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Clear the Shelters: Dozens of pets looking for homes in Pasco County

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. (WFLA) — News Channel 8 is on your side trying to find shelter animals forever homes. We are just one of nearly 700 stations taking part in a nationwide pet adoption drive called Clear the Shelters.

On Tuesday, we got an up close look at pets available for adoption in Pasco County.

Row after row, there’s dogs chomping at the bit to be adopted.

“They’re looking for a home and a lot of them bark to get your attention so you go over there and they’ll do anything they can, really to get you to come over and pay attention to them. It’s sad,” said Andrea Ciesluk, education coordinator.

Even sadder — Pasco County Animal Services is over capacity by at least fifty animals.

“I hate to say it but there is only so much space. We have dogs sitting in crates waiting for cages to open up. We have so many animals that have been here for so long, just waiting for a home,” said Ciesluk.

That’s the case for Emma. She’s been in for almost a year.

“She really wants a home. She’s a volunteer favorite, she’s a staff favorite, she just loves to be loved. She loves to play.”

And then there’s Nora, who was rescued from a hoarding case.

“She’s been with us for about a year. She’s become social. She loves our volunteers. She’ll let you pet her. She’s an awesome dog that needs a special adopter and she needs someone who can help her and work with her.”

There are hundreds of other big brown eyes and furry faces just desperately wanting a home.

“These dogs should be home with families. These cats should be home with families. Every day you come in and hopeful eyes are staring at you and you feel so bad.”

There’s plenty to choose from and plenty you can do to help. The shelter is also offering training for your new pet at a discounted price.

“We want to give you the tools you need to make sure that the cat or dog stays in your family and it’s a smooth transition, as smooth as we can make it.”

Wednesday through Saturday, Pasco County Animal Services will waive adoption fees.There are 27 shelters locally who are offering no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions for our Clear the Shelters event:

  • Highlands Co. Sheriff’s Animal Services – 7300 Haywood Taylor Blvd, Spring Hill
  • Friends of Strays – 2911 47th Avenue North – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sebring Angles, Inc – 4200 Sebring Parkway, Sebring
  • Humane Society of Highlands County – 7421 Haywood Taylor Blvd, Sebring
  • Pinellas Co. Animal Services – 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • C.A.R.E. Animal Shelter – 1528 27th Street S.E., Ruskin – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Humane Society of Manatee County – 2515 14th Street W., Bradenton – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Pet Pal Animal Shelter – 405 22nd Street S, St. Petersburg – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue – 8437 Cooper Creek Blvd, Bradenton – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Barking Out Loud Rescue, Inc – 300 N Lake Drive, Lorida
  • Pasco Co. Animal Services – 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’Lakes – noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • Royal Pet Rescue – 1097 Tarpon Ave., Sarasota – Appointment Only
  • Humane Society of the Nature Coast – 7200 Mobley Road, Brooksville – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hernando Co. SPCA -5718 21st Ave. W, Bradenton – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Bishop Animal Shelter S.P.C.A. – 5718 21st Ave. West, Bradenton – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Humane Society of Pinellas – 3040 FL-590, Clearwater – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Humane Society of Tampa Bay – 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Suncoast Animal League – 1030 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TampaBay Cat Alliance Inc. – 12232 Little Road, Hudson – noon – 5 p.m.
  • Pet Resource Center – 440 N Falkenburg Road, Tampa – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • SPCA Florida – 5850 Brannen Road S, Lakeland – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • St. Francis Animal Resuce of Venice, Inc. – 1925 S Tamiami Trail, Venice – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Manatee Co. Animal Services – 305 25th Street W, Palmetto – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fluff Animal Rescue – 11399 81st Place, Seminole – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Florida English Bulldog Rescue – Odessa – Appointment only
  • Pug Rescue of Florida – Windermere, 888-255-4971
  • Paw Warriors, Inc. – 355 Spring Time Street, Spring Hill – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - Thousands of pets are looking for their forever homes and News Channel 8 is On Your Side helping to make that happen in the Tampa Bay area.

We are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 17, 2019, to help find loving homes for animals in need.

More than 150,000 pets found their forever homes since 2015.

Now is the time for shelters to register by completing the online application located here. Organizations interested in participating in Clear the Shelters must complete the Commitment Registration form to ensure proper verification of all interested participants.

When registering, please make sure you select the TAMPA-ST.PETERSBURG-SARASOTA, FL region. This will put your shelter on our CLEAR THE SHELTERS online map, driving families to your shelter. 

Here are the local shelters that are offering no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions for this event:

  1. Citrus County Animal Services - 4030 S. Airport Rd, Inverness
  2. Humane Society of Polk County - 3195 Dundee Road Winter, Haven
  3. Barking Out Loud Rescue, Inc - 300 N Lake Drive, Lorida
  4. Paw Warriors, Inc. - 355 Spring Time Street, Spring Hill
  5. SPCA Florida - 5850 Brannen Rd S, Lakeland
  6. Friends of Strays Animal Shelter - 2911 47th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
  7. Pinellas County Animal Services - 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo
  8. SPCA of Hernando County - 9075 Grant St, Brooksville
  9. Humane Society of Tampa Bay - 3607 N Armenia Avenue, Tampa
  10. SPCA Tampa Bay - 9099 130th Ave North, Largo
  11. Highlands County Sheriffs Animal Services - 7300 Haywood Taylor Blvd, Sebring
  12. St. Francis Animal Rescue - 1925 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice
  13. FLUFF Animal Rescue - 11220 Park Blvd N, Seminole
  14. Manatee County Animal Services: Palmetto Shelter - 305 25th St W, Palmetto
  15. Manatee County Cat Town - 216 6th Ave E, Bradenton
  16. Pasco County Animal Services - 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O'Lakes
  17. St. Francis Society, Inc. - Pet Smart - 12835 Citrus Plaza Dr, Tampa
  18. The Humane Society of the Nature Coast - 7200 Mobley Road, Brooksville
  19. Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center - 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa
  20. Humane Society of Manatee County - 2515 14th Street W, Bradenton
  21. Save Our Strays Inc. Safety Harbor, FL - 3223 San Jose Street, Clearwater
  22. Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Section - 7115 De Castro Rd, Winter Haven
  23. Hernando County Animal Services - 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville
  24. Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA of Manatee County, FL - 5718 21st Ave W, Bradenton
  25. Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater
  26. Rescue Cats of Florida, 211 West Alexander Street, Plant City
  27. Precious Paws Rescue, 5164 S. Florida Avenue (Route 41), Inverness
  28. Hands Helping Paws Rescue, 53 West Bay Boulevard South, Lake Wales
  29. Cat Kids Rescue, 10500 Ulmerton Road, Suite 308, Largo
  30. Suncoast Animal League, 1030 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor
  31. Cat Haven Rescue of Tampa-Pasco County, 1231 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel
  32. Cat Haven Rescue of Pasco County, 8529 Little Road, New Port Richey
  33. Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood
  34. Rebels Rescue, 11665 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa
  35. Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, 26920 Gopher Hill Road, Myakka city
  36. Cat Crusaders, Inc, 6248 Commerce Palms Drive, Tampa
  37. SPCA Suncoast, 7734 Congress Street, New Port Richey
  38. Rescue Cats of Florida, 3313 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Valrico
  39. Countless Cats Rescue Inc., 3139 Duane Avenue, Oldsmar
  40. Cat Call Inc, Pet Smart 1051 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon
  41. Cat Call Inc, 11331 Causeway Blvd, Brandon

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