BY NEKA SMITH
The Humane Society of St. Lucie County has stopped taking animals due to what they call “post-holiday blues”. Unfortunately, this is something that has been happening every January since the recession began. The holidays are tough times and once the bills come in people can no longer afford to take care of their animals so they give them to the shelter, causing the shelter to become extremely over crowded.
The facility is a 20,000 square foot building and is equipped to house only 125 dogs and 40 cats. Because of all the animals that have been placed in the shelter, room is scarce. There are now 146 dogs in the shelter with ten in foster homes around the county; there are 79 cats and 54 foster cats. Also, there are five rabbits.
There will be another facility opening later this month in Port St. Lucie to help house some of the animals. Until the new facility opens, the workers at the Humane Society are busy calling rescue shelters around the area to see if they have room for some of the animals. They have been informing people that want to drop animals off there to take them to another facility.
The agency wants to try to get as many animals adopted as possible. So if you ever wanted to adopt a pet, now is the time to do. The following is a list of the animals available at the shelter:
• 146 dogs and 10 are in foster homes
• 79 cats and 54 are in foster homes
• 8 cats at PETCO adoption
• 5 rabbits