Fort Bend County Animal Services has exceeded a 90% save rate for both dogs and cats in August and September, a large step toward its goal of becoming a recognized rescue center for companion animals.
The save rate for dogs reached 90% in late 2016. This year, with the inclusion of a pilot TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program in Richmond and Needville, Animal Services has been able to save more cats enabling the shelter to achieve the save rate benchmark. Fort Bend County Animal Services has established programs, policies and procedures that give healthy and treatable pets a chance to find a loving home through adoption, rescue or foster. In the last few years, Commissioners Court has provided budget support for expansion of staff and the current expansion of the animal services facility, scheduled for completion in early 2019.
This success rate was achieved by expanding staff and employing a licensed veterinarian and veterinary technician. Also contributing to the achievement were outreach efforts to nationally recognized rescue organizations for advice and training, collaborations with the community to hold over 50 adoption events a year, and the continued support of many local volunteers and more than 160 community organizations such as S.O.C.A. (Saving Our Companion Animals), San Antonio Pets Alive, and Austin Pets Alive.
Judge Bob Hebert commented, “I am very pleased that we have passed the 90% save rate benchmark. This turnaround at our animal shelter has been a long-term goal for me, but it was only achieved through the cooperative efforts of our commissioners, our dedicated employees, numerous caring volunteers, great advice and training from Alley Cat Allies and Best Friends Animal Society, and the wonderful rescue organizations that work with us daily. With our in-house veterinary services and the soon to be completed shelter expansion, I’m confident we can continue this high-level rescue performance throughout the coming years.”
Residents can find annual and monthly save rate information on the Fort Bend County Animal Services Web page at www.fortbendcountytx.gov/AnimalServices by clicking on “Monthly Shelter Statistics Reports”. Residents looking to adopt a pet are encouraged to visit the shelter at 1210 Blume Road in Rosenberg, Monday through Saturday, or attend one of the following upcoming adoption events around the county:
- October 20th from 11-3, Great Wood at Ramble Creek Grill
- October 20th, Needville Harvest Festival
- October 26th, Trunk-or-Treat/Adoption event at Republic Gymnastics & Dance
- October 27th, BOO with the BLUE Trunk-or-Treat Adoption event at the Rosenberg County Annex (Sponsored by our Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Probation)
Pictured: Companion Animals
Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 750,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov.