Animal shelter could help keep cats, dogs from being euthanized

Animals to roam freely in 8,000-square-foot facility

ORLANDO, Fla. - An animal shelter in Merritt Island is making a big impact on homeless cats and dogs in the Brevard area.

The Central Brevard Humane Society has opened an 8,000 square-foot facility that can house an additional 50 animals. This is big news for cats and dogs that would normally have a limited amount of time at county shelters before being euthanized.

The building, which was donated in 2012 by the Platano family, will allow its four-legged inhabitants to roam free throughout the facility.

"We're doing free roaming, which is more conducive to an animal and when people come in," said Theresa Clifton, executive director of the Central Brevard Humane Society. "[People] don't feel teared up because the animals are in cages…They come in and see them romping and it's fun."

Clifton says that the opening of the adoption center will help Brevard County become a "no kill" community, which means that animals won't be euthanized when a shelter becomes full.

"If you have an area where it's convenient for people to go to — we're open every day, so it's time-convenient — then, they can come in and see them and get adopted. And that's what its all about."

If you're interested in adopting an animal at the Central Brevard Humane Society, it is open daily at 10 a.m.

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