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New Port Richey shelter closing, dogs need homes

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Time is running out for dogs at the New Port Richey Animal Shelter. Time is running out for dogs at the New Port Richey Animal Shelter.
Time is running out for four dogs at the New Port Richey Animal Shelter.

The city has decided to turn over its animal control services to Pasco County beginning January 1. The county has said it will not take any animals currently being cared for by the New Port Richey shelter, which is operated by volunteers.

"The City does not want to euthanize, but can not continue to care for the animals for lengths of time once the unit closes," said the shelter in a news release earlier this month.

The shelter recently held an adoption drive to find new homes for the pets.  31 dogs and 14 cats were adopted.  "It was awesome. It was a great outpouring of support," said Dave James who works at the shelter.

Now, just three dogs remain. A potential adoptee has applied for a fourth dog, however the shelter is taking backup applications for the fourth dog.

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The shelter is offering a special adoption price of $12.31 to commemorate the last day the shelter will exist. All dogs have been microchipped. They have also been spayed/neutered and have been vaccinated, including rabies.

If you are interested in seeing one of the dogs, call (727) 243-4028. The shelter is making volunteers available to meet you at the shelter if you would like to meet one of the dogs, because the shelter is not open on a daily basis.

"We're very flexible," said James.

See multiple photos of the adoptable dogs by clicking on the slideshow above.


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