Free dog and cat adoptions at overcrowded Hillsborough pet shelter

The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center has 500% more capacity for cats and over 130% for dogs.

TAMPA, Fla. — A local Hillsborough County pet shelter is experiencing overcrowding this summer and plans to hold a free adoption day to give cats and dogs a fur-always at home.

Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center is hosting a summer adoption party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in an effort to reduce clutter in the shelter. The event will include sprinklers, wading pools and shaved ice treats. A OneBlood truck will also be on hand to help donate blood amid the country’s current shortage.

“The shelter is well over capacity for dogs and especially cats, and PRC officials hope the event will help clean up the shelter,” the Pet Resource Center said in a news release.

They have exceeded capacity for cats by 500% in the last week and over 130% for dogs.

Chelsea Waldeck with the shelter said it had 300 cats on Friday. For now, the shelter will waive adoption fees for all cats and kittens until that number drops significantly.

“Adoptions are super important to us,” Waldeck said.

Waldeck said the staff at the shelter love working with the animals, but it’s hard to give each one individualized attention when there are so many.

“Unfortunately, with all animals, it is very difficult to give them all the attention they want on a daily basis,” she explained.

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Waldeck said the shelter wanted to remind the community to avoid “kitnapping.”

“Shelter officials remind residents that if the mother is around, young kittens should be left alone so that their mother can care for them,” they said. “If the mother is not immediately seen, don’t assume she has abandoned the kittens. Mums sometimes let the kittens forage for food and water and will hide nearby if she hears or sees people. “

The shelter has a “Wait Until 8” program to help residents become excellent caregivers for newborn kittens up to 8 weeks old, when they can enter a shelter for adoption.

And for those who can’t care for a dog full time, the Pet Resource Center offers an active program for residents to become foster parents.

The Pet Resource Center is located at 440 N. Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa. It is an open admission shelter that accepts dogs and cats regardless of breed, size or medical condition. Find out who is available before the adoption event here.

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