Even before Hurricane Florence forced the evacuation of pets from the Carolinas to local shelters, Palm Beach County has been in the midst of an animal crisis.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control announced Monday it is in desperate need of help from the animal rescue community.
The County’s shelter at 7100 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach is overcrowded, and adoptable animals are in danger of being euthanized because of a lack of space, director Dianne Sauve said Friday.
Sauve said the shelter is in the midst of a summer-long peak period of stray activity — particularly with cats — and it hit a boiling point early this week.
“We were really struggling with what to do,” she said.
Local animal rescue organizations have stepped in to help.
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has taken in 58 cats and 15 dogs during the past two days from Animal Care and Control, bringing its total number of animals taken in from the county’s shelter to 1,142 during the past 12 months.
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and the Brevard Humane Society also have taken in animals this week.
However, Animal Care and Control needs help from other local organizations and the public, Sauve said. As of Friday morning, the county’s shelter has 359 animals in its care, and receives an average of 50 additional animals each day.
On Tuesday, Animal Care and Control announced it had waived adoption fees for cats and kittens and also was offering a ‘name your price’ adoption promotion for all dogs in its adoption program, through Sept. 24.
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League also has special adoption promotions. For information, visit www.peggyadams.org.
If rescue organizations are able to help, they are asked to contact the following Animal Care and Control staff: Sunday to Thursday: Suzy Dannelevitz - firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-233-1252, or Tammy Roberts - email@example.com or 561-233-1281; Friday and Saturday: Kelly Diegert - firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-233-1219.
The Humane Society of Greater Jupiter/Tequesta also is looking for help from the community.
Its Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch locations in Palm City and Jupiter have reached capacity, and the organization is asking for donations, resources and those willing to foster or provide adoptive homes.
The Palm City ranch took in four large dogs from South Carolina in advance of Hurricane Florence, Furry Friends programs director Karen Counts said, and does not have room for more.
“It’s really bad right now,” she said of the overcrowding.
For information, visit www.furryfriendsadoption.org.