110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Beacon staff
posted Jul 28, 2009 - 5:47:35pm
DeLand Police Chief Ed Overman had a good report for the second day of operation at Second Chance Animal Shelter.
The facility was opened by the City of DeLand in rented quarters at 1601 Old Daytona St., to give animals picked up by the city a “second chance” to be reunited with their owners.
If the animals’ owners are not found, or they are not rescued from Second Chance, they will be taken to Halifax Humane Society, where they likely will be euthanized, because of the crush of unwanted animals that floods into the Daytona Beach shelter.
“Today was a good day for the second-chance program,” Overman told the city manager on Friday, July 24. “We released all the cats we had (seven) to a rescue group. That resulted in a savings to the city of $560.00. Not a bad start.”
One dog remains at the shelter, and it was to be offered for adoption July 27, Overman said.
The shelter, which opened July 23, can accommodate as many as six dogs and 25 cats picked up by the city’s animal-control officers. The animals will be kept at Second Chance for three days.
After the three-day holding period expires, local animal-welfare volunteers may seek to find other homes for the pets.
In addition to saving pet owners the trouble of driving to Daytona Beach to find lost pets, the shelter is expected to save the city the money it would otherwise have to pay to Halifax to shelter the animals.
Operation of the shelter, care of the animals and the placement of pets will be coordinated with volunteers.
The shelter isn’t the only effort DeLand is making to help reduce the population of unwanted pets. The city also has an animal-tag law aimed at helping people locate and identify lost pets.
According to Chapter 4 of the City Ordinances, any dog or cat over 6 months old kept by an owner within the City’s animal-control jurisdiction needs to have a tag.
The official penalty is $50, but city officials have said they hope to enforce the ordinance through education rather than penalties.
Residents can come into City Hall with vaccination and records of spaying or neutering, and get an animal tag for $4.
The tag will identify the pet if it gets lost and is picked up by DeLand animal control. If the pet is not spayed or neutered, the tag will cost $6.
Beginning Oct. 1, tags will also be available at participating local veterinary offices: FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital, DeLand Animal Hospital, Countryside Animal Clinic and Woodland Animal Clinic.
Additionally, the city recently partnered with the County of Volusia to bring the Pet Vet Cruiser to City of DeLand residents.
The Pet Vet Cruiser is a mobile veterinary clinic for lower-income pet owners who qualify to have their pets surgically sterilized. Rabies vaccinations may also be provided.
Appointments are required; call (386) 626-6643.
Also beginning Oct. 1, dogs and cats over 6 months of age living in the city of DeLand will be required to be spayed or neutered.
There are several exemptions to this ordinance for certain types of animals, such as racing, hunting, show, obedience, assistance, and police dogs.
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