Rescue of 60 Star Center Animals Puts Florence Animal Shelter in Urgent Need for Foster Homes | New

If you have room for another dog – or a few – at home, Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services needs your help more than ever.

More than 60 animals, including two dozen puppies, left the animal shelter in dire need of people willing to serve as adoptive parents.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of removing 45 adult dogs and 24 puppies from a Center Star property after a months-long investigation into complaints of chained and abused animals.

Due to the large number of dogs, transportation had to be arranged to the animal shelter. The problem: The animal shelter needs room for the dogs.

That’s why they put out an emergency appeal Thursday night via social media, calling on anyone willing and able to foster a dog to call them at 256-760-6676. The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Hosting is free and temporary but requires certain conditions to be met. These include being 19 years of age or older; showing valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license; provide proof of vaccination for all other dogs or cats living in the home; be able to transport the host animal to and from FLAS during working hours; and be able to provide a safe, loving and stable environment for the foster animal.

Host applications can be found online here. Find tips for bringing home a foster dog here and introducing them to cats here.

Training and support are offered to foster parents.

There are also ways to support the shelter by volunteering to walk dogs, train and socialize shelter animals, help members find lost animals, promote awareness and events, help clean up the shelter, collect funds for the shelter, transporting animals across the United States to other shelters. or rescue groups, and online promotion of adoptable animals.

As for the dogs rescued from Center Star, sheriff’s office investigator Matt Burbank said they were transferred to Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services in groups due to their numbers. An adult dog needed immediate medical attention.

It is not immediately known if anyone has been arrested or will be charged in the case.

Stick with WAAY 31 for updates.

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