ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. – Orange County Animal Services is begging the community to adopt pets as it has reached capacity with over 700 animals in its care.
The shelter said it received 114 animals on Thursday, making a total of 383 animals physically in its shelter and another 319 in foster care.
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Many pets are turned over to animal services because the shelter said owners are no longer able to care for them with rising housing costs.
In May, the shelter said it received 361 pets from owners who couldn’t care for their animals or wanted to care for them more.
The shelter has reduced adoption fees for cats and dogs to $25.
Other ways the shelter says you can help are by doing the following.
Residents who find stray animals should take steps to reunite them with their owners before bringing the animal to the shelter.
“In the vast majority of cases, stray animals are within 2 miles of their home,” said Diane Summers, animal services manager. “Not all owners know or think about coming to the shelter when their baby is missing. If the finder can take steps to reunite the animal with the owner, by verifying a microchip ID, posting the found animal on social media sites, and sharing fliers in their area, it can help reunite a family.
Animal Services also asks owners who feel they need to surrender their pet to explore all options before resorting to the shelter.
“We implore pet owners to take all possible steps before coming to the shelter at this time, this means reaching out to friends and family for help, reaching out to groups local emergency services and try to resolve the issues before giving up,” Summers said. .
And if you can’t adopt a pet, you might consider becoming part of their foster program.
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