The Escambia County Humane Society says it will have to close its doors because there isn't enough money to continue operating the facility. Twelve or 13 people will lose their jobs as a result.
Renee Jones with the ECHS said the push has been on for the last several weeks to get as many of the animals adopted as possible. The facility will close on May 31.
Jones says the North Baldwin Animal Shelter in Bay Minette is taking some dogs and cats, around 10 animals. The bulk of the animals, about 80 dogs and puppies, are going to SPCA Suncoast in New Port Richey, Florida.
Cat rescue is still not certain. ECHS is working to get some of the cats to the SPCA Suncoast and Purrfect Project in Mobile.
The remaining animals are being consolidated for transport in Brewton.
The facility, open for 7 years, is a non-profit that did have some municipal contracts to provide animal services to areas like Brewton and Atmore. The bulk of their funding, however, around 60 percent, came from a charitable trust that was dissolved in November 2010.
Once the facility closes, Jones says the animal services contracts with the cities will end as well.
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ESCAMBIA CO. HUMANE SOCIETY