Santa Rosa County Animal Services asks community to foster and adopt

Special to the Press Gazette / USA TODAY NETWORK

PACE — Santa Rosa County Animal Services (SRCAS) is asking the community to help with the urgent need for fosters and adopters.

SRCAS operates at or near capacity every day and currently has 270 animals, 44 dogs and 28 cats are available for adoption, 101 animals are in foster homes, and another 16 cats are available for adoption at PetSmart, 4735 US Highway 90, Pace.

The urgent need for animal fostering and adoptions has led Santa Rosa County Animal Services (SRCAS) to request the community's help. SRCAS is at or near capacity and currently has 270 animals for which it is trying to find permanent or foster homes.

Adoption fees ($25 for dogs and $10 for cats) remain low to help reduce the number of animals at the shelter. Fees are always waived for active-duty military, reservists, National Guardsmen and veterans through the Operation Furever Freedom program.

All adoptions include spaying or neutering, flea prevention, age-appropriate vaccinations, initial deworming, microchipping and an adoption starter kit filled with coupons for food, vet visits, toys and more.

Appointments are required to visit the shelter. View adoptable animals at www.santarosa.fl.gov/405/Search-Adoptable-Pets, and then make an appointment online to adopt.

For those wishing to provide a short-term foster for an animal at the shelter, SRCAS will provide vet care and additional supplies while they last. Visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/727/Foster-Program for more information on the foster program.

People who are unable to adopt or foster may make a donation to SRCAS at www.santarosa.fl.gov/402/Pet-Shelter-Donations.

SRCAS continues to raise funds to bolster outreach efforts, stock fostering supplies and provide medical care to shelter pets as needed. Critical items can also be purchased from the organization’s Amazon Wish List (https://amzn.to/3m6wzwf) and shipped directly to the shelter.

SRCAS asks that people who find friendly stray pets to consider fostering.

Stray finders can take the pet to a vet clinic or SRCAS, 4451 Pine Forest Road, Milton, to check for a microchip, file a found report, create and hang flyers in the vicinity of where the pet was found; and hold the pet to give the owner time to locate it.

For more information, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/animals.