Change The Hours At Animal Services
  • Petitioned Pinellas County Animal Services

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Pinellas County Animal Services
Commissioner
Nancy Bostock
Commissioner
Susan Latvala
Commissioner Vice Chairman
Kenneth T Welch
Commissioner Chairman
John Morroni
Commisssioner
Neil Brickfield
Commissioner
Norm Roche
Commissioner
Karren Williams
Senator
Dennis Jones
Senator
Arthenia Joyner

Change The Hours At Animal Services

    1. brittany dale
    2. Petition by

      brittany dale

      Clearwater, FL

Animals that are brought to Animal Services have the least chance of survival compared to other shelters such as the SPCA and of course the Humane Society. At Pinellas County Animals Services the hours of operation for adoptions is Monday through Friday only, 9 AM to 4:30 PM, which is normally when people are at work. Adoptions are done on the first and third Saturday of every month from  9AM to 3PM, and the other two Saturdays of the month adoptable animals are brought to places like the Petsmart in Largo, and can be looked at from 9AM to Noon. The shelter is closed on Sunday.

When most people would be able to see the animals at the shelter, which is after work, or on the weekends, they are either closed or offering limited hours, either at their shelter or away, yet most animals are euthinized on Monday morning. The people that are able to go to the shelter during the week are probably once much like myself who work odd ball evening shifts, and would not be able to house an animal because of my work schedule. So to me it seems that we are not even giving these animals a fair chance to get out!

Why not do Adoptions until 7pm and start at 11? Why not have Adoptions open on Saturday or Sunday for a full day and be closed on an odd ball day like Monday or Tuesday when it is much less likely for people to be able to come in anyways??? And why not have all adoptions done on the weekends done at the actual shelter for full hours? I think the Petsmart idea is great, because the shelter gives Petsmart their cats for free to help find them homes, but this is something that should be done to supplement, not replace. If someone is going to Petsmart on a Saturday they are likely going to take care of the current pet they have, not come home with another one. And when animals are being brought from outside the facility, there are less options for the public to choose from.

This win would not only be for the animals but for the workers at the facility, where they would in time have less animals to care for, less to feed and treat, and less animals to put to sleep, opening up funding at their shelter for other areas. The shelter would be open for the exact same amount of time, but just with a different starting time and a different day off. And several of the workers there are volunteers, coming in when told so who are we cutting back these animals chance of survival for??? Volunteers want to see the animals live, that is why they are there, and I doubt would call “a strike” if they were asked to stay a bit later on Saturday. I find it odd to think that volunteers would not come forward if longer weekend shelter hours were available, as mostly retirees and teenagers (during summer) only can volunteer during the week....

Will Davis, Director of the Pinellas County Animal Services, says that some of the idea’s we have been speaking of, like extending hours during the week are in the works, and have been thought about for some time, so let’s keep the ball in motion. Let’s get REAL weekend hours to gain more volunteers and even more so let’s get weekend hours to get more animals out of the shelter and into good homes.

 

So lets recap-

-This is NOT a petition against Pinellas County Animal Services. This IS a petition to support the change in the hours at the facility, which is a decision that will be made by the County.

-We are asking for a change in hours

The current schedule is: Monday through Friday 9AM to 4:30 PM

1st Saturday- at shelter, 9AM to Noon

2nd Saturday- at Petsmart or other, 9AM to Noon

3rd Saturday- at shelter 9AM to Noon

4th Saturday- at Petsmart or other, 9am to noon.

There are no shelter hours or events on Sunday.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. PCAS has changed their forms!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      Awhile ago i submitted new versions of their owner surrender form where it would include a section on their pet being euthinized if their facility was full, the pet was determined to be aggressive, or too sick etc. And today i recieved an email from their director stating that they will in fact be changing 2 of their forms to now include the incerpt i requested! Maybe when people see EUTHINIASIA IN BOLD PRINT on the form they sign when they turn their beloved pets over they will think twice about dumping them-

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Here is the Bay News 9 ARTICLE!! Keep it going!!!!!!!!!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      REPOST AND EMAIL THE LINK!! This article has a link directly to the petition!

    4. We have almost got 1,000 Signatures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE keep posting this link!!!!!!!!!! The word needs to get out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5. Get the word out there! Owner surrenders may end in death!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      People need to know that if they give there dog to a county shelter that they may be sentencing them to death! Owner surrenders are not held any longer and will be euthanized when room needs to be made.

    6. Hours of Operation at other counties in the Central West Region

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
      440 N. Falkenburg Rd.Tampa, FL 33619
      Main:
      813-744-5660
      After-Hours Cruelty Reporting:
      813-744-5550
      HOURS
      Tuesday - Friday*
      9:00 am - 6:00 pm
      Saturday
      9:00 am - 3:30 pm
      Sunday
      11:00 am - 3:30 pm
      *Adoptions close 30 minutes prior to closing on weekdays

      CITRUS COUNTY
      4030 S. Airport Rd.
      Inverness, FL. 34450
      Office: (352)746-8400
      Fax: (352)726-4120
      TTY: (352)726-7093
      Email: Adoptions@bocc.citrus.fl.us
      Monday - Closed
      Tuesday - 10:00am - 4:00pm
      Wednesday - 10:00am - 4:00pm
      Thursdays: 10:00am - 6:00pm
      Friday - 10:00am - 4:00pm
      Saturdays: 10:00am - 4:00pm
      Sundays and Holidays: Closed
      Director/Staff Veterinarian: Julie Rosenberger
      Manager: Pattie Amon

      HERNANDO COUNTY
      Visiting Hours
      Monday 10:30am - 5:30pm
      Tuesday - Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm
      Closed Saturday, Sunday, Holidays

      PASCO COUNTY
      John W. Malley
      Manager

      19640 Dogpatch Ln.
      Land O'Lakes, FL 34638
      View Map

      Ph: (813) 929-1212
      Ph: (727) 834-3216
      Ph: (352) 521-5194
      Fx: (813) 929-1218
      Hours
      Administration and Fiel

    7. IMPORTANT UPDATE

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      After speaking with the Director at Pinellas County Animal Services i have made some adjustments to the petition because of misunderstanding of their website. It all in all proclaims the same message, which is that 9-noon is simply not enough. I will add that speaking to the director was less than pleasant, But either way, this is NOT an attack to the shelter, we need the County themselves to be aware of our efforts to make the change.

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. REPOST!!! KEEP GOING

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      we have gone from 463 to 603 since last night!!

    10. Airing on Bay News 9 has gotten us 80+ more signatures~

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      Lets keep this going! If you find the video online repost it, and repost our link to the petition!

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. Bay News 9 Interview showing tonight at 5ish!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      Lets get this recorded so we can pass it around! Thank you everyone! lets keep sharing,posting,tweeting! https://www.change.org/petitions/change-the-hours-at-animal-services

    13. Bay News 9 Interview showing tonight at 5ish!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      Finally getting the interview to air! Lets get this recorded to get it passes around! Thank you everyone!

    14. Interview with bay news 9!!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      I just had a short interview with bay news 9 about our pettition!!!!!!!! Hopefully it will air tomorrow morning or night! Thank you to evryone who has gotten us this far! keep spreading the word!

    15. 439 supporters!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for everyone who has signed a believes in this petition as right and possible. I have contacted a state senator and am awaiting his response. Please do not stop posting the petition link and spreading the word about a very possible change.!

    16. Thank you New Pinellas County Signees!!!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE POST THIS LINK TO YOUR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ACCOUNTS TO GET THE WORD SPREAD FASTER!! oVER 300,000,000 ANIMALS WERE EUTHANIZED NATION WIDE LAST YEARS ALONE. LETS GET PINELLAS COUNTY ANIMALS SERVICES TO CHANGE ITS HOURS AND THEN CHANGE ANIMAL SERVICES HOURS NATIONALLY. THIS CAN BE THE BIG BREAK!!!!

    17. YAY!! 300 REACHED!!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who is signing this pettition and passing it around! With your help and cooperation we will meet our goal! Please repost the link for this petition and lets get another 50 signatures today!

    18. FIND ME ON FACEBOOK AND LOOK AT MELISSA THE DOG

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      BRITTANY DALE BRANDEMIHL

    19. WE lost another one in Hillsborough County

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      Please look at my facebook and see the highlighted post about Melissa the dog who was taken from a bad enviornment and now has been put to sleep because she could not get a foster or someone to adopt her.

    20. Reached 250 signatures
    21. After Hours Drop Off Closed to the public!?????

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      Check out this letter on the new deop off policy too..... its only open to "law enforcement" but the people that deal with the investigations and pick ups also stop patrolling at 5! This is why people end up doing worse to their unwanted pets then just handing them over to a shelter. They say that it is now this way because it is unsafe for the animals to be left unattended overnight, but what other option will the person take when they were already going to throw out their unwanted or injured pet?? That is why puppies end up in suitcases and garbage cans!

    22. We are at 215 Signatures~

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      This is great!!! I have also made contacts with people that host dog events so i can show up clip board in hand and get signatures that way! Keep posting on facebook,myspace,twitter...email whatever/whenever you can! We have gotten off to such a great start thanks to all of you! We must prevail!

    23. This is the beging for changes to be made at shelters everywhere!!!!

      brittany dale
      Petition Organizer

      This is amazing, starting the petition only yesterday we have 101 signatures and with all of us reposting and using other networks we will reach our goal in no time!!! Use the link below to post it on all of your networks !

    24. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Holly Fleming SEMINOLE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Longer hours means more pets will be adopted!

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    • Denise Posik ST. PETERSBURG, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Yes, give these babies more visibility by making them accessible to more people, at better times. And, anytime you hear someone say that they want a cat/dog, refer them to animal services to give these babies a better chance to live.

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    • Elizabeth Anderson TAMPA, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      All animals deserve a loving home. Owning an animal is shown to have positive health benefits for their owners, longer life span, lower stress level and so on. If we can change hours to be open while more working citizens are off work and free they might just stumble into your agency and save a life. Give it a chance, see the change.

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    • Lia Binetti SPRING HILL, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      This needs to be standard practice in ALL high kill "shelters"/animal control centers, in every county in every state! I'm sure there are enough volunteers/rescuers who'd be willing to help on the weekends!

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    • Maria Sansone NEW PORT RICHEY, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because all animals deserve a chance at a good life, and every second counts for them.

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