Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Americans who wish to bring home a furry friend are faced with a multitude of choices. Fluffy the Norwegian forest cat might come from a close friend burdened by debt. Teddy the poodle may be found at a recommended breeder, and Fido the mutt just might jump into your arms from the pens at a county shelter.

About 6.5 million animals enter shelters across the United States each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Of these, 3.2 million are eventually adopted – a number split almost evenly between cats and dogs.

Last year, about a tenth of all animals taken in by Santa Rosa County Animal Services were eventually adopted. And unlike many private shelters, the county shelter does not place a limit on the number of animals it accepts. Placing animals in homes is therefore a key priority for the agency.

Read the full article in the Aug. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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