Adoption event to reduce overcrowding at Hillsborough Animal Shelter | Hillsborough County

TAMPA – The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center is experiencing extreme overcrowding at its facilities and staff at 440 N. Falkenburg Road is hoping this weekend’s adoption special helps open up a little space.

The shelter is participating in the National Best Friends Adoption Weekend on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, a nationwide effort to increase pet adoptions.

According to a county news release, the number of pets is on the rise at shelters across the country and the Hillsborough Pet Resource Center’s population reached more than 500% capacity this summer. A recent adoption event resulted in over 200 pets being taken into new homes in a single day, but the number of cats and dogs at the shelter has steadily increased.

This week, the shelter reported that it had capacity of over 450% for cats and nearly 130% for dogs.

No appointment is necessary on Friday and Saturday to adopt a dog or cat from the Pet Resource Center. Adoption fees are waived and all shelter dogs and cats are vaccinated, microchipped, registered and sterilized.

The Pet Resource Center also has an active program for residents to become pet foster parents. Residents can foster a pet for as little as two weeks, freeing up space in the shelter and giving the facility more information about the animal.

According to the press release, the Pet Resource Center is the only open-admission shelter in Hillsborough County, which means it accepts dogs and cats of any breed, size or health condition.

Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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