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June 30, 2011

Broward Shelter Closed Tomorrow, Friday, and Monday July 4

ANIMAL CARE AND ADOPTION WILL BE CLOSED Friday, July 1, and Monday, July 4. The Friday closing is due to an unpaid employee furlough day as part of budget-related reductions to lower the County property tax rate. The Monday closing is in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. Both Adoption Centers in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach will be open Saturday, July 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fort Lauderdale location will also be open on Sunday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

KITTEN CARE. What should you do if you find a litter of kittens? Be patient! Since it is kitten season, our Adoption Centers are receiving many very young kittens from residents who have found them in their yard or neighborhood. Many of these kitties come in without their mothers so their chances of survival are low. Instead, please take the time to truly determine if the litter has been abandoned. A feral mother cat will often leave her kittens for short spells to hunt for food in order to feed herself as well as her young ones. For the first 10 to 12 weeks, kittens need their mothers for her milk as well as for her nurturing. Before disturbing the litter or removing the kittens, please note the following:

  • Are the kittens clean, quiet and seemingly well-fed?
  • Have you noticed the mother cat in the area?

If the kittens are crying, dirty, skinny and otherwise in danger, then they might have been abandoned. At that point, you can either bring them into one of our Adoption Centers or call us at 954-359-1313 so we can pick them up. We may also take them to a local veterinary clinic for examination and care.

THE NEXT RABIES CLINIC will be held on Saturday, July 9, at the Margate Catherine Young Library, 5810 Park Drive, Margate, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and Broward County pet license is $15 (cash only). You must be a Broward County resident to attend. Please bring a valid Florida drivers license or current utility bill for identification. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats in carriers. For a complete list of other Rabies Clinic locations and dates, please visit our website at www.broward.org/animal.

URGENT -- SPECIAL CATS IN NEED OF ADOPTION! We have recently received some cats and kittens that were rescued from a bad hoarding situation here in Broward County. Some of the cats appear to be purebred Siamese, while others are long-haired breeds. Because of the situation they were in, some of them are not very social and could definitely use some tender loving care. A few of the felines -- particularly the long-haired beauties -- will need some grooming. We have just received these cats, so your assistance is critical so that these kitties can get the clean, loving home they deserve. The cats are available for viewing at our Fort Lauderdale Adoption Center, 1870 SW 39th St. If you are interested, a $20 deposit and a completed Adoption Application will hold a cat until it is examined, spayed/neutered and ready to go home. During our 2-for-1 special cat adoption program, you can even adopt two of these kitties for one $74.95 adoption fee! We are open for adoptions Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also call 954-359-1313 ext. 9272 for more information.

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