Animal Service Center Problems

The Tallahassee Leon County Animal Service Center says at most, 100 animals may have to be put down if it doesn't get some help and fast.

"We are worried. This time of the season we have to be worried. We had our adaptation. We were good, but we received 58 animals that same day," said Gilles Meloche of the Tallahassee Leon County Animal Service Center.

The center has been calling local rescue groups and foster families for some relief and to help save these many lives.

Barbara Law of the Extended Circle Animal Haven said, "If the center has to take all the dogs that come its way they run out of space. The biggest reason for this is that people won't get their pets neutered or spayed."

The center director says this is especially frustrating because his goal to not euthanize any pets that are adoptable.

"It's not just how many animals that go out, but also how many are coming in. We have to have a balance and we are limited here in space." added Meloche.

"Now they're in a position where they have to euthanise because there's just nowhere to put these animals. If people could just find it in their hearts to help us either by adopting or just fostering until the Service Center of the Extended Circle Animal Haven can find a home for them," added law.

The center estimates it has more than 300 adoptable pets right now, so if you're in the market for a new furry friend you know where to go.

If you would like to adopt a brand new pet or be a foster parent until the animal can be adopted, please call 891-2950. Extended Web Coverage

Tips on Adopting a Pet
When the time is right and you feel you're up to the responsibility of owning an animal, there are many things to consider. Where will you look? What breed will you get? How much money do you have to spend on this new addition to the family? spcaLA offers the following advice to assist in your search for your new best friend:

1) Evaluate your needs
Find out what breed of dog or cat best suits your lifestyle. Are you active? Are you home a lot? Do you have children? Do you work 20 hours a day? These are all things that need to be considered before adopting an animal.

2) Check out your local animal shelter
Many people's first inclination is to go to a pet store; however, shelters have many dogs and cats to choose from in all shapes and sizes. We recommend calling the shelter first to determine what documents you should bring when adopting an animal.

3) Ask shelter staff lots of questions
These are the people that are with the animals every day. Most likely, the shelter staff will be able to determine the animal's personality traits, likes, dislikes and temperament. Also, if you’re looking for a specific breed or personality type, the shelter staff may be of help.

4) Keep your options open
A pet doesn’t have to be a puppy or kitten to be a loyal companion. Older animals have a lot to offer. Often times older dogs are already house-broken and leash-trained, and older cats may be litterbox trained.

5) Take your time
It may take awhile to find that perfect pet, so be patient. You may need to visit the shelter a few times before you find the one that’s right for you. It's a commitment for the pet's lifetime after all.

6) Make a decision as a family
If this pet will be a family pet, make your family a part of the decision. How does the dog get along with everyone and how does everyone get along with the dog? After all, remember you are choosing an animal to be a member of the family. Your pet may live as long as 16 or 18 years. Are you and your family prepared for such an important commitment?

7) Give your animal some time to adjust
Once you bring your new pet home, remember that he’s in a new place and has to learn the lay of the land. Let him wander around and sniff. If there are children in the home, tell them that like a new kid at school, the animal may need a few days to adjust before he’s comfortable enough to play. Most importantly, be patient. It may take a few weeks for the animal to feel at home and for his true personality to emerge.

8) Use your shelter as a resource
Most shelters will be happy to offer advice to keep you and your pet together. Staff often have answers to problems that you may have never thought of. If your pet is having problems adjusting, call your adoption counselor. spcaLA also provides a bilingual animal behavior hotline at (323) 730-5300, ext. 260 as a resource for help.

Source: Contributed to these tips.