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Amid The Global Health Crisis, People Rallied To Take Care Of Animals And Emptied An Animal Shelter For The First Time! [Video]



  • Ever since Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control has opened in Florida more than 50 years ago, their kennels in one building were emptied for the first time.
  • Despite the current health crisis worldwide, more people have taken it upon their shoulders to provide animals a loving home.
  • On Tuesday, the staffers celebrated a success they have experienced only for the first time.

Florida shelter, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, has experienced something they have never seen before. The shelter that houses rescued animals in their three different buildings, which were usually full, have recently been attending to a lot of requests from people who were looking to adopt or foster pets. 

On Tuesday, in one of their buildings, the kennels were completely emptied—for the first time since they opened more than 50 years ago.

“The kennel featured is typically almost full or full most of the time,” community outreach manager, Elizabeth Harfmann, told The Dodo. “When full it can have 48-plus dogs in it as we often double up the cages to help create more space and also give the dogs a buddy while they are here with us.” 

The shelter staffers were shocked! They could hardly believe it and that definitely calls for a celebration!

Photo Credit: Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control

“Honestly, it’s almost surreal,” Elizabeth said. “This is something that every animal welfare and shelter worker dreams of and works hard towards, but rarely sees. We are beyond excited to see so many empty kennels and so thankful to the community and everyone who made this possible.” 

In a video posted on Facebook, the staffers can be seen lining up along the empty kennels and cheering merrily for this incredible achievement!

Photo Credit: Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control

Although there are still a few animals left in the other buildings waiting for kindhearted people to provide them loving homes, the shelter hopes their current success continues to inspire other people until each and every single animal has their own families.

Elizabeth said they still have 32 dogs, a cat,  a rooster and two horses needing help.

Photo Credit: Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control

“We realize that having an empty kennel is a fleeting moment, especially for an open-admission shelter, but wanted to celebrate the success of the shelter and community for as long as that moment lasts,” she said.

Source: The Dodo