A Hardee County, Florida pet shelter is not only on a mission to save animals in their community, they’re also coming up with innovative ideas to care for animals who have lost an owner to death or illness.
Barry and Jill Edgley will open TAPS at 2646 Merle Langford Road, which is a 9.87-acre site owned by Grady Sr. and Patricia Johnson. Residents may remember it as the former Hardee Association for Retarded Citizens educational center.
The Johnsons and Edgley’s were approved for the shelter on June 4 at the Hardee County Planning and Zoning Board meeting. The plans for the ‘little pioneer village’ as it’s being called, will hopefully bring about a change to the Hardee County shelter system.
The local shelter in Hardee County has a 95% euthanasia rate, including young puppies and kittens. Through TAPS, the community will be educated on spay and neuter and how it will help eliminate the overpopulation problem in the area.
Each animal to enter TAPS is checked for adoption suitability, looked over by their veterinarian, given appropriate vaccinations, spayed/neutered and placed in their care-free facility until loving homes can be found. No animal will be euthanized except for health reasons.
Being a very rural county TAPS needs help to get exposure for their building need. Each house costs $5,000 to build and holds 16 cats on each side, 8 little dogs, 4 on each size, or 2 big dogs 1 each side or 2 each side if they come together. This arrangement is so much better than being cooped up in a kennel or cage.
The first cottage, pictured here, was built through a donation received when a beloved friend left a donation to TAPS in her will. It represents what the buildings in the pioneer village will look like upon completion.
Trust Again, has plans to assist pet owners with a pet will, where pets that are willed to TAPS if the owner should pass away or become incapacitated will have a home, with owners instruction of care. They also have plans for a memorial garden for either people or pets, which will help with funding as both will be donation orientated.
TAPS Facebook page here.