TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Many animal shelters across the state have closed to the public and are now operating with a reduced staff amid the coronavirus outbreak. However, now shelters such as the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center and SPCA Florida need the community’s help.
The Pet Resource Center has launched curbside cuddles for anyone interested in self-isolation in need of a fur-ever friend but cannot come to the shelter.
For those hoping to adopt a self-isolation sidekick, they can visit the county’s website.
For adopters unable to arrange a Curbside Cuddles pick-up, PRC is offering limited pet delivery via their new Cuddle Shuttles program. Deliveries will be offered based on availability and will only be to select areas of Hillsborough County.
Meanwhile, SPCA Florida is asking for emergency foster homes to help move as many animals out of the shelters as possible during this time. However, because the virus is unpredictable, SPCA is not sure how long these pets will need to be in foster homes.
If you are willing to open your home to a pet in need, apply to be an emergency foster home online.
SPCA plans to have their cats leave starting Saturday, March 28. A drive-up system is being implemented so you will not need to get out of your car or go into the building. The cats or kittens will be ready, along with supplies.
The same process will take place Sunday, March 29 for the pickup of dogs.
After you’ve filled out an application online, an SPCA Florida representative will reach out to you with information about how you can help.