Florissant Amends Animal Adoption Policy, will Vaccinate Before Adoption

In response to a recent visit by the State of Missouri’s Department of Agriculture and its Division of Animal Health, the City of Florissant revised its requirement for vaccination of dogs and cats put up for adoption by the Florissant Health Department.

After a routine visit to Florissant’s dog pound recently in March, representatives of the State’s Division of Animal Health stated that the City would no longer be permitted to give up dogs and cats for adoption prior to any such animals age 4 months or older receiving a rabies vaccination.

Previously, Florissant’s Health Department allowed people to adopt such dogs or cats with the provision that all necessary rabies vaccinations, spaying and/or neutering would be accomplished by the new owner within 30 days of the adoption.

The city has amended its regulations regarding adoption procedures to reflect the State’s Division of Animal Health requirements. Florissant will still require spaying and/or neutering as stated above. Florissant’s animal facility will use local veterinarians to vaccinate such animals and institute a $40 adoption fee (same as St. Louis County) to help cover the price of the vaccination to adopting families.

For more information about adoption procedures at the Florissant Health Department’s animal facility, call 314-839-7654 or visit www.florissantmo.com

In related news, City Director of Health Lou Jearls released the following statement.

To the Citizens of Florissant:

In response to recent postings on social media sites regarding treatment of animals by the City of Florissant’s Health Department, we have never used animals as food and/or bait for other animals.  Since I became Director of Health in 1981, it has always been our policy to treat any animal brought to our pound with dignity and respect.

We take a very humane and compassionate approach to the handling of all animals entrusted to our care.  We take exception to any comments or suggestions to the contrary.

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