The shelter actively works with rescues across the United States to find placement for as many dogs as possible and through the Santa Rosa County Fair Association, they use the Agriplex exhibit hall as a staging area for over 70 dogs. from the particular case. Residents cannot visit the Agriplex to watch the dogs; at this time, only staff, volunteers and lifeguards are permitted on site.
The admissions process includes a physical exam, behavioral assessment, updated injections, baseline tests, and more. On-site volunteers help ensure the dogs are fed and given as much attention as possible, which includes treats and walks. The dogs start in a dog park to help with decompression, then move to a kennel inside the exhibit hall.
Many of the dogs are in good condition and will be available for adoption by the end of the week if they haven’t been pulled by a rescue. Any dogs left after rescues will be placed in the county animal shelter. We need people to adopt or foster animals directly from the animal shelter to free up kennels. Currently, there are less than 10 empty kennels at the animal shelter.
The shelter would benefit greatly from foster families taking available dogs for two to three weeks, as well as rescue partners who could pull the dogs to an open kennel. Foster families receive all the resources necessary to care for the animal, such as veterinary care, food and necessary medications. Visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/727/Foster-Program for more information on the Foster Program. Rescue groups interested in helping the shelter should contact the rescue coordinator, Tara DeAguilera at 850-530-5128.
For more information about programs offered by the animal shelter or to make an appointment to adopt, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/387/Animal-Services.