Updated: Apr 28, 2022
Ribbon cutting on the opening day of the Lesly S. Smith Pet Adoption Center. Photo by Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
A new, 28,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Pet Adoption Center for the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League was quietly celebrated with a small, private ribbon cutting ceremony on March 29, 2021. Open to the public on April 1, 2021, the new Lesly S. Smith Pet Adoption Center, named after the Chair of the Board of Directors, enables Peggy Adams to save thousands more dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. “I am incredibly proud to be involved with Peggy Adams and I am even more proud of the many residents of Palm Beach and the wider Palm Beach County area who have so generously supported this important project,” said Lesly Smith.
The Lesly S. Smith Adoption Center is designed to provide the best environment for the animals and a welcoming experience to the public. It features one Cat Wing, complete with cat apartments and catios to access an outdoor area facing a butterfly garden, and three Dog Wings, each of which has access to an outdoor play yard. These spacious yards are covered and have large fans to keep the dogs cool during the long summers. There is also a veterinarian office, grooming room, photography studio and other conference and staff rooms. The Cat Café offers visitors a cup of tea while playing with the cats and kittens from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Adoption Center also has Humane Feature conference rooms which will be used to help the organization further its advocacy through new educational programs.
Commemorative bricks will be laid in the entryway to the Adoption Center as well as the outdoor terraces, while trees and benches honoring special pets and family members are featured throughout the grounds and visitors areas. Naming opportunities are still available. To see all of the innovative features inside and out, tours of the new Center are available upon request.
The mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals. They also offer spay and neuter services and advocate for animal welfare within the community. Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is the first animal shelter in South Florida accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Peggy Adams is an independent, nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925. For more information, click here.