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Lake County Animal Shelter At Critical Capacity After Irma

Puppies born at the Lake County Animal Shelter after Hurricane Irma will soon be up for adoption. Photo: Lake County Animal Shelter / Facebook

The Lake County Animal Shelter is at critical capacity after Hurricane Irma. At last check, the shelter had 175 dogs and hundreds of cats. Many are from owners’ homes that are now unlivable due to damage from the storm.

Shelter Manager Whitney Boylston says before the storm there were about 100 dogs up for adoption.

“We’re always seeking foster families,” said Boylston.

She says most of the animals are strays and the shelter works to reunite those families.  The shelter utilizes volunteer “pet detectives” to scour social media to help reunited pets and owners.

“These people are so dedicated to reuniting the pets that they’re able to put those people together or direct those people to the shelter so they’re able to reclaim their pet.”

Lake County Animal Shelter is working towards becoming a no-kill community, meaning more than 90 percent of the animals are adopted or reunited rather than euthanized.

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