SRCAS request for media support
The Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter is currently at full capacity with over 300 animals receiving care. While the recent addition of a foster care program has been a large relief, the shelter’s space and resources are limited. Providing care for the growing numbers of dogs and cats is becoming increasingly difficult. The shelter’s goal is to provide a positive outcome for every pet that enters its doors. But, to maintain impressive lifesaving numbers, continued support is needed from the community and partnering organizations.
Finding homes for adoptable pets is only a small part of the shelter’s duties. Staff provide care for the stray, sick, injured and behaviorally needy animals. All pets receive shelter, food, medical care, spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and more during their time at the shelter. Sadly, the shelter's current situation is the result of irresponsible pet ownership and not spaying/neutering pets.
Current status of shelter pets as of noon, Tues., June 1:
- 9 Pending Adoption
- 46 Available for Adoption
- 13 Welfare Assessment
- 139 Unavailable Foster
- 4 Rabies Observation Quarantine
- 11 Foster to Adopt
- 15 Pending Medical
- 11 Stray Hold
- 23 Property Hold
- 1 Pathway Evaluation
- 23 Need a Foster Home
- 3 Return to Field
- 7 Process to be Moved to Adoptions
- 3 Behavior Modification Training
- 6 PetSmart
- 1 Waiting to be Returned to Owner
With 227 cats and kittens, the shelter heavily relies on foster homes to provide the routine care and safe environment the shelter cannot manage. A foster can only care for one litter at a time, and fosters are difficult to find due to the level of commitment required. There are currently 135 kittens in 37 different foster homes. To continue providing care for these young kittens, the shelter greatly needs more foster families to care for litters including training, food and medication. Visit the Foster Program
webpage to register and find more information.
The shelter is also asking residents to stop picking up stray kittens. By removing kittens from their home and bringing them to the shelter, the risk of illness greatly increases. Leaving kittens with their mother until they are at least eight weeks of age is the best way to save lives. Unless a kitten is visibly abandoned, sick or injured, do not bring it to the shelter. The shelter is willing to provide vet care to stray kittens if the resident dropping them off is willing to foster them. Otherwise, the shelter has extremely limited resources to care for these kittens.
The shelter is also overrun with dogs but limited in kennel space. The majority of dogs aren’t even available for adoption, but are on stray or legal hold and cannot leave the shelter. Microchipping is the best way for pet owners to keep their dogs and cats safe. If a pet is lost, the owner should check the shelter
daily, as well as post photos in their neighborhoods and share them to local lost/found pet groups on social media.
The shelter would greatly benefit from foster homes
providing care for sick and injured dogs, as well as rescue partners who could pull our dogs to open kennel space. Rescue groups interested in helping our shelter should contact the rescue coordinator, Tara DeAguilera.
Others who are interested in helping the shelter, but cannot foster or adopt at this time, can donate to the shelter’s medical fund
or purchase supplies from the Amazon wish list
Click here to view a video of the shelter’s pet abundance.
Private media tours at the shelter and interviews can be scheduled by contacting Leah Thornton
Thank you for your invaluable assistance.
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