time to time and we need help.”

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, 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 and Twitter at and Instagram at hstcadopt. For more information, visit or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 •


4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave

Palm City, Florida 34990

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