Lee County Domestic Animal Services' shelter is at maximum capacity. The agency is asking for assistance from the public to give these pets a permanent home. They are also seeking help from other shelters and rescue organizations. Fewer outlets in which to place dogs and the start of kitten season have led to the overcrowding.
"Healthy, adoptable animals do not need to die in shelters due to overpopulation when they can be easily adopted into loving Lee County homes," says Donna Ward, LCDAS Director. "With a population of more than 600,000 it should be a relatively easy task to adopt 10,000 stray animals annually; however, euthanasia will continue to be a means of population control in our community if the public does not step forward to support our efforts of spaying and neutering, fostering, and adopting shelter pets rather than buying from pet stores and breeders. The best shelter is a caring community, and now more than ever we need the community's support," she adds.
Currently LCDAS is featuring 25 percent off all adoptions with its Friends and Family promotion. Puppies are just $70, adult dogs and kittens only $55, adult cats $35, and senior pets, 6 years and older, are only $15. The special fees will be in effect throughout May.
The reduced adoption fee includes sterilization, age appropriate vaccinations, county license, microchip ID, de-worming, flea treatment, a heartworm test for dogs, feline aids and leukemia test for cats, 10 Day Health Guarantee, and a bag of Hill's Science Diet dog or cat food. The adoption package is valued at over $500!
Pets for adoption can be viewed online at www.LeeLostPets.com or visit the shelter at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers next to the Lee County Sheriff's Office off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Adoption viewing hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Adoption applications may be submitted online or at the shelter.
Volunteers and staff are available to help you find the pet that is best suited for you and your family's lifestyle. For more information about pets for adoption or spay/neuter programs go to www.LeeLostPets.com or call (239) 533-7387 (LEE-PETS). If you are inquiring about a pet you have seen online, please have the animal ID number ready for faster assistance.