South Florida has an abandoned dog problem – NBC 6 South Florida
Broward County Animal Care, commonly referred to as the Animal Shelter, is full of dogs, and almost all of them are strays.
“We’re over capacity,” said agency director Emily Wood. “Animals left in backyards, animals with overwhelmed guardians that have come out of a fence, that sort of thing, we have almost 120 animals in our building, almost all of them are from situations like this- the.”
Wood says Miami-Dade County is going through the same situation at their shelter.
“A lot of people took the dogs in during covid and when their lives got back to normal they got busy, they had no time for them,” said Lori Jacoby, an animal rescue volunteer.
Jacoby says it’s a sign of the times. Shelter dogs shouldn’t be there, but when rent skyrockets, sometimes pets get left behind when people move out. This appears to be what happened to one of Jacoby’s rescue dogs in Miami.
“He was left tied to the stairwell, a young couple saw him there, left during the night, so they asked the apartment manager, what’s the story with that dog and he said said they were gone, they didn’t want the dog,” Jacoby explained.
So she took the dog to a rescue center in Palm Beach County. Jacoby also recently brought an abandoned dog to Bradenton, which is part of a network of rescue agencies across the state.
“We are all connected, we have to go a little further to place the dogs,” explained Jacoby.
When it comes to getting these dogs adopted, size really matters. In shelters, you will notice that most dogs are large. Little guys are adopted much faster.
“A lot of our dogs are over 40 or 50 pounds and there are a lot of restrictions even on adopting these animals if we’re trying to find them a new home, homeowners associations, homeowners insurance, a lot of limitations,” he said. said Wood.
The dogs are in desperate need of foster care. You can volunteer to give them temporary homes, which takes the pressure off the shelters and might give you a new best friend.
If you’re interested in adopting a dog, Broward Animal Care is hosting a Father’s Day special this Sunday. All dog adoptions will be free.