Frederick County Government’s fiscal year ended on June 30. In addition to reviewing statistics, budget, staffing, and other administrative items, the Frederick County Division of Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center has an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments achieved through the year. Each day we renew an ongoing commitment to our shelter animals and the community we serve. And, while our statistics reflect favorably in reduced animal intake and reduced euthanasia, it is important to highlight some of the specific programs and efforts that cause those favorable trends to occur.

  • Volunteers. With animals arriving daily as strays or unwanted, previously owned pets, shelter staff is kept busy providing basic care. Volunteers provide immeasurable help by assisting potential adopters, working with shy or behaviorally-challenged animals, attending events alongside staff or promoting animals on social media.
  • Foster Care.
    • Foster care providers temporarily take care of shelter animals needing extra attention. Foster care animals often include underage kittens, animals that need medication and/or palliative care, animals that exhibit stress in the busy-ness of the shelter environment, animals recovering from non-routine surgery and animals that need socialization.
  • Humane Education.
    • Our mission includes educating the public to “foster a more aware and caring community.” Our shelter is fortunate to have a Humane Educator who provides tours and presentations at the shelter, as well as attending offsite events to promote our adoptable animals and our programs.
  • Grant Funding
    • . We received $17,950 from the Maryland Department of Agriculture to assist county residents with financial need in spaying/neutering their pets. We still have funding remaining for male cats, and both male and female dogs. Contact the shelter for information on additional options for low cost spay/neuter
  • Community Support.
    • This element is perhaps the most important factor that allows our shelter to be successful in all areas. On a daily basis, visitors complement our shelter on its cleanliness, on our adoption process, and on the care we provide our shelter pets. It is our goal to continue to build upon our good reputation, consistently evaluate processes and protocols, and be responsive to public concerns.

    Our success stories are a result of multiple efforts working together. Currently, our longest-term resident is Buddy, a 2-year-old Lab mix that was placed in foster care with a dog trainer to work through his mouthiness. We look forward to placing Buddy and having him included in our successes as we begin fiscal year 2020.

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