West Palm Beach, FL (April 12, 2021) Operating since 1925, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League saves more cats and dogs than any other rescue organization in Palm Beach County and provides critical services to more than 30,000 animals each year. With the opening of its new Lesly S. Smith Pet Adoption Center, Peggy Adams will now have the capacity to save thousands more dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

A private ribbon cutting ceremony, with a limited number of guests due to the pandemic, took place on March 29 to usher in the new 28,000 square-feet, state-of-the-art Pet Adoption Center that is designed for the best environment for the animals and a welcoming experience for the public. The Center opened its doors to the public on April 1, 2021.

“Each day, when I see how many lives are being saved by Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, I am reminded of how important this organization is to our community,” stated Lesly S. Smith, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s Board of Directors’ Chairman. “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.”

The Center features a Cat Adoption Wing and three Dog Adoption Wings. The Cat Adoption Wing includes four large group cat apartments with catios, allowing the animals to access freely an outdoor area facing butterfly gardens. A central cat tower with condos for cats who prefer to be housed individually fills the center of the Cat Adoption Wing, with Cat Colony Rooms for small groups of related kitties completing the range of living spaces.

Dog Wings include large Dog Adoption Rooms for groups of compatible animals as well as individual dog kennels, all with outdoor patios readily accessible to the animals housed there. At the end of each wing, there is an outdoor dog play yard where daily play groups will be held, covered to protect from strong sun and rain, and with fans to circulate and cool the air.

The Pet Adoption Center will also include a veterinarian office, volunteer office, a large volunteer workroom/conference room, a volunteer lounge, and a general conference room, as well as a grooming room and photography studio. The Center also features Humane Education conference rooms which will enable Peggy Adams to extend the important message of dog and cat advocacy and care through the new educational programs just launched this year.

There is also a Cat Café inside the new Pet Adoption Center! Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea (donations appreciated) while playing with the cats and kittens visiting the café each day. The café will be open 11am to 6pm on a first-come, first-served basis, with up to four visitors admitted at a time. Visits last for up to one hour.

Peggy Adams has also created a welcoming environment on the outside too. Commemorative bricks will be laid in the entryway to the new center as well as in the outdoor terraces, while trees and benches honoring special pets and family members are featured throughout the grounds and the visitors’ areas.

Tours of the new Center are available upon request and naming opportunities are still available. For more information, please contact Kim Hanson at 561-472-8576, [email protected] or visit


About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League:

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League saves more lives than any other rescue organization in Palm Beach County and provides critical services to more than 30,000 animals each year.

The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals.  Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity navigator, and is the first animal shelter in South Florida to become AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited.  Peggy Adams is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925. For more information and to donate, please visit

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