Updated by: Garin Flowers
July 30, 2013
The Tallahassee Animal Services Center is hoping to save more lives with a new process for people to drop animals off.
Starting Tuesday, people turning in stray, sick or unwanted pets can only do so during the shelter's normal business hours.
That way a staff member can gather important information about the animal that helps with reunion and adoption efforts.
Before, people could drop animals off in holding kennels, but they will no longer be available to after hours.
"We hope that this new process is going to be more humane for the animals because we won't have animals sitting in cages for up to 12 hours that could be injured or sick and also to increase the number of lives saved at our animal shelter," said Erika Leckington, director of the Animal Services Center.
If you have an after-hours emergency with a sick, injured or stray animal, you're asked to call the police department or sheriff's office.
More information is below.
Press Release: The Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center
The Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center (ASC) is modifying its animal intake process to create a positive change that will increase lives saved. Effective today, residents needing to drop off stray, sick or unwanted pets can do so only during the center’s normal operating hours.
The ASC is open Tuesday – Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
The holding kennels, located to the left of the front entrance of the building, will no longer be available after hours.
The in-person drop-off system, supported by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, provides staff an opportunity to obtain vital information about the animal that is necessary for successful reunion and adoption efforts.
“If a person is turning in a stray animal, it’s critical to know where it was found,” said Erika Leckington, director at the Animal Service Center. “And if a pet owner is bringing in a pet they can no longer keep, we need to know its name, personality and preferences. Getting this information about the animals brought to us can be essential in helping return lost pets to their owners or finding new ones for those needing them.”
Another benefit to the new intake process is that it also allows ASC staff to provide immediate care for sick, injured or orphaned animals. In addition, it prevents healthy animals from being exposed to infectious diseases, which could occur when left in an after-hours drop-off kennel.
Pet owners with sick or injured pets should contact their veterinarian. If you have an after-hours emergency with a sick, injured or aggressive stray animal, contact the City of Tallahassee Police Department (891-4200) or the Leon County Sheriff's Department (922-3300) to have the on-call Animal Control Officer paged.
The Animal Service Center, located adjacent to Tom Brown Park at 1125 Easterwood Drive, is operated and maintained by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department. For more information on the ASC and to view animals that are currently available for adoption, please visit Talgov.com/animals. You can also keep up-to-date by liking the Animal Service Center’s Facebook page or following @COTAnimals on Twitter.