Tallahassee Animal Service Center faces volunteer shortage and influx of animals



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Tallahassee Animal Service Center has a full house with half the staff at the moment.

The shelter said it was feeling the effects of COVID-19, not only by being at maximum capacity and taking care of more than 180 animals, but also by working with less than half of the volunteers it normally does.

WCTV’s Katie Kaplan visited the shelter on Wednesday and learned how the community can help.

A representative from a shelter told WCTV that summer is normally a busy time of year, but right now the situation is exacerbated after spaying and sterilization slowed down during the pandemic and the departure of children. volunteers.

“We need help in all kinds of areas,” said Deputy Director Michael St. John. “I hope we’ll get through this smoothly, like we do all the time. We’re reaching out to other relief groups in other places. We have a strong transportation program underway.

St. John said Wednesday’s inventory showed 186 animals, including cats, dogs and even rabbits.

The shelter is in desperate need of volunteers, and volunteer Colleen Fahey said, “We could definitely use more volunteers here. “

Only 130 of their 280 normal assistants returned after the pandemic.

“A lot of times the kennel is so full, as it is now,” said Phil Street, Level II dog walker. “It’s very difficult to get all the dogs out, so they can spend a day or two in their kennels.”

Many volunteers favor part of the overflow.

“There are 10 cats in my house right now,” said Lynn Miller, cat volunteer.

Zharion Johnson, who adopted a cat on Wednesday, said: “I felt like we had a connection so this is the one we get.”

So whether you’re looking for a friend like Johnson, or just have some spare time like 13-year-old Fahey, “Do whatever it takes. Clean the cages, sweep, scrub, collect. I think the “funniest” part is walking the dogs. “

The refuge invites you to visit its website by clicking here and make a difference in the life of a furry companion.

Anyone interested in adopting should first make an appointment to visit the shelter online, which they can do by calling 850-891-2950.

If you can’t adopt or donate your time, you can donate to the shelter via Amazon, where they’ve already put together a wishlist.

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