Wednesday, September 5, 2012

LEE COUNTY PET SHELTER IN CRISIS

Lee County Domestic Animals Services’ Shelter takes in 10,000 animals annually and consequently suffers from overcrowding even under the best of circumstances. More than the usual number of dogs
entered the shelter over the Labor Day weekend when outdoor activities resulted in more missing pets.  In addition, the summer lag in adoptions is still in effect.

“A minimum of 30 dogs need to be placed to prevent the euthanasia of healthy adoptable pets due to owner irresponsibility in never reclaiming their owned animals,” says Donna Ward, LCDAS Director.  “Only 13 out of every 100 dogs and less than one of every 100 cats are ever reclaimed by their owners in our community.  Shelter employees shouldn’t have to euthanize animals due to irresponsible owners and animals shouldn’t have to pay with their lives,” she adds.

LCDAS offers numerous programs such as “Trap, Neuter, Return” (TNR) which provides free sterilization for feral cats and “For Pits Sake” which provides free sterilization for Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes.  The agency’s Community Pet Pantry Program provides free spay/neuter, food and supplies to keep pets of economically disadvantaged owners from being surrendered to overcrowded shelters.  Microchip ID clinics are offered the first Friday of every other month to provide economical permanent identification so pets can be returned to their owners.

To help alleviate the overcrowding and place the pets into permanent homes as quickly as possible, Animal Services is offering a “Back to School” adoption special the entire month of September.  Each adopter may draw a coupon worth $20 to $50 off the regular adoption fee for the pet they would like to adopt.  With the adoption they are eligible to win one of two backpacks filled with school supplies.  The discount coupons will save adopters at least 20% and as much as 100% off the regular fees plus cats and kittens are two for the price of one!

Even though adoption fees will be reduced, all pets adopted still will receive sterilization, age appropriate vaccinations, county license, microchip ID, de-worming, flea treatment, a heartworm test for dogs, feline aids and leukemia test for cats, 10 Day Health Guarantee, and a bag of Hill’s Science Diet dog or cat food.  The adoption package is valued at over $500!

Lost pets and pets available for adoption can be viewed online at www.LeeLostPets.com or visit the shelter at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers. Adoption viewing hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.  You can even submit your adoption application online before you come to the shelter.  The shelter’s website updates hourly.

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