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Hillsborough animal hospitals fostering shelter animals to up adoptions
Hillsborough animal hospitals fostering shelter animals to up adoptions

Hillsborough Co., FL-- Increase animal adoptions and decrease the euthanasia rate. That's the goal of the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation as it launches a new pilot program called "AWAKE".

As a part of the new program, local veterinary hospitals will foster pets from the Animal Shelter until a forever family can be found for them.

"These are pets that are beyond the normal wait time and would have to be euthanized, [without] this fostering program," explained a foundation representative.

The following hospitals have agreed to provide any medical requirements, food and shelter until the fostered animals are adopted: 

  • Boyette Animal Hospital
  • Erlich Animal Hospital
  • FourPaws Animal Hospital
  • Tampa Veterinary Hospital
  • Timberlane Animal Hospital
  • Wellswood Midtown Animal Hospital
  • Veterinary Center at Fishhawk

The foundation plans to perfect this program at the participating veterinary hospitals, and then extend it to other hospitals within the county. 

"As Hillsborough County continues to improve its animal control policies, focus on the adoption of pets to good homes is vital. The overpopulation of pets will not be solved overnight, and the most progressive animal shelters constantly strive to improve adoption rates," said the representative. "Fostering programs are an important component of the adoption process and provides additional resources to extend the time needed to find homes for unwanted pets."

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