Montgomery County animal adoption center increases live release rate

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center has been hard at work ever since its new facility opened in 2017. The reason for the new building was to improve service to the public but most important: improve conditions and the staff’s ability to care for animals.

“The expectation was from the minute we opened that we would be able to maintain above a 90% live release rate,” Animal Care and Adoption Center Director Eileen Mahan explained. With the staff’s hard work and dedication, live adoptions have risen from a 84% live release rate in 2014 to a 95% live release rate last year.

“It takes a lot of time, a lot of energy and a lot of passion, but we managed it,” Mahan said. “It was just a matter of days, we had transitioned into the new facility and our new goals and we never looked back.”

The two-year-old facility houses more animals and gives animals more space. Along with the help the new building provides, it wouldn’t be a great pet adoption center without the aide of the staff and volunteers.

When talking about the staff and volunteers at Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center, Mahan had this to said, “We’ve got a great group of people here that are dedicated to be able to maintain that live release rate and we will do what we have to do to make that happen, and so if it means social media posts and late nights, getting out to special events, hosting more events. Doing what we have to do to get people in here, it’s what we do.”

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