In response to a critical overcapacity crisis, Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control (PBCACC) is launching an initiative to encourage community members to adopt animals in need. Throughout the month of July, all pet adoptions fees are $4.
PBCACC has been facing a significant increase in the number of abandoned, stray and surrendered animals in recent months, which has led to the unsustainable situation of having more than 400 animals in its care.
The capacity for care is stretched to the limit, prompting PBCACC to take immediate action. By reducing the adoption fee to an affordable $4, the organization hopes to remove any financial barriers and encourage compassionate individuals to open their hearts and homes to these deserving animals.
“The current overcapacity crisis is a pressing issue that requires the collective efforts of our entire community,” Division Director Jan Steele said. “We urge everyone who is able to consider adopting a pet during this time. By doing so, you not only provide a second chance for these animals, but also alleviate the strain in our community.”
For those unable to adopt permanently, fostering is another valuable option that can make a significant difference. Fostering offers a lifeline to animals who might otherwise face the distressing reality of remaining in an overcrowded shelter. PBCACC welcomes individuals and families interested in fostering to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. PBCACC offers short-term and long-term fostering options, and all the supplies are provided for free.
“We understand that adopting a pet is a huge commitment, and it may not be feasible for everyone,” Steele said. “But fostering is a fantastic way to make an immediate impact and contribute to our cause. It allows animals to experience the love, care and stability they need while freeing up space in our facility for other vulnerable animals.”
To explore the wide array of pets available for adoption or fostering, interested individuals can browse the online gallery of adoptable pets at https://secure.co.palm-beach.fl.us/snap/home or visit the shelter in person. No appointment is needed. Adoption Center hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control is located at 7100 Belvedere Road, just west of the turnpike. For more information, visit www.pbcgov.com/animal.