There are more than 250 dogs up for adoption at the Pet Resource Center.
“We’re just at a point where we really would love people to come down, just to come and see,” said Lauryn Postiglione, the Pet Resource Center’s program coordinator. “Maybe you’re not quite ready, but you can still come down, you never know, you might fall in love with one.”
The Pet Resource Center is at 106 percent capacity, and it’s not the only shelter running out of room. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is close to 100 percent capacity, too. There 300 animals total there.
"What we had to do this weekend was find some dogs that get along with each other, that are buddies and double them up, which we very rarely have to do,” said Danyelle Ho, the Humane Society’s director of shelter operations. “That's not our preference, we want them to have their own space, but we didn't have a choice."
"This is not an ideal situation. Of course, we'd rather have them be in homes.”
There’s no real specific reason why the shelters are overcrowded at this time. There are just more animals coming in than being adopted or fostered.
“I don’t think as many people are adopting, maybe it’s just not the time that people are looking, but we still have the same amount of dogs that come in every day,” said Postiglione. “But without having the dogs be adopted, or go out to foster, or rescue, they stay here.”
Even though the shelters are packed right now, they would never turn away an animal.
“You know if it comes to having to turn an animal away, that’s been found on the street, it is stray, you know, we might have to just do that to make sure that they’re in a safe place and not on the streets,” said Ho.
The Humane Society is running two specials right now. All dogs over 50 pounds are $50. Cats over four months old are $15. Dogs at the Pet Resource Center are $20. All the animals are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped before you bring one home.