While commercial retailers like shopping centers, bars, hotels, and restaurants are in the process of catching up, one local rescue organization has made quite the splash in this area.
This organization, founded in 1988, is known as the Dogs and Cats Forever Sanctuary, Inc. It is a not-for-profit organization that set out with the mission to rescue as many of the 75,000 animals at risk for euthanasia in kill shelters in South Florida as possible. Hosting dogs and cats from the surrounding areas, this shelter does its best to never turn away an animal in need. No animal in their care will ever be sold for research, entertainment, or exploitation. They seek to end animal abuse and neglect, help care for animals in the area, provide foster homes and even host tons of fundraising events to keep their animals well cared for.
Another huge organization that serves Fort Pierce is the Humane Society of St. Lucie. This 501(c)3 organization is a nationally accredited shelter for pups in the area. They've had their doors open for business since 1956, and in that time, have grown to rescue, care for, and rehome about 5,000 animals in the community every year. The overall goal of this St. Lucie shelter is to provide immediate care for animals that make their way under their roof and also to help create a better future for all animals throughout the county. In fact, they never turn an animal away!