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October 29, 2009

Please Support Shelters

From Broward Animal Care and Regulation:

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is November 2-7. Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division is asking County residents to take a closer look at the valuable role animal shelters play in enhancing the quality of life in their community.

Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division shelters offer many services to assist animals and people, such as controlling dogs running at large, rescuing injured animals, returning lost pets to their owners, and adopting animals into new, loving homes. 

Staff at the County's Animal Care shelters also offer personal guidance to assist the public with animal-related issues and concerns, from a spay/neuter program to neighborhood rabies clinics.

"We are proud to serve the four-legged residents of Broward County by providing many services and programs," says Cheryl Cayer, interim director of Broward County Animal Care and Regulation. "We encourage residents to join the fun and come and learn more about us." 

During the week, residents are invited to visit Animal Care's Fort Lauderdale shelter, 1870 S.W. 39th Street, Fort Lauderdale, to take advantage of the following services:

• Adopt a wonderful dog or cat.
• Receive information on upcoming rabies clinics, hurricane safety tips, dangerous foods and animal laws.
• Apply to have their dog or cat spayed or neutered for $10 through the Stop Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT) program. To apply, proof of residency and one month's proof of income are required. A representative will be on hand Monday - Friday, 4 - 6 p.m. to issue qualifying residents a SPOT voucher that can be used at any participating veterinarian.
• Make a monetary donation or donate supplies such as dog or cat food, treats or blankets and towels.

Animal Care will wrap up the weeklong celebration with a neighborhood Rabies Clinic on Saturday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mary Saunders Park, 4750 S.W. 21st Street in West Park. Broward County dogs and cats will be able to receive a rabies vaccination and pet license for $15 (cash only). In addition, radio station HOT 105 will broadcast live from the event.

Hours for adoption at the Fort Lauderdale Shelter are Monday through Friday, 1- 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Residents are also invited to the Pompano Beach shelter Wednesday - Friday, noon - 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.broward.org/animal.

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