Whether it was the increased hours of operation for adoptions, continued support from rescue groups and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, or all the special adoption promotions, Hillsborough County Animal Services had more animals leave the shelter alive in December 2012 than any one month, ever.
In total, 772 animals found forever homes with adoptive families or rescue groups in December. That equates to 71 percent of all dogs and 37 percent of all cats. This compares to only 53 percent of dogs and 22 percent of cats leaving the shelter alive in December 2011.
“We still have a long way to go to reach our goals, and we can’t get there overnight,” said Ian Hallett, the new Hillsborough County Animal Services Director. “But it shows that we are on the right path and that the public supports us.”
Hallett’s main goal to increase foot traffic has paid huge dividends. The adoption rate climbed quickly in November when Animal Services opened its doors seven days per week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Each year, Hillsborough County Animal Services receives approximately 21,000 animals.