The Pet Resource Center, Hillsborough County’s public animal shelter and the first place for pets, is proud to unveil its new, state-of-the-art veterinary suite aimed at increasing positive outcomes for the community’s homeless animals.
An expanded medical facility has replaced the shelter’s former surgical room; County veterinarians and technicians can now perform up to 70 surgeries and 50 exams per day. The new veterinary suites are expected to increase adoptions by making more pets healthier and available faster.
While the bulk of the surgeries performed at the Pet Resource Center are the spay and neuter sterilizations of adoptable shelter pets, County veterinarians are routinely called upon to perform other skilled medical procedures such as eyelid repairs, life-saving amputations, and even forensic testing for investigators.
The County’s newly upgraded medical suite also allows veterinary staff more opportunities to perform a larger number of the treatments most commonly needed by shelter animals. These include blood and skin tests to properly diagnose and treat issues such as heart worms, skin diseases, viruses and other maladies frequently found in homeless and neglected pets.
County veterinarians are also excited to utilize the shelter’s first-ever digital radiograph machine. The new acquisition will be instrumental for quickly revealing information that saves time and lives. The x-ray machine and other veterinary tools aid animal cruelty investigations, put more pets on the path to adoption, and cut costs by eliminating the need to send animals to outside facilities.
Per County policy, these veterinary facilities are to be utilized strictly for the care, treatment, and sterilization of the animals in temporary residence at the County shelter. Citizens seeking care for owned pets are reminded to visit their family veterinarian.
Because the Pet Resource Center is often the first place to receive the community’s lost and surrendered pets, the shelter hopes to be the first place adopters consider when bringing home a new furry, family member. The facility is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for adoptions, lost pet searches, and County pet license tags. All animal adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, micro-chipping, vaccinations and more.
For more information on pet adoption, contact Hillsborough County’s Pet Resource Center at (813) 744-5660 or visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets.