Giving shelter pets a better chance at survival

Posted at 6:52 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 18:52:53-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-- On Thursday, staff from Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League visited Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, to pick out some dogs to bring back to their shelter on Military Trail.

While the county shelter has drastically cut back on how often it euthanizes animals to make space for others, it's still a lingering threat for animals at the shelter.

But at Peggy Adams, animals aren't euthanized to make space, according to its director of operations, Jim Lilli.

Jim says the shelter has a great live-release rate.

He says 98 percent of dogs are released alive, along with 87 percent of cats.

The county's shelter is working on getting similar numbers.

Dianne Sauve, director of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, says the shelter's partnership with other rescue groups helps keep her shelter from euthanizing pets for space.

"The relationship that we have with all our replacement partners has allowed us to have a live-release rate in our shelter of 85% and that is amazing," Dianne says.

There are dozens of partners that help lessen the load at AC&C, but Peggy Adams helps the most.

"We get dogs every day that are hit by cars, found limping, found sick. So they also take those kind of dogs from us," Dianne says.

So far this year, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has taken in 341 dogs from AC&C and 105 cats.

The rescue keeps animals for as long as it takes to find a new home.

One resident, a cat named Summer, has been there for more than 700 days.