Curbside Cuddles and Cuddle Shuttle Pilot Programs Deliver Snuggles to Ease Staying at Home

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update No. 26

Hillsborough County, Fla. (March 25, 2020) - The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center (PRC) has launched an innovative pilot program aptly named Curbside Cuddles, for any adopters interested in a self-isolation sidekick, but are unable to physically come into the shelter. The program allows adopters to find a match at, and request a pet online by submitting their full name, contact information, and the ID number of their dream pet to, or by calling (813) 272-5900. Then they can swing by and get a furry curbside delivery.

For adopters unable to arrange a Curbside Cuddles pick-up, PRC is offering limited pet delivery via their new Cuddle Shuttles program. Deliveries will be offered based on availability and will only be to select areas of Hillsborough County.

Those adopting through Curbside Cuddles and Cuddle Shuttle pilot programs will be required to provide the same information as required for in-person adoption prior to pick-up or delivery. Once the adoption has been approved, staff will work with adopters to schedule a Curbside Cuddles pick-up or Cuddle Shuttle delivery.

Adoptions will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and the shelter remains open for in-person adoptions.

The Pet Resource Center, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, is the only open-admission shelter in Hillsborough County, meaning it accepts dogs and cats regardless of breed, size, or medical condition. Current hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. The shelter will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. Visit the center or search online to view hundreds of adoptable animals.

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