Volunteers at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control cheered in front of the empty cages of the dogs that were adopted in a video they shared on Facebook.
Amidst the lockdown, it seems, people have been longing for the company of canine buddies to keep them company. Dogs are being adopted at such a rate that one animal shelter in Florida is completely empty. All the dogs have been adopted for the first time in the history of this shelter. The staff took to Facebook to share the happy news. The volunteers at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control stood in front of the empty cages cheering in a show of appreciation for the people who decided to adopt the dogs and give them a new life.
An incredible and joyful thing happened today... the page stated. For the first time in the history of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, we have completely emptied one of our three dog kennels! This amazing milestone was made possible by the help and support of our entire community! Thank you to the shelter staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to care for, find homes for, and advocate for the pets who come through these doors; thank you to our incredible foster parents who open their heart and homes to thousands of pets each year; thank you to everyone who has opted to adopt a shelter pet - whether it be here or from any of the other amazing organizations out there; thank you to our placement partner organizations far and wide - without them, this would not be possible.
The post went on to say that they still had a lot more animals who were up for adoption in their main kennel. Let's keep the momentum going and good vibes flowing! they urged their patrons, informing them that along with dogs, they were also housing adoptable cats, two adoptable horses, and Charlotte the adoptable pig. The people who adopted their new dog buddies shared their pictures in the comments. Facebook user, Stefanie Marie Elizabeth commented, Nina couldn't be happier to hear this news from the comfort of her very own couch. She is such a wonderful soul. She even shared a happy picture of the happy pup. Another user, Vannessa O'Steen said, Former resident Carmela and I celebrate with you guys! Amazing news thank you for all you guys do!
"We owe the community a huge thank-you," said Elizabeth Harfmann, the shelter’s community outreach manager told the Sun-Sentinel. The kennel usually houses 48 dogs when it is at full capacity, at times forced to double up in the limited space. Kennel No. 2 located on Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach is now empty. In spite of a brief rumor that animals can spread the virus, there is no evidence pointing to the same. But the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that it can spread from people to animals in some situations. But this has not deterred the people of West Palm Beach from adopting.
A supervisor at the animal shelter told WTXL that only "emergency surrenders" of animals are being accepted currently. This included cruelty and cases of domestic violence. Additionally, Miami-Dade Animal Services has also been carrying out adoption drives. They have been conducting virtual adoption sessions on their Facebook pages. We're bringing even more adoptable pups to your living room, the page stated. Their first virtual adoption event was a huge success which helped more than half of their featured dogs adopted or fostered. They will be holding a second session with a "new group of lovable dogs to you on Facebook Live." They even shared pictures of the dogs they can expect during the session which included, Charlie, Neo, Bruce, Bruno, and Zoey.