INSIDE LOOK: Edgewater Animal Shelter
Interview by Tiffany Yancey // Photos by Kelsey Walters
Q: When did the Edgewater Animal Shelter first open its doors?
A: February 2009.
Q: What sets you apart from other shelters in our area?
A: We have an amazing staff that works extremely hard to keep everything running smoothly, and we are a low-kill shelter, meaning we never euthanize for space, only for an illness that cannot be cured. We also just started offering Hempworx CBD oils and treats. These can be used for so many different ailments including allergies, anxiety, joint and mobility issues, skin problems, seizures, cancer, arthritis and chronic pain to name a few. You can pick up the product at our location in Edgewater or you can order Online at HempWorx.com/EAS. All the proceeds directly fund taking care of the animals at the shelter.
Q: On average how long does a pet stay here before they are adopted?
A: It varies, we have dogs that get adopted in a matter of days, kittens that go in a week. Then we have both dogs and cats that have been here over a year.
Q: How is the shelter funded?
A: We receive a small management fee from the city that covers about two weeks of payroll and payroll taxes. Everything else is donations from the public, local companies and revenue from our shot clinics and spay and neuters.
Q: Explain the adoption process to our readers.
A: Most of our pets can be found on PetFinder.com and adoption applications can be completed in person or via our website, EdgewaterAnimalShelter.org and submitted electronically. We do a background check and also determine which dog/cat would be best for you based on your lifestyle, kids, other pets and if you rent or own your home. If you have another dog and want to adopt a dog we do a meet and greet to be sure there will be no issues.
Q: If you are at maximum capacity and someone drops off an animal what happens next?
A: When we are at max, we cannot take anymore. We often have to turn people away, because we have to take animals from our city’s animal control, so we have to leave space for that. If someone wants to surrender their animal and we are full, we can’t take them if we have nowhere to put them.
Q: What type of volunteer opportunities do you have available?
A: We very much welcome volunteers! They do everything from cleaning and laundry to raking and petting cats. We have a lot of students doing their hours for Bright Futures, and we work with the Department of Corrections on community service workers with non- violent offenses as needed.
Q: If someone was interested in knowing more, what is the bestplace to find the information?
A: Feel free to come in or call if you would like. We also have information up on our website, Facebook page and Instagram account.
Q: What items are you in most need of?
A: We always need kitty litter, Purina Cat Chow and Kitten Chow, Pedigree dog food, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies.
Q: How often do you host clinics at the shelter and what services does that include?
A: We do low-cost shots and other wellness services includingmicrochips, heartworm tests and flea and heartworm medication twice per month. We also do low-cost spays and neuters twice per month. We are hoping to go to once-a-week by summer time.
Q: Everyone followed the story of Adonis (pictured above), and was devastated to learn of his passing. How can we as acommunity learn from this horrific situation?
A: If you see something, say something. If you think something is amiss, it probably is. We work very closely with animal control on all issues that are brought to our attention.
Q: Ponce’s Law was just recently passed, giving harsher penalties to owners who are convicted of animal abuse. Will this law affect your adoption process? If yes, how?
A: Our adoption process is pretty strict already. It should not change much on that end; it will change what happens with neglect cases in general.
EDGEWATER ANIMAL SHELTER
605 Mango Tree Dr. Edgewater, FL
Tiffany Yancey is the editor and one of the owners of East Coast Current magazine. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2005 with a degree in Communication in the Mass Media. In 2014 she was recognized by Editor & Publisher Magazine as one of the “25 Under 35” innovators in the newspaper industry. In 2016 she was elected to the Board of Directors for the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce. @eccprint