Inmate labor proves cost-effective, will expand

A program that assigns inmate labor to county departments worked so well in the past year, it is being tripled in size. Pasco County commissioners have agreed to increase the program from one crew, up to three crews, effective April 25. Animal services, public works, parks and recreation, and facilities management are the beneficiaries. The funds for the expansion weren’t initially in the … [Read more...]

Animal shelter to honor former commissioner

Pat Mulieri was not always one of the biggest public supporters of the Pasco County animal shelter. But time made a difference, and Pasco County Animal Services will honor the dedication of her time over recent years on Dec. 20. The shelter, located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O' Lakes, is set to dedicate its window room to Mulieri's Mutt Room of Hope. It will take on the kind of catchy … [Read more...]

Pet shelter suffering from dog overcrowding

It's winter time, when the number of cats and dogs ending up at animal shelters is lower than normal. But that's not the case right now, as the shelter at Pasco County Animal Services is overcapacity with dogs. Because of that, the shelter is waiving adoption fees on selected animals for the remainder of November. "It's hit a critical point," animal services manager Mike Shumate said, in a … [Read more...]

Pet shelter changing way animal owners think

Out of sight, out of mind. Pat Mulieri wasn’t part of the decision that built Pasco County’s animal shelter well off the beaten path inside the Lake Patience community and behind Oakstead Elementary School, but there are times she wishes she was. The shelter is 2 miles off Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, requiring a little bit of navigation along Lake Patience Road to Dogpatch Lane. Locals know … [Read more...]

Adopt a pet for free on Saturday

It was originally intended just for students, but the Pasco County Animal Shelter is expanding its free adoption event at the Land O' Lakes facility on July 26. "We hope our efforts to allow free adoptions for everybody on Saturday will relieve overcrowding," said animal services manager Mike Shumate, in a release. "So anyone who wants to bring a pet to a loving home can adopt for free for one … [Read more...]

Animal shelter offering cat adoption for $15

Throughout June, Pasco County Animal Services has reduced the adoption fees for cats and kittens to $15. It’s part of a “Pasco Saves Lives” promotion to save lives and find homes for abandoned, and otherwise unwanted, cats and kittens. “We are now in ‘kitten season’ when there is a surge of adorable kittens entering animal shelters that are already full with cats needing homes,” said Mike … [Read more...]

Shelter dogs desperately seeking adoptive, foster homes

Pasco County Animal Services say their shelter is now bursting at the seams with adoptable dogs, and they need some caring individuals and families to help find them a home. “The shelter is currently over capacity for dogs, and we need help right now,” said Mike Shumate, the county’s animal services manager, in a release. The dogs, he said, have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, and … [Read more...]