Pasco County Animal Services was named Outstanding Animal Care & Control Agency for 2021 by the National Animal Care & Control Association. Since 2019, PCAS has saved at least 90% of the animals entering our shelter. We currently have an overall save rate of 93% and one of the highest save rates for dogs in Florida at 97%.
This year, PCAS saw one of our most progressive movements, shifting our focus from traditional sheltering to keeping pets out of a shelter and with their families. We have developed several new programs, including a public pet food pantry, one-time medical expense fund and boarding for pets of citizens facing housing insecurity.
Director Mike Shumate was elected to the Florida Animal Control Association Board of Directors. He will represent Pasco, Hernando, Sumter, Citrus, Marion and Levy counties for a three-year term.
Under Mike's leadership, PCAS implemented a goal of saving at least 90% of the animals entering its shelter. In 2020, the live-release rate was 94%. PCAS has also become a Tier 1 shelter under Human Animal Support Services, developing several programs to help people keep their pets.
Pasco County Animal Services received a $25,000 grant from Petco Love to help curb pet overpopulation. PCAS is partnering with the Humane Society of Pasco County and SPCA Suncoast for this grant, which allows us to provide spay and neuter surgeries without passing the cost along to adopters, rescue partners or community cat caregivers.
Pasco County Animal Services received a $50,000 grant from Maddie’s Fund to provide resources for pet owners in need. This will help to keep pets with their families — and out of the shelter. The money will go toward needs such as pet supplies and food, medical care and short-term boarding. Friends of Animal Services is distributing the grant money.
Human Animal Support Services has named Pasco County Animal Services a Tier 1 shelter. This means PCAS will be a mentor and example for shelters throughout the country.
HASS Tier 1 shelter requirements include reuniting lost pets with their owners, providing resources for owners to keep or rehome their pets, and reducing animals' length of stay in the shelter. PCAS offers a variety of programs and services to implement this model.