TVs at animal shelter to educate, entertain

PetCare TV was recently installed in two rooms at the Frederick County Animal Control Center by CaerVision of Frederick. From the left are Joe Blauer, senior account executive; Brookes Bruno, senior executive and director of sales; Robert Lulie, installation technician; and Shawn Snyder, volunteer coordinator at the center.

CaerVision, a Frederick company that specializes in installation and maintenance of TVs, primarily in veterinary offices, has installed two 32-inch televisions at Frederick County's animal shelter on Rosemont Avenue.

The TVs show videos from PetCare TV, which provides animal care education.

"It really provides something for people interested in adopting a pet, waiting for the adoption process or our staff, to watch," said Harold Domer Jr., director of the Animal Control Division.

While the company also installs large TVs in the offices of allergists and plastic surgeons, with videos geared to those services, its primary clients are veterinarians.

"We are in more than 2,000 veterinarian practices from Canada to Hawaii," said Brookes Bruno, CaerVision's senior executive and director of sales.

CaerVision installed the two TVs and provided a warranty as a service to the shelter. The company charges about $100 per month for service agreements and videos.

"I'm a pet lover and was here looking to adopt," Bruno said. "I thought it would work to put in the TVs here."

The TV in the main room, as one enters the shelter, is set up so that viewers can hear it, but the sound will not disturb receptionists talking to people at the desk.

"That is a busy place, the front desk," Domer said. "We have people coming in to look at animals, to adopt or return an animal, getting licenses for dogs and cats."

A second room, where animal control staff members talk to people about adoptions, was a perfect place for the other TV, Domer said. 

"We are in the business of education," Domer said. "We do have officers who enforce the criminal laws, but education is our main goal."

Shawn Snyder, who coordinates volunteers at the shelter, said the TVs are a positive addition, offering information on pets and education for the volunteers.

Volunteers show animals to people and help clean up and walk dogs, Domer said. "It means our veterinary technicians can devote their time to the medical part of the shelter, instead of doing the cleanups and other jobs," he said.

The videos on the TVs can be customized, Bruno said, or local videos of upcoming events can be shown along with educational programs.

The TVs fit in with efforts to make the shelter more visible, Domer said. "A lot of people just pass by and think it is just a government building." 

A new digital sign beside Rosemont Avenue shows some of the animals up for adoption, the shelter's hours and contact information.

"We are working on a mobile app for the shelter," Bruno said. "It would allow someone to capture information about the shelter as well." 

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