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Posted July 17, 2017 | 1:43 PM

More than 50,000 lives changed since 2013

Pet Resource Center celebrates major milestone

Hillsborough County celebrates a major milestone this week: More than 50,000 dogs and cats have found homes through the Pet Resource Center and its rescue partners in the last four years.

Before the Board of County Commissioners embarked on the Be the Way Home plan in May 2013, about 40 percent of the animals brought into PRC were adopted out. In 2016, that figure had more than doubled to 85.5 percent, including 90 percent for dogs, an amazing figure for a shelter that accepts any pet regardless of size, age, breed, or medical condition. PRC is the only open-admission shelter in Hillsborough County.

The increase in the number of pets finding new homes is the result of close cooperation with animal rescue groups and new policies that aggressively promote adoption, foster, and spay-and-neuter programs. The shelter also depends on a talented veterinary staff and dedicated community volunteers. More than 640 volunteers logged in 26,000 hours of service in 2016, with many of those hours dedicated to finding loving homes for shelter pets.

In celebration of the milestone, PRC is creating a wall at the shelter to showcase the pets with their adopted families. Adopters are encouraged to take a family photo with their PRC dog or cat and drop it off at the center, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, or email it to PRCvolunteer@hillsboroughcounty.org.

Interested in adopting a furry friend from PRC? Learn more here!