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Animal Shelter Critically Over-Crowded, Adoption Fees Waived, Help Needed

Press release from Alachua County

This is an urgent plea to our community, volunteers, and animal placement partners who have space. Effective immediately, all adoption fees are being waived until the shelter can reach a manageable capacity. Pet adopters must be 18 or older and show identification with proof of current address. All adoptable cats and dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, and sterilized before going home. The shelter (3400 N.E. 53rd Avenue, Gainesville) is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

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Volunteer dog walkers are also desperately needed, and fostering opportunities with a one-month minimum commitment are available.

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In recent months, intakes have exceeded outcomes (adoptions, transfers, and owner reclaims). A recent case in Micanopy resulted in the confiscation of 23 additional animals. Springtime has brought with it the usual overabundance of kittens & puppies. All of this has contributed to overcrowding at the shelter, with upwards of 50 dogs above what the current shelter was designed to hold. And the County, like other businesses, has been affected by the nationwide staffing shortage. These circumstances are not unique to Alachua County. 

“There is an overabundance of animals in our southern shelters,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation, in a recent online article. “Shelters that have not euthanized for space in years are now having to make those painful choices,” Bissell continued.

  • It is rather telling that 90% of the doge in the pound are Pit Bulls. Do the world a favor and just kill them all. The type of people who get Pits in the first place are generally too irresponsible to own a dog to begin with. Put these worthless creatures out of their misery and stop wasting our tax money!

    Tip to anyone who wants to adopt a dog – Go to Levy County – pay the fee and leave with your dog – you don’t get the 3rd degree like in Alachua County with their 100 questions. “Does your dog have it’s own queen-size bed?” “Do your feed your dogs filet mignon, or ribeye?” Geez. Probably easier to adopt a kid in AC.

  • Agree 100% I thought that I was the only one who noticed that all the dogs were Pit mix.. YIKES.. A lot of irresponsible Pit owners out there, right??

  • Go to Citrus County Animal Shelter too. They actually respond to emails and call you back. And you go there and you pick your animal out and you leave with it that day.evy County the osame way. Very responsive. Alachua County not so much. That was my experience. I adopted 2 dogs from Citrus and Levy. I gave up on Alachua Shelter. They need different management or something.

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