BROOKSVILLE —After an urgent plea to save dozens of dogs and cats from euthanasia at the overcrowded Hernando County Animal Services shelter, adopters crowded into the facility at the end of last week.
County officials announced Monday that 30 cats and 29 dogs found new homes, averting the need to euthanize any animals to bring the shelter back into compliance with its recommended capacity.
The number of animals at the shelter had been growing in recent weeks, and a recent animal hoarding case also contributed to the crowded conditions.
The shelter offered a special deal to entice adoptions. Dogs and kittens were just $10. Adult cats were $5. The price included spaying or neutering and vaccinations. Regular prices go back into effect when the shelter opens Tuesday.
Those prices are $70 for small breed dogs under 25 pounds and for puppies. Adult dogs are $50, and heartworm positive and senior dogs are $25. Kittens under six months are $40, and adult cats are $20.