TAMPA, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center in Tampa may have adjusted its hours but it is still open to care for dog and cats.
The shelter made several adjustments as coronavirus spreads across the country.
The Pet Resource Center will close on Sundays and Mondays.
New hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The shelter opens from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
"We've limited our hours so that our staff is not getting a lot of exposure because we know the animals are going to be here every day and my staff needs to be here every day," said Scott Trebatoski, Director of the Pet Resource Center.
The shelter has also waived all adoption fees.
"Normally, the adoption fee is like $20, but reclaim fees if you have a lost dog can range anywhere from $50 to $100. We want people if their dogs are lost to get in here and get them," said Trebatoski.
The shelter is also limiting the intake of dogs and cats except for cases involving injury, severe neglect or animal bites.
The Pet Resource Center wants to make sure the shelter is not overcrowded.
"We don't want to take in owner surrenders and things like this at this point because we want to be available should the need arise," said Trebatoski.
Angelo Owens adopted a 1-year-old dog at the shelter on Tuesday.
"We know they're overcrowded kind of and this is a good place so we just want to find a friend and help out," said Owens.
The Pet Resource center needs foster homes. Anyone interested should call 813-744-5660.