Principal says it’s ‘especially difficult for big puppies’ • Tamarac Talk
By Agrippina Fadel
It’s all paws on deck at the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center. The shelter is over capacity and staff are hoping county residents can help.
Jenna Jones, animal care behavior and training manager, said the shelter can house 106 dogs and 160 cats.
“The cat population at the shelter remains relatively small, but we now have 126 dogs, twenty more than we can comfortably accommodate. That may not seem like a big difference, but that’s a lot of living things in one. building,” she said.
Jones said Broward Animal Care ideally prefers to operate at 70-80% capacity, which allows staff to provide better pet care and use resources efficiently.
She said the number of admissions — or dogs entering the shelter — has declined and is now below pre-pandemic rates. They are mainly wanderers, brought by the police or Good Samaritans. In better times, when the shelter has space, it also accepts abandoned animals.
Even though stray dogs on the streets are decreasing, the shelter still has too many dogs hoping to find a forever home and a new family. Jones said it was “especially difficult” for large pups.
“We recently held a ‘Go Big or Go Home’ event, promoting large breed adoption. It has helped a few of our proteges find their humans, but the turnout hasn’t been as good as expected,” she added that not all families have the means or the space. to adopt a large dog, so they are often prevalent in shelters.
Jones said residents could help by adopting or fostering dogs and cats. Even a night or a weekend away from the kennel can give dogs a much-needed break. The Animal Care Center also accepts donations of dog toys, blankets and beds and invites citizens to volunteer at the shelter and help care for animals in need of love and attention.
And don’t forget to update their dogs’ microchip information, she added, and file a missing animal report with the shelter when the family’s pup goes missing. “It helps us reunite dogs with their families faster.”
She added that the shelter also operates as a support and resource center for families who already have pets. “We want all pet owners to know that if they’re going through a tough time and are considering giving up their cat or dog, we’re here to help in any way we can – with advice, free food , supplies or basic medical assistance. Anything they need to be able to keep the animal in the family,” she said.
The Broward County Animal Care Adoption Center is located at 2400 SW 42 Street, Fort Lauderdale. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Adoptions are free and include neutering, vaccinations, a microchip, and a Broward County pet license tag.
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Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has resided in the United States for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.