NBCUniversal Local and Telemundo are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive in September 2021 that helps find loving homes for animals in need.
More than 551,000 pets have found their forever homes since 2015.
To continue to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee County Domestic Animal Services Adoption Center is open 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday by appointment only.
The adoption center will feature a Pet of the Day whose adoption fee will be waived with an approved application each day leading up to the event day on Saturday, Sept.18, when all adoption fees are waived.
To schedule an appointment leading up to or on the day of the event, call 239-533-9216.
Photos and information about lost pets or pets for adoption are available on the agency’s website at www.leelostpets.com. Pet info on the website updates hourly. Adoption applications may be completed online. Anyone interested in fostering pets may also obtain an application online.
The adoption package valued at $600 includes the following:
Rabies vaccination and county license for pets over 3 months
Lee County Domestic Animal Services, along with county agencies, area shelters and rescues, will decorate kennels and catteries this weekend for the “Flip This Kennel” event to highlight shelter pets in the county’s adoption center.
Visitors to the shelter on Saturday can vote for their favorite flip between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. People also can vote on the DAS Facebook page by liking the picture of a favorite kennel or cattery all day Saturday and Sunday.
Winners will be posted on the Facebook page Monday.
This is the seventh annual “Flip This Kennel” event and this year’s theme is “Video Games.” Prizes will be awarded for first, second, third place and honorable mention in both in-house and Facebook votes.
The adoption center at Lee County Domestic Animal Services, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
On October 7, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a dog with a rope embedded in its neck.
A local rescue learned about the situation and reached out to Lee County Domestic Animal Services. Due to the nature of the incident, LCDAS notified the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Animal Cruelty Task Force assumed the investigation.
Detectives responded to the 800 Block of Andalusia Boulevard in Cape Coral and located the suspect, Robert Callahan (DOB 7/10/80).
Detectives learned that Callahan did not have a proper collar for his dog, Charlie, so he used a rope to tether him in the backyard. The rope caused a severe, gaping wound to the entire width of Charlie’s neck.
“This disgusting act against an animal has me outraged,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “This is exactly why my Animal Cruelty Task Force is in place.”
Charlie was taken to a local animal hospital, where he received surgery to close the large wound on his neck. A physical examination of Charlie revealed the animal was flea-ridden and extremely emaciated. The veterinarian stated the injuries were consistent with being kept on a rope outside for an extended period of time with no care.
Charlie is currently in recovery. Animal Cruelty Detectives established probable cause to arrest Callahan and charge him with aggravated animal cruelty.
“Callahan is right where he belongs – in the Lee County Jail,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno.
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is observed each year on April 30. This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters.
Animal shelters require year-round assistance. Adoption is a part of the process. Animals come in daily, and the shelters work quickly to ensure the animal’s health and well being so they can be adopted into their forever home. On National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, visit a shelter near you and find your new fur baby. Visit with the shelter to consider all the needs the dog or cat requires for the long term.
If you feel you can’t meet those needs, consider adopting in another way. Give your time by volunteering. Not only will this help the shelter by providing the animals exercise, companionship and socialization, but it also gives you that wonderful animal love we all so enjoy.
Check the shelter’s donation needs list and bring the items you are able to give. This will help the shelter animals find their forever homes more quickly.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Visit a shelter today and consider adopting. Remember to spay and neuter your fur babies to help reduce the number of unwanted pets in the population.
Recent studies show we have made progress in this area. Let’s keep up the good work and take good care of these animals who we consider to be family. Celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day by sharing pictures of your adopted pet on social media using #AdoptAShelterPetDay.
April is National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services along with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) works to prevent animal cruelty in Lee County. Many animals end up in shelters in need of homes as a result of neglect.
LCSO’s newest member, Deputy Chance, is an example of how giving shelter pets a new “leash” on life can be rewarding.
One way the public can get involved is to adopt a shelter pet. From April 1 through April 30, all adoptions will be reduced to $30 with an approved application. The adoption package includes spay or neuter, microchip, up-to-date vaccinations, county license, and a 10-day health guarantee. This is a $500 package.
Visit 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the adoption center, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers.
For more information, call 239-533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or visit www.LeeLostPets.com.
Find Lee County Domestic Animal Services’ social media sites on Facebook or Instagram @leeanimalservices.