Adopt a Furry Friend

  • September 22, 2014
  • Bradley Taylor

cat and dog sleeping togetherFor the entire month of September, the Brevard County Animal Services is once again offering its popular Wheel of Adoption incentive program!  Once you become eligible to adopt one of these lovable, but homeless, creatures, you simply spin the wheel and see what type of incentive you get. If you hit the right spot on the wheel, you could actually get all adoption fees waived!  This is a savings of up to $80 per pet. Through the wheel program, you could also win prizes or win a reduced adoption fee.

All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, are current on vaccinations, and are micro-chipped prior to becoming eligible for adoption.  Adoption centers can be found in both Melbourne and Titusville. 

The Brevard County Animal Services is a busy place.  In the month of July alone, they took in 232 stray dogs and 413 stray cats.  During that same month, they only adopted out 111 dogs and 86 cats.  Unfortunately, during that same month, 89 dogs and 179 cats were euthanized.  Although the numbers euthanized in 2014 are much lower in comparison to the 2013 numbers – that is still quite a large number.  It should be noted that many of the animals that are euthanized are done so out of medical reasons or behavioral issues.

The Melbourne center currently has 35 adoptable dogs – everyone from Hank, the hound dog to Sully, the Australian cattle dog.  55 cats are up for adoption at this time.   You can find Sonic, Kit Kat, Gizmo and Buttons – all looking for a cat-loving home.  If you want something a little different, there is one guinea pig and one short-haired rabbit available.  They also have a lost Armadillo that’s assumed to be one year old and are currently looking for its owner.

In September, there will be rescue events on the 13th at the Merritt Square Mall and on the 20th at the Bass Pro Shops in Palm Bay.  You can check out some of the available pets at these locations.

Perhaps you’re an animal lover, but just aren’t able to bring a new pet into your house, Animal Services can still use your help.  They take monetary donations online and at the center.  They also take donations of animal food, kitty litter, towels, laundry detergent, anti-bacterial hand lotion and pet treats.

Volunteers are also needed.  The shelter is looking for people who will help out with animal care, provide customer service assistance, exercise the dogs or clean up after the cats.  To become eligible to volunteer, you must first be approved through the Brevard County Sheriff’s office and attend orientation and training.

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