No room at shelter for drop-off cats

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Due to necessary renovations to the cat rooms at the animal center, Marion County Animal Services has temporarily suspended intake of owner-surrendered cats. Beginning in January, the cat adoption and stray rooms will be hard hat-only areas as crews work to replace the roofs, and no cats will be able to be housed there for the duration of re-roofing activities.
Residents who have found stray cats are welcome to bring them to the animal center to be scanned for a microchip, but will be encouraged to pursue alternatives to leaving them at the animal center due to the temporary extreme space limitations.
Cats will still be available for adoption in other rooms at the animal center as well as at the Lady Lake PetSmart in-store adoption center located at 534 S. U.S. Highway 441, Lady Lake. For more information, call 352-671-8700 or email animalservices@marioncountyfl.org. The $25 adoption fee includes the spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, microchip and license.
Marion County Animal Services provides both animal shelter and animal control functions. The Animal Center is the county’s only open-admission shelter. That means the department accepts any Marion animal that comes to its doors, regardless of breed, temperament, health or how desirable that animal might be to some people. The center receives animals that were abused and abandoned, strays brought in by residents or animal control officers, and pets surrendered by their owners because they couldn’t or didn’t want to care for them anymore.
In fiscal year 14-15, the Animal Center received more than 10,300 animals, including cats, dogs, pocket pets, horses and other livestock. Animal Services staff provided low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to more than 5,000 animals, helping to reduce pet overpopulation and ensuring that more shelter pets find homes. Animal control officers responded to more than 10,000 cases with more than 12,000 follow-up visits in fiscal year 14-15. These calls included animal cruelty, abandoned animals, strays and dangerous dog cases.