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Pinella’s Shelter is adopting all available dogs amid a pandemic

LARGO – Last week there was an unfamiliar but welcome silence on a section of Pinellas County Animal Services at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

The county reported that no dogs were housed at the facility. Why? During the COVID-19 pandemic, residents have dramatically increased adoptions in recent weeks, according to the district. The dog houses in the district animal shelter were completely empty as of April 13th.

“For the first time in years at Pinellas County Animal Services, our dog adoption program has been fully adopted,” said Doug Brightwell, director of Animal Services. “This is thanks to the community and hard work of our volunteers and staff.”

Numerous citizens have stepped up to adopt a new furry friend to keep them company as the county and state continue to be under a safer order at home. Pet adoption services are considered an essential business under the Executive Order of Governor Ron DeSantis.

With more dogs entering the shelter in the coming days, Brightwell is encouraging more residents to consider adoptions. Staff, volunteers, and visitors continue their animal adoptions and practice safe social distancing at the shelter.

Animal Services will remain open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lobby is closed to the public on Saturdays.

For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices or call 727-582-2600.

The Humane Society of Pinellas describes the operational changes

CLEARWATER – Due to the progression of COVID-19, the Humane Society of Pinellas is following the recommendations of the CDC and the Department of Health to protect the public, their employees and pets.

HSP is currently only offering adoptions by appointment to avoid overcrowding the center’s lobby. Visit the center’s website at HumanePinellas.org to view adoptable pets. Appointments can only be made after completing an adoption application under the profile of an adoptable pet. Employees will then telephone potential users to make appointments.

The adoption center is located at 590 3040 State Road in Clearwater,

Email [email protected] or call 727-797-7722 ext. 2 for additional information.

The Behavior and Training Department will continue to support HSP’s pets and adopters. The Puppy Basic Obedience Class has been moved to an online platform to maintain social distancing guidelines.

A free behavioral helpline supports pet owners with preliminary behavioral and training advice as well as recommendations from behavioral specialists. Email [email protected] or call 727-797-7722, ext. 233.

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