After a surge of cruelty cases, the Montgomery County Animal Shelter is looking to the community for help with displaced animals in need of forever homes.
Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center will host a “Holiday S.O.S.” pet adoption drive this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18. MCASAC will offer no-cost adoptions in an effort to find new homes for homeless pets before the holidays.
The event is also an effort to relieve the strain of the shelter’s excess population due to several recent cases that resulted in the confiscation of over one hundred animals. 2016 has been an unprecedented year for MCASAC in the number of animals confiscated in animal cruelty cases including the “Rockville 66” case on New Year’s Day which brought 66 dogs into the shelter.
Between September and November alone, the shelter acquired over 110 cats and dogs via several humane law enforcement cases. Animal cruelty charges are being filed in several of these cases. Some of the animals cannot be made available for adoption until their case is finalized, leaving the shelter with less space for the animals coming in on a day-to-day basis.
“We really, really need our community’s help right now,” says Shelter Manager, Kate Walker. “Our shelter is incredibly full right now, and we need to get animals into homes, so we have the capacity to care for all of the animals in our custody.”
For the weekend of the event, all available animals (including cats, dogs, and small/exotic animals) will have waived adoption fees. Adoptions will be considered on a first come, first served basis, and MCASAC’s normal screening process will apply for all adoptions. Potential adopters should plan to bring all family members to ensure a good fit and should expect some extended waiting times due to the popularity of the event.
To find out more about adopting from MCASAC, go to the MCASAC Website or check out the “Holiday S.O.S.” event on the MCASAC Facebook page.
The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center provides high-standard sheltering and care to the homeless animals in our community and ensures the safety and welfare of the county’s citizens. Through adoptions, education, outreach, and more, MCASAC serves as a critical community resource to promote and advocate for responsible pet
care. Animal Services Officers are on duty seven days a week to investigate citizen complaints and respond to animal emergencies 24 hours a day. Looking for more information? Visit our Website or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Captions: All of the animals featured in photos in this article are available for adoption, click on the photos for more information.
Photos courtesy MCASAC