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SRC Animal Services intakes large number of dogs, needs your help

| Staff Reporters
Santa Rosa County Animal Services (SRCAS) continues to have an urgent need for the community to adopt or foster dogs as the shelter remains at critical capacity. The shelter is in the process of performing intake on more than 70 additional dogs from a special case involving a community member in Santa Rosa County who became overwhelmed.
A large intake of more than 70 dogs is is currently underway. There is a continued need for fosters and adopters at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. Submitted photo

UPDATE: Santa Rosa County Animal Services is opening up the Agriplex, 8604 Bobby Brown Road in East Milton, for adoptions and fosters for many of the dogs recently rescued from a case in Gulf Breeze.

Adoption and foster will be available from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 23, Thurs., Feb. 24, and Fri., Feb. 25 at the Agriplex. They are also available from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 26. The public will not be allowed at the staging area outside of these hours. Photos of the dogs in the shelter’s care from the rescue case are continually being uploaded online here. Note that some dogs pictured in the album may not be ready for adoption or foster on Wednesday. Staff will be on-site to help citizens pick out the best fit for their homes. Dogs that are already altered may be adopted but unaltered dogs will need to be fostered until ready for adoption.

The animal shelter is also seeking volunteers, age 18 and older, to help at the Agriplex from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wed., Feb. 23 through Sat., Feb. 26. Volunteers may fill out an application online or at the Agriplex. A safety release will be required to be signed at the site. Tasks may include cleaning the area, feeding and walking dogs, giving out treats and more.

Other ways the community can help

  • Rescues who would like to view any of the dogs available may contact rescue coordinator Tara DeAguilera at 850-530-5128.
  • Continue adopting and fostering directly from the animal shelter.

For more information on programs offered by the animal shelter or to make an appointment to adopt, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/387/Animal-Services.

ORIGINAL: The shelter is actively working with rescues all over the United States to find placement for as many dogs as possible and thanks to the Santa Rosa County Fair Association, they are using the Exhibit Hall at the Agriplex as a staging area for the more than 70 dogs coming in from the special case. Residents cannot visit the Agriplex to look at the dogs; at this time only staff, volunteers and rescues are allowed on site.

The intake process involves physical examination, behavioral assessment, updated shots, basic testing and more. Volunteers on site are helping make sure the dogs are fed and shown as much attention as possible which includes treats and walks. The dogs start out in a dog run to help with decompression and then move to a kennel inside the exhibit hall.

Many of the dogs are in good condition and will be available for adoption by the end of the week if they haven’t been pulled by a rescue. Any dogs left after rescues have made their pull will be placed in the county animal shelter. We need people to adopt or foster animals directly from the animal shelter to free up kennels. At this time, there are less than 10 empty kennels at the animal shelter.

The shelter would greatly benefit from fosters taking available dogs for two to three weeks, as well as rescue partners who could pull dogs to open kennel space. Fosters are given all the resources needed to care for the animal such as vet care, food and any medication required. Visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/727/Foster-Program for more information on the foster program. Rescue groups interested in helping the shelter should contact the rescue coordinator, Tara DeAguilera at 850-530-5128.

For more information on programs offered by the animal shelter or to make an appointment to adopt, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/387/Animal-Services.

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