Animal Adoptions Up, Euthanasia Down

Animal Adoptions Up, Euthanasia Down

2016 Statistics Highlight Success of Loudoun Animal Services.

Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) announced it saved 2,132 animals in 2016, more than in any other year in the agency’s history.

Department of Animal Services Director Nina Stively credits policy and programmatic changes that helped increase adoptions and improve the health and welfare of shelter pets.

“While the results of the internal policy changes have been dramatic in terms of the number of adoptions in 2016, all the changes in the world could not have helped us save 2,132 animals if the people of Loudoun weren’t on board,” Stively said in a release. Stively has been director of LCAS since September 2015.

“Volunteering, fostering, donating, adopting; lifesaving takes a village — or in this case a county — and we are so fortunate to be surrounded by a community of compassion,” she said, in a release.

Some of the new policies and programs LCAS has incorporated in the past year include the protocol for treating sick cats, partnering with other shelters, and repurposing the LCAS bus, Nicole Falceto, LCAS Community Relations Manager, said.

The LCAS bus was previously used for hands-off, educational programs called “Pets on Tour,” but in 2016 it was used for mobile adoptions, where pets could be adopted straight from the bus. Forty-seven pets were adopted this way last year, Falceto said.

LCAS has also adopted a “treatment in place” policy for sick cats, where cats were treated from their kennel and given supplements to increase their immune system health and comfort. Over 30 cats were saved this way, Falceto said.

Other 2016 statistics include:

  • 1,551 pets were adopted, an increase of 525 from 2015
  • 89 live release rate, up from 72 percent in 2015
  • Euthanasia dropped by 50 percent
  • 438 lost pets were returned to their owners
  • LCAS hosted a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic, helping 112 additional pets receive the vaccination.
  • LCAS volunteers donated service hours valued at $91,137
  • Volunteer foster homes provided temporary housing and care for 303 pets and donated 9,537 hours of in-home care
  • The Pet Pantry, a partnership between LCAS, the Humane Society of Loudoun County, and Loudoun Hunger Relief, collected 12,877 pounds of dog and cat food, and made 2,069 animal care kits for Loudoun families in need.

Stively said the agency expects to continue to expand outreach, adoption and inter-shelter partnerships over the next year, and hopes to see continued success in saving the lives of animals.