By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Brevard Animal shelters are hosting a month-long "name-your-price" adoption event this July.
The North and South Animal Care Centers in Melbourne and Titusville are allowing the public to name its price for all pet adoptions, including cats, dogs and rabbits.
"The county shelters are full and continue to kill animals," said Debbie Rich, an animal-rights advocate. "It is an awesome deal because the adoption fee for dogs is normally $80 and cats are normally $70."
Besides the name-your-price, residents will also have to pay $10 for county tags for dogs and cats.
Ms. Rich said that this is the first time an adoption event of this type has happened in Brevard.
Furthermore, Ms. Rich said that she and other animal-rights advocates are looking forward to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office overtaking Animal Enforcement this fall.
On Tuesday, March 18, the Brevard County Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of merging animal services with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.
"The first thing we'll do is further develop the foundation that is already in place," Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said about the merger in April. "Part of this strategy will be to work closely with our private, nonprofit partners and volunteers, who all share a core passion to protect our animals and our community."
Sheriff Ivey said he hopes to have an "awareness campaign" to increase adoption rates for local animals, as well as utilize "inmate labor" to save taxpayer dollars, and created changes in the facility appearance and operational capabilities.
"As the merger progresses, the Brevard County Animal Services Program will be one that we are all proud of and that can be used as a model program for others to use throughout the state," he said.
As an elected official, Sheriff Ivey will run the agency without direct supervision from the County Manager's Office or the Commission.
The-name-your-price adoption special will take place at South Animal Care Center in Melbourne, 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., and North Animal Care Center in Titusville, 2605 Flake Road, every day but Wednesday, from noon to 6 p.m.
For more information, contact the Melbourne location at (321) 253-6608 or the Titusville location at (321) 264-5119.