The Animal Shelter Foundation supports animals in the care of the Animal Service Center by funding a variety of programs that improve the quality of life for both the animals in need and those entrusted in their care.
The Heartworm Help program boosts the chance of adoption for dogs with heartworm by giving adopters a choice to either have the dog treated at the Animal Service Center at no cost or taking the dog to a partner veterinarian, where ASF pays a portion of the treatment costs directly, reducing the cost of treatment to the adopter. The program ensures every homeless, heartworm-positive dog gets a second chance.
Animal Birth Control
The Animal Birth Control program focuses on reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens surrendered to the Shelter each year. The program provides vouchers for no-cost spay or neuter surgery, which are distributed through the Shelter as well as by city and county animal-control officers.
ASF partners with the Shelter each year to provide low-cost vaccinations and micro-chipping assistance, which reduces the number of pets relinquished to the Shelter for financial reasons an increases the chances that a lost pet can be returned to its home quickly and safely.
Doggie Manners Classes
ASF developed its Doggie Manners Classes to help keep adopted dogs in their homes by offering all adoptive families a low-cost basic dog training class. The classes teach the basic doggie manners needed to help keep shelter pups – and their owners – living happily together in their new homes. The six week course will be held on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm.
Vet Care Program
The Vet Care program identifies animals in need and secures veterinary treatment, often at a reduced cost, from local veterinarians. The assistance ASF provides through the Vet Care program gets shelter pets healthy and ready for adoption into a forever home.
The canine HART program is a partnership between the Animal Service Center and Wakulla Correctional Institute (WCI) in Wakulla County. The program, which began in 2010, assists dogs with canine heartworm disease treatment and recovery to increase their adoptability. These dogs remain in the correctional institute for three months during their recovery and receive basic obedience training while they are there.
The canine UTOPIA program is a partnership between the Animal Service Center and the Taylor Correctional Institution (TCI) in Perry. This program was started in 2007 to increase the adoptability of the canines in training. The dogs are housed at TCI for eight weeks to receive socialization and basic obedience training, which they must complete before being adopted.
Angel Tree is a holiday program that encourages animal lovers to make donations to benefit various ASF programs and ASC needs such formula for puppies and kittens, canned food, leashes, collars, carriers and toys.