“An incredible and joyful thing happened today,” the shelter’s Facebook post reads.
A Florida animal shelter recently celebrated an out of the ordinary event in its history when one of its three kennels were left completely empty for the first time ever.
Having never known a time when all of the kennels weren’t packed with stray and abandoned dogs, Florida shelter shared the amazing news on Facebook with an uplifting video of its staff clapping.
Normally, the kennel is at capacity with 48 dogs.
The shelter also takes in pigs, horses, goats, and chickens in need of a home.
They receive an estimated 40 to 60 new cats and dogs a day, but this has slowed down as many families keep their pets with them during the ongoing pandemic.
The staff and volunteers of Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control marked the incredible milestone by cheering and clapping for everyone whose hard work, commitment, and support made it possible.
An incredible and joyful thing happened today….For the first time in the history of Palm Beach County Animal Care and…
Posted by Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control on Tuesday, 14 April 2020
“We’ve never seen numbers this low,” said the shelter’s community outreach manager, Elizabeth Harfmann.
The kennel that has become the cause for celebration, “It’s definitely been a combined effort from the community.
“The animals went to foster homes, adopters, and to our partner rescue organizations,” said Harfmann. “We’ve also seen a decrease in incoming animals, so that has helped as well.”
Empty kennel runs in the 1 of 3 dog kennel buildings at the shelter.
Posted by Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control on Thursday, 16 April 2020
Shelters throughout the country are up as people have more time and interest in caring for a pet while they stay at home.
In addition to helping animal shelters, fostering or adopting a pet while self-quarantining could also prove beneficial to the mental health of self-quarantined individuals.