TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -
A sign posted on the door of Hillsborough County Animal Services warns surrendered animals may be euthanized. The sign was posted as the shelter is at maximum capacity.
There's no space in the kennels due to "high seasonal intake" of lost or stray pets in addition to pets that have been surrendered, they say. The note intends to give owners second-thoughts before dropping off their unwanted pet.
According to the sign, lost/stray pets will be given priority - because there's a chance of reuniting them with their owner - however "surrendered animals are at very high risk of euthanasia."
The shelter wants people to take other options into consideration - such as giving their pet to a friend or family member - to see what they can do to re-home the pet.
The shelter says capacity is typically high and adoption rates are typically low this time of year.
They would like to remind people to make sure their pet is micro-chipped and vaccinated, in the case the pet goes missing or runs away from home, which happens during thunderstorms and holidays with fireworks.
In the recent weeks, the shelter has posted on their Facebook page they are full and encouraging people to come in and adopt. They say during the month of May they took in 731 dogs.
They are currently running an adoption special; adopt two cats or kittens for just $10 , and many dogs are now $20, which includes vaccinations, micro-chipping, spay/neuter and county pet registration. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Related: What pet owners should know about microchips